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Caernarfon Castle
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Map of Gwynedd, with a red dot showing the location of Caernarfon
Population 9,852 (2011 census)
OS grid reference SH485625
• Cardiff 171 miles (275 km)
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Country Wales
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LL54, LL55
Dialling code 01286
Police North Wales
Fire North Wales
Ambulance Welsh
EU Parliament Wales
UK Parliament
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53°08′N 4°16′W / 53.14°N 4.27°W / 53.14; -4.27

Caernarfon, officially the Caernarfon Royal Town (pronounced Kyer-narvon), is a royal town and community in Gwynedd, an area of Wales. It has a population of 9,852 people, according to the 2011 census.

It is 8.6 miles (13.8 km) south-west of the city of Bangor and 19.4 miles (31.2 km) north of Porthmadog. It is on the Menai Strait, opposite Anglesey. The A487 goes through the town.

It is a royal town. Queen Elizabeth II made Caernarfon a royal borough in 1963. Since 1974, the town has not been a borough but was allowed to keep its royal title.

The town is home to Caernarfon Castle, a castle that was built between 1283 and 1330 by order of King Edward I.

Since 2016, Caernarfon has hosted the Caernarfon Food Festival. It takes place every year.


Caernarfon has one twin town. It is twinned with:


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