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Caernarfon Castle 1994.jpg
Caernarfon Castle
Map of Gwynedd, with a red dot showing the location of Caernarfon
Map of Gwynedd, with a red dot showing the location of Caernarfon
Location within Gwynedd
Population9,852 (2011 census)
OS grid referenceSH485625
• Cardiff171 miles (275 km)
Principal area
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtLL54, LL55
Dialling code01286
PoliceNorth Wales
FireNorth Wales
UK Parliament
List of places
53°08′N 4°16′W / 53.14°N 4.27°W / 53.14; -4.27Coordinates: 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.

Twinning[change | change source]

Caernarfon has one twin town. It is twinned with:

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