Construction on Victoria Dock (or Doc Fictoria) began in the 1870’s at the urging of Llewelyn turner, mayor of Caernarfon and a forward-thinking sort of person. The slate industry was booming, which led to increased shipping, and the harbour was the perfect site. In later years the dock fell into disrepair, but in the past decade or so it has reversed direction and has now become a major asset to Caernarfon and surrounding communities.
Overlooking the beautiful Manai Straits and the Isle of Anglesey and just a short walk from Caernarfon town centre, Victoria Dock is home to a wide variety of shops, stores, restaurants, pubs and other attractions. Luxury apartments and splendid new homes line the perimeter of the harbour, with new top-class commercial properties also available.
The Victoria Dock Marina is capable of berthing and servicing up to 48 vessels, with visitor’s berths for another 30, and offers both public and private access. An award-winning art and creative business centre, the Galeri, opened in 2005.
The Galeri boasts a 400-seat theatre/cinema plus space for exhibitions, conference facilities, rehearsal rooms and more. It is home to a number of creative companies including Alan Jones, Boomerang, Pesda Press and the new Arfon Chiropractic Clinic.
There are a number of outstanding cafes and restaurants along and near the harbour, offering international cuisine from English to Italian to Indian, French, Thai and Tandoori, plus the all-important chip shops. A new retail centre, the Celtica, offers a unique shopping experience, with an exquisite array of Welsh and Celtic goods including local crafts and food.
Visitor accommodations are also top-rated, among them a new Travelodge and a Premier Inn. Close by is the Black Boy Inn, one of the oldest public houses/hotels in Caernarfon, the stylish Celtic Royal Hotel, the homey Tegfan Bed and Breakfast and many other inviting hotels and guest houses.