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Caernarfon Town

The Oval

Capacity: 3,000 (Seats 250)
Address: Marcus St, Caernarfon, LL55 2HT
Telephone: 01286 674620
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Canaries or Cofis
Year Ground Opened: 1888
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: Yellow and Green


The Oval is quite an open ground with portions of open standing areas on three sides. On one side is the small but smart looking Main Stand. This covered all seated stand is free of any supporting pillars and gives good views of the pitch. Sitting astride the halfway line it runs for around a third of the length of the pitch, with flat standing areas on either side. Unusually the team dugouts are not located in front of the Main Stand, but on the opposite side of the ground on the East Side. This leads to a procession of players and club officials at half, and at full time. This side of the ground is largely open standing areas, although one side running up towards the Club Shop in one corner, the standing area is elevated, with a sizeable fence running along it to prevent fans from falling. Located on the halfway line on this side is an odd looking two storey structure, that amongst other things encompasses the television gantry and press area. The team dugouts are situated directly underneath this structure and a small roof has been attached above them to provide some shelter from the rain.

At one end is a small covered seated stand, called the Hendre End. Although only three rows high and having a number of supporting pillars running across the front of it, it does extend the full width of the pitch. Interestingly the seats from this stand came from Shrewsbury Town’s old Gay Meadow ground. Opposite at the Marcus Street End is a largely open terrace which has a small basic looking covered area behind the goal. The ground has a set of eight floodlights, four of which are located down each side. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch crossing from the East side towards the Main Stand. The Oval is located in the middle of a residential area and with the ground being quite open, it is overlooked by a number of houses.

Normally there is no segregation of fans at the Oval, apart from the odd local derby match. Usually, a friendly welcome awaits the visitor and the facilities are adequate. If looking for an alternative for food then nearby on South Road is a Tesco’s Supermarket and a McDonalds. Caernarfon itself is a pleasant town to visit.

There is a supporters club bar at the ground that normally welcomes visiting supporters. The nearest pub is the Eagles Hotel on Tithebarn Street which is around a ten minute walk away. Otherwise, Caernarfon Town Centre is around a 20 minute walk away, where there are plenty of pubs to be found, including a Wetherspoons outlet on Eastgate Street, called the Tafarn Y Porth, which is listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also listed in the Good Beer Guide is the Black Boy Inn on Northeast Street.

From the North East 
At the end of the A55 North Wales Expressway take the A487 towards Caernarfon. On reaching Caernarfon continue around the town keeping on the A487 towards Portmahdog. After passing over a long bridge and reaching the Eagles Hotel, move to the left hand lane and continue straight on towards Beddgelert (A4085). Then take the third right into Segontium Road South. The Oval ground entrance is at the end of this road.

There is a car park at the ground which is free, otherwise there is plenty of street parking in the local area.

There is no mainline railway station in Caernarfon itself. The nearest station is located in Bangor located just under ten miles away. There is a regular bus service (5C & 5D) from Bangor to Caernarfon operated by Arriva. The journey time is around 20-25 minutes depending on service. See the Arriva website for more information and timetables. Caernarfon Bus Station is around a 15 minute walk away from the Oval ground.

Adults: £7
Concessions £5
Under 18’s £2 (£1 if accompanied by an adult).

Official Matchday Programme: £2

Caernarfon Town FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Porthmadog and Bangor City.

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If there is anything that needs to be updated or if you have something to add to the Guide to the Oval Caernarfon Town then please email me at: [email protected].

Special thanks to Owen Pavey for providing the photos of the Oval Ground Caernarfon Town.

  • Caernarfon Town v Prestatyn Town
    League Cup Third Round
    Tuesday 24th September 2019, 7.30pm
    John Sanders (Neutral)

    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the the Oval Ground?
    Yes as I was on holiday in Caernarfon.
    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
    I walked from my hotel up a steep hill to the ground!
    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
     The club staff were friendly.
    The club staff were friendly when I told them I was a first-timer and showed me around the club shop which had a good stock of non-league and football league programmes. I tried to buy programme, but they hadn't been delivered yet by the printers. They offered to save me a match programme to collect although they did not arrive. 
    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Oval Ground?
    The stadium was pretty much as I expected with two small covered stands behind each goal and a larger covered stand on the halfway line which is where I sat. What was noticeable was a very pronounced slope across the pitch so that on one side supporters had a railing fence to look down onto the pitch. The pitch surface was in good condition.
    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
    The atmosphere on a cold wet night was okay from a crowd of approx 250. The home fans got behind their team after they scored even though they did not play well. There was a small group of approx 30 away fans who made plenty of noise as all Prestatyn's goals went in. The final score was Caernarfon Town 1 Prestatyn Town 4 with two players sent off so it was a very entertaining game.
    An excellent performance by Prestatyn, who bossed the game from the off. A Bryan Hughes look-alike for Prestatyn (No 11) ran the game.
    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
    Fine. Just a walk back down to my hotel.
    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
    I have only visited one Welsh game before; a Champions League game at the New Saints a few years ago. I quite often go to see my local non-league team; Bromsgrove Sporting, who play in the Southern League Premier and I have to say I  was surprised that the standard of football in the Caernarfon Town game was better than at Bromsgrove. When I am on holiday in wales again I will certainly try to get to another game. It is such a different experience all round than at an EFL Championship game ( I support Birmingham City).
  • Game Attended

    Wales C v England C


    International Challenge Match



    Kick Off Time


    Team Supported


    Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the ground itself?

    A match against the English at Caernarfon - what's not to like. I hadn't been there since August 1988 to see Caernarfon Town v Horwich RMI in the Northern Premier League.

    How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

    We had driven up in the day and were staying over at the Travelodge. We took a tacsi up to the ground. Well recommended as one of our group has a bad ankle and it's a fair hike uphill.

    What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

    We ate and drank in The Black Boy, a fabulous old pub with great food. The UEFA Officials were based there too so happy to have a chat to the match officials before the game (from Northern Ireland).

    What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

    The ground hasn't changed much as still has some slope. I'm sure the main stand is new from my previous visit. There is cover on three sides and with a good crowd of 1403 in there was a good partisan atmosphere generated.

    Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

    There was great atmosphere and the anthem was sung with gusto and then Wales ripped into England from the start and smashed them for four in the first half. In fairness Callum Roberts should have been awarded a penalty for England when he was clearly scythed down but neither the referee or linesman had any of it. The second half England made a bit more running playing down the slope but Ramsey in goal was equal to it and pulled off some good saves and commanded his area well. Whilst looking dangerous on the break Wales were happy to sit on the lead and it finished 4-0 to the delight of the majority of the crowd.

    Comment on getting away from the ground after the game

    We had a tacsi booked from the main road down the hill and given the driving rain we were glad of it and glad to get back to the pub for a warm up and a celebratory pint... well the two of us supporting Wales were.

    Summary of overall thoughts of the day out

    I love the non-league Internationals and do wish there could be a Home Nations tournament with Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the future. Sadly the English FA seem to be pulling away from England C so I wouldn't hold my breath.


Updated 16th May 2024
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