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Welcome to the website of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum

The Museum is housed in two towers of Caernarfon Castle.  In it you will find a wealth of original exhibits, supported by film, sound and models, which tell the story of over 300 years of service by Wales’ oldest infantry regiment, in peacetime and in war, all around the world.

You can learn how the Regiment won 14 Victoria Crosses and hear the words of the famous writers who served with the Royal Welch during the First World War - Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves, “Hedd Wyn”, David Jones and Frank Richards.  You will see what life was like for the ordinary soldier and his family and discover the Regiment’s  unique traditions.  See the Stories page for a flavour of what the Museum offers.

Royal Welch history begins with the campaigns of William III, and includes Marlborough’s wars, the American War of Independence, the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the Crimean War, the Boer War and China.  Many battalions of the Regiment saw action in the First and Second World Wars.  In peacetime the Royal Welch has provided garrison troops in Canada, India, Hong Kong and the West Indies.

More recently the Royal Welch has carried out many tours of duty in Northern Ireland and has been deployed on peace-keeping and humanitarian operations, often under the UN or NATO.   These have included missions in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

On March 1st 2006 the three Welsh infantry regiments combined to form a new regiment – The Royal Welsh.  The title of the Royal Welch Fusiliers now is 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh (The Royal Welch Fusiliers).

North Wales is the traditional home of the Royal Welch Fusiliers but recruits have come from all over the United Kingdom and Ireland, particularly during the two World Wars.  This means that the Regiment has connections with families worldwide and we will be pleased to help with your family history research.  Our Enquiries page will tell you how to proceed.

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The Museum is open all year round except on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The seasonal opening times are as follows:

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Stories

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The museum has thousands of stories to tell, from the experience of a single individual to the history of entire battalions.

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