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Harlech Castle, Harlech

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Edward I built the formidable Harlech Castle during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289. Today, UNESCO calls this remarkably well-preserved World Heritage site one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe." This medieval fortification stands proudly on top of a spur of rock close to the Irish Sea, to which it was once connected. Hike up the castle’s tallest tower to enjoy magnificent views of the coast and beautiful Snowdonia. Read the display boards dotted around the castle to get an understanding of its history, and the lives of those who lived there. Wales’ unofficial anthem, "Men of Harlech," describes the siege of Harlech during the War of the Roses. The walk up to the castle and the steps up the towers are steep and may not be suitable for those with limited mobility. Plan your Harlech Castle visit and explore what else you can see and do in Harlech using our Harlech trip generator.
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  • Interesting castle, great to climb around in and very prectically situated in the centre of Harlech with a beatiful view over the coastline. However we would have wished for more descriptions of the h...  more »
  • Car Park next to castle, very reasonable £1 an hour, not many places, get there early, castle opens 9.30 daily, well worth climbing the 144 steps to top of tower, magnificent views on a clear day.  more »
  • Having wanted to see the castle for a while, I was able to finally visit the castle and I was not disappointed! As you drive into Harlech, it is the first thing you spot with its imposing position on ...  more »
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  • Great place for history lovers. Explore the castle to your heart's content then eat the biggest slice of cake ever, from the super cafe here. We also saw a dragon....
  • Very dog friendly. Cafe has gorgeous food. Go up on the ramparts to experience the fantastic views.
  • Brilliant example of an early 11th century English built castle. Far reaching views across the Irish Sea.
  • Castle is amazing. Staff in the cafe where helpful and happy. Staff at the ticket office where not welcoming and very moody.
  • One of the best castles around. During the summer it gets great entertainment and opportunities.