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Harlech Castle, Harlech

Categories: Castles, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • The castle was lovely, well preserved and tended. There was no rubbish and there is plenty of stairs to climb. The place is wheelchair accessible which is a bonus. That being said we were quite disapp...  read more »
  • Harlech Castle is fabulous, the new bridge gives excellent views of the castle and it's situation. Much better than the old wooden steps. The visitor centre, should and café are great. The smoke breat...  read more »
  • This is a great castle, it is a ruin but well worth a visit. The ruins are well looked after by cadw. The views from the top are really great. This is well worth a visit. 
  • Well worth a drive to visit. It's a large castle with lots of levels, rooms and ramparts to explore - we enjoyed it as adults but other people's kids were very happy running around. The view over the land and out to the sea is fantastic - and then, if you visit he beach and the sand dunes, there are great photos of the castle itself. There were enough info plaques for my taste explaining the layout and the history. We parked for free - I think it was a Sunday - in a nearby street, and then drove to the beach and again parked for free in one of the streets of the seaside caravan park / village, but there's a cheap car park right next to the dunes too.
  • Harlech Castle is an interesting castle. Located within Snowdonia and near to really stunning beaches. Climbing up the tower will give you some nice views. Take your breath with you, as you might need to pause. Car-park just nearby, might be fully parked. Fee for one hour, £1. Entrance to the castle; £6. They have an fantastic cafe / restaurant, giving you some extra views. All in once, the castle and town + area is highly enjoyable. Good for singles, but families too.
  • Visited whilst staying in nearby by Barmouth, as it was only a 10 minute drive away. Quite narrow streets around Harlech especially near the Castle, but a reasonable amount of parking at the Castle itself, with another car park a 5 minute walk away. The Castle itself is nice to walk around, with the entrance comprising of a gift shop and small cafe (which we didn't use, but looked nice). Entry for a family of 4 is around £17 and it took us about an hour in total to walk around. You can get up on to some of the higher walkways and turrets, but don't look over the edge if you are afraid of heights! It does offer fantastic views however. You get bands around your wrist and you are free to come and go should you wish to explore Harlech and return to the Castle later on, so that adds some extra value. It can get quite muddy within the ruins itself, so some sturdy footwear is recommended if its wet or been raining recently. All i all, we found it good value for money - the kids enjoyed themselves (there is a quiz for them to do as they go around) and I would recommend it to anyone.
  • Had a short visit today but still enjoyed it!! Car parking is £1 per hour next to the castle. They allow dogs on short leads only. The visitors centre with cafe is modern with a bridge to take you in to the castle!
  • Great castle with modern visitors centre, access bridge and facilities. The castle retains its medieval charm and has been made safe and attractive very well so as not to take away from the original castle.
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