Harlech Castle, Harlech

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#1 of 13 in Historic Sites in Snowdonia National Park
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Harlech attractions like Harlech Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Been two years since we last visited and the new visitor centre is now open....what a difference !!,fantastic, you now enter through a lovely shop area where you buy your wristband for your visit,ther...  more »
  • Great castle ruins to explore with a new visitors centre showing a brilliant panoramic video of the story of the castle. Just enough information around the castle to tell you about it without getting ...  more »
  • A great workout. Up the turrets and down the steps. Great views and lots to learn. The dog was allowed to go in and discount for kids and students. Cafe and gift shop. Loved it as a whole family.  more »
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  • Excellent, staff at the reception were friendly and helpful, not just to us, but everyone i heard them talking too. Clean, tidy, well signed visitor centre. Castle interpretation was in good condition and well presented. Access to various parts was very good, although you would need a head for heights for the tower tops and ramparts. The usual gift shop was stocked with a good range of items for all. Have a walk around the town too, plenty of interesting shops, etc
  • A must see. Good access to almost all parts. Climbing the tower and walking the wall is a great experience, particularly on a windy day!
  • As a lover of castles this is a great one. Not the biggest but the scenery from the castle is breathtaking. Nice little cafe and dramatic talks tell you the myths & legends of the castle. I'd recommend this place & very reasonably priced.
  • It cost us around £7 entry charge but well worth the visit. Fantastic views and well presented. However parking should have been free to visitors
  • Lovely new welcome center and shop with café, also it appears to be the 1 castle that dogs are allowed in, although not up the turrets, but that was not an issue as was just great not having to leave him in the car park. Full marks for that.

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