Harlech Castle, Harlech

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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  • Harlech Castle (Welsh: Castell Harlech), located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales, is a medieval fortification, constructed atop a spur of rock close to the Irish Sea. It was built by Edward I during his in...  more »
  • We last visited Harlech Castle some 50 years ago, and knew it was great! Its history, siting, architecture et al is just fabulous - or was. Who the xxxxxxxx allowed that disgusting plastic bridge and ...  more »
  • Beautiful atmospheric castle in the middle of the town. We didn't have tome to visit as we went out on a crazy long walk. I did nip in to use the toilets which were fabulous.
  • Great visitor attraction with some lovely shops and cafes to visit in Harlech too. Why not have a walk along the beach while you’re here. It’s a stunning 4 miles of golden sands!
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