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Harlech Castle, Harlech

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World heritage site · Castle · Historic Site
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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Harlech attractions like Harlech Castle can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Harlech castle is a big castle that you can climb to the top to see the beautiful views that surround it. It is good value for money, good for kids. Dogs are allowed in but to be kept on leads. You... 
    Harlech castle is a big castle that you can climb to the top to see the beautiful views that surround it. It is good value for money, good for kids. Dogs are allowed in but to be kept on leads. You...  more »
  • We went to Harlech on a Sunday mid afternoon having only done minimal research online and was not let down. The village which is small and on a steep hill was well stocked with shops but street... 
    We went to Harlech on a Sunday mid afternoon having only done minimal research online and was not let down. The village which is small and on a steep hill was well stocked with shops but street...  more »
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  • We're staying not far from here and planned to visit this castle as a part of our trip. With an initial trouble to find a parking spot, then climbing the steepest road in the UK, we managed to get there. The castle is a well maintained with, at the time of our visit, volunteers dressed for the atmosphere and teaching kids some medieval arts. We enjoyed the views and walks.
  • A lovely old castle with plenty to see. Stunning views if you can climb the narrow stairs. Plenty of information boards around giving the history of the castle and how people lived there. There's limited parking that belongs to the council not the castle. The road to reach the castle is very narrow and has a few sharp uphill turns!!

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