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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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  • Average castle, not that interesting. Only spent 1hr there. The village is drab and basically shut! Lots of shops and a few cafes....all shut. Chip shop open Friday and Saturday only. 
    Average castle, not that interesting. Only spent 1hr there. The village is drab and basically shut! Lots of shops and a few cafes....all shut. Chip shop open Friday and Saturday only.  more »
  • Its taken quite a few years for a return visit to this area, and to see the castle, so we were a bit disappointed with what we saw. Undeniably it is a massive statement of C13th English power and... 
    Its taken quite a few years for a return visit to this area, and to see the castle, so we were a bit disappointed with what we saw. Undeniably it is a massive statement of C13th English power and...  more »
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  • Wonderfully preserved castle, I first visited when aged about 7 years old, perfect for children to learn about the history of Wales. Beautiful views if the coast and the hills around here. Very quiet at the moment, great time to visit.
  • Well preserved, well ordered. Worth purchasing a guide, as there's lots to take in. Tour guides would be great to relay the complex history of the site! Tea room served good tea and cake.

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