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Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Castle, £4.40-£7.20

Castle Square,
Harlech,
Gwynedd,
LL46 2YH

Details

None of Edward I’s mighty coastal fortresses has a more spectacular setting.

Harlech Castle crowns a sheer rocky crag overlooking the dunes far below – waiting in vain for the tide to turn and the distant sea to lap at its feet once again.

No further drama is really required but, just in case, the rugged peaks of Snowdonia rise as a backdrop. Against fierce competition from Conwy, Caernarfon and Beaumaris, this is probably the most spectacular setting for any of Edward I’s castles in North Wales. All four are designated as a World Heritage Site.

Harlech was completed from ground to battlements in just seven years under the guidance of gifted architect Master James of St George. Its classic ‘walls within walls’ design makes the most of daunting natural defences.

Even when completely cut off by the rebellion of Madog ap Llewelyn the castle held out – thanks to the ‘Way from the Sea’. This path of 108 steps rising steeply up the rock face allowed the besieged defenders to be fed and watered by ship.

Harlech is easier to conquer today. An incredible ‘floating’ footbridge allows you to enter this great castle as Master James intended – for the first time in 600 years.

Coach parties acceptedGift shopAccepts groups

Children welcome

Pay and display parking

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
1 September - 31 October 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2019 - 29 February 2020 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019:
Adult £7.20
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £21.20
Senior £5.80
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £4.40
Children under 5 - Free

Address

Castle Square,
Harlech,
Gwynedd,
LL46 2YH

Location and nearby places

Directions

Plan route to Harlech Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 580313  Lat: 52.86050 Long: -4.10949

Harlech is situated off the A496 north from Barmouth; follow the signs to the Castle off this road into the town centre where there is car parking. From the north, turn off the A487 road to Porthmadog at Maentwrog onto the A496 for Harlech and take the B4573 into the town. Note a steep walk from the railway station to the Castle!

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Harlech station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Pay and display parking

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