Photo: Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri – Snowdonia National Park

Built in the late 13th Century by Edward I, Harlech Castle was designed to be an extremely steadfast component of Edward’s ‘iron ring’ of fortifications. With astonishing views over the Irish Sea, the Castle has achieved a reputation for seeming to grow out of the rock that it stands on. It is an impressive part of the landscape and certainly worth visiting.

A World Heritage Site, Harlech Castle is built out of local stone and is a real gem of the Welsh coastline. When you visit you will be amazed at its sheer size and the Gate-House epitomises this as one of its most impressive features. It can be seen from miles away as the fortress rests on a rocky outcrop reaching a breathtaking 61 metres in height.

On entering the castle’s guarded interior make sure you walk through to the other side and have a look at the remarkable staircase. This 200 foot fortified and gated architectural marvel was designed as a passage to transport supplies delivered by ships. Now it makes for quite a strange sight as the tide has receded, meaning that the stairs are isolated along with the Castle.

Inside the castle you’ll find a number of information boards with a complete rendering of the Castle’s colourful and impressive history. These are really popular with visitors and are a brilliant resource for the kids to use to learn some exciting facts.


Castle Square, Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2YH

Tel: 01766 780 552

Opening Times: 1st April – 30th June 9:30am-5pm, 1st July – 31st August 9:30am-6pm, 1st September – 31st October 9:30am-5pm, 1st November – 28th February 10am-4pm Mon-Sat & 11am-4pm Sunday, 1st March-31st March 9:30am-5pm. Closed 24th-26th December and 1st January.