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image for Castle item typeHarlech Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £4.10-£6.90

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Harlech Castle

Details

Harlech’s battlements spring out of a near-vertical cliff-face. 'Men of Harlech.' The nation’s unofficial anthem, loved by rugby fans and regimental bands alike, is said to describe the siege which took place here during the War of the Roses, wherein a handful of men held out against a besieging army of thousands. Edward’s tried and tested ‘walls within walls’ model was put together in super-fast time between 1283 and 1295 by an army of nearly a thousand skilled craftsmen and labourers.

Edward liked to use only the best masons from Savoy and England’s finest carpenters and blacksmiths. At the time this was one of the cheapest of Edward’s castles. A snip at a mere £8,190.

The structure, overseen by Master of the King’s Works, James of St George, boasts two rings of walls and towers, with an immensely strong east gatehouse. It was impregnable from almost every angle. Its secret weapon was a 200-foot (61m) long stairway which still leads from the castle to the cliff base.

Access via the stairway to the sea and crucial supplies kept the castle’s besieged inhabitants fed and watered. When it was first built, a channel would have connected the castle and the sea. You could have sailed a boat up to the moat. Seven hundred years later, the sea has receded and you could say the castle appears almost stranded, waiting for the tide to turn once more.

The newly installed ‘floating’ bridge at Harlech Castle makes access to the castle truly available for all. The bridge connects the castle with the brand new visitor centre in the former Castle Hotel building.

Coach parties acceptedGift shopAccepts groups

Pay and display parking

Opening Details

Open all the time

1 September - 31 October 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm
1 November 2018 - 28 February 2019 Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan.
1 March - 30 June 2019 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
1 July - 31 August 2019 Daily 9.30am - 6.00pm.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid until March 2019
Adult - £6.90
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) - £20.00
Seniors £5.50
Students and children under 16 - £4.10
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Castle Square,
Harlech,
Gwynedd,
LL46 2YH

Location

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

Pay and display parking