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The siting of Harlech Castle in 1283 by the English king Edward I was deliberate. With sheer drops on two sides, and ditches dug out on the other two sides, the castle was in an ideal postion as he most formiddable fortress in the "Iron Ring of Castles" - means of keeping the welsh out of England and containing them to the mountains.

The castle was captured by Owain Glyndwr in 1404 as part of the National Uprising, and held for five years during a long siege.

The construction is concentric with a double ring of defences. The Outer Walls are now mostly in ruins, but the Inner Walls still retain their full height of 40 feet and thickness of 12 feet. Inside would have been found domestic buildings, chapel, bakehouse, halls and kitchens.

The Gate had seven obstacles, including three portcullises. Seaward there is a 200 feet stairway, which at the time would have reached sea level for provisions to be brought to the castle.

You can climb the walls for a stunning view of the surrounding countryside - the dunes along the coast and Snowdonia in the distance.

Inside a small musuem explains the history of the castle. There is a small shop by the entrance. The castle is open 9.30 - 18.00 and the entrance fee is GBP3.00 for adults and GBP2.50 for children.

Harlech, a combination of magnificent medieval architecture and breathtaking location, is an unmissable castle, a fact reinforced by its status as a World Heritage Inscribed site.

Address: Castle Square, Harlech, Gwynedd LL46 2YH
Directions: 54 miles from Aberystwyth
27 miles from Betws-y-Coed
27 miles from Caernarfon

Website: http://www.harlech.com

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  • Updated Aug 11, 2004
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