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Overview

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.

More about Harlech Castle


Opening times

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 6pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

9.30am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm Monday - Saturday

11am – 4pm Sunday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£7.30
Family*
£21.20
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans 
£4.40
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£5.80

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Facilities

Bike storage icon Charging car park icon Digital trail icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon Holiday accommodation icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon School visits icon Accessible toilets icon Toilets icon Venue hire icon Water refill station icon Wi-Fi icon

Bike storage area available in car park or close to the monument.

Charging car park available.

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Cadw holiday accommodation is available to hire close to this site.

Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Light refreshments are available.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

Discover our free facilitated educational activities.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Water refill station available at this site.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


Directions

Road
A496 from Barmouth, A487/A496 from Porthmadog.
Rail
200m/220yards, Shrewsbury-Machynlleth/Pwllheli route.
Bus
150m/170yards, route No 38 + 39 (No 2 on Sunday), Barmouth-Harlech/Porthmadog.
www.visitharlech.wales/harlech-hoppa
Bike
NCN Route No.8 On route.

Postcode LL44 2YH

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 01766 780552

Email
HarlechCastle@gov.wales

Address
Due to technical difficulties, our sites do not have computer access. Please ring our sites directly or send any e-mails to cadw@gov.wales

Harlech Castle
Harlech LL46 2YH