This site is open to visit either by booking tickets online or purchasing tickets on arrival at our visitor centre.
To visit this monument:
- check our opening times, prices and facilities below
- purchase your admission tickets on arrival or book online
- bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.
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.
Harlech Castle Guidebook World Heritage Site
Buy your guidebook online today
10% off for Cadw members!
Bike storage area available in car park or close to the monument.
Charging car park available.
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 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.
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.
Postcode LL44 2YH
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.
Telephone 03000 252239
Harlech LL46 2YH
For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01766 780552