- Castles and Palaces
Suitable for all ages
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Spectacularly sited Harlech Castle seems to grow naturally from the rock on which it is perched. Like an all seeing sentinel, it gazes out across land and sea, keeping a watchful eye over Snowdonia. Very grand and bound to perk up the kids' imaginations, especially when you tell them it only cost £8k new... That was a while ago though!
The English monarch Edward I built Harlech in the late 13th century to fulfil this very role. It was one of the most formidable of his 'iron ring' of fortresses designed to contain the Welsh in their mountain fastness. There is a 200 foot long stairway which still leads from the castle down to the cliff base: a secret escape route!
It's funny to think that this castle used to be connected by short channel to the sea, nowadays the water has receded a great distance away, leaving the fortress high and dry. Can the kids imagine the sea just moving away like that…?
Worth noting that alternative parking is available nearby while their car park is closed long term for redevelopment: follow the yellow signs, apparently!
- Picnics Allowed
- Restaurant Onsite
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available Nearby
Getting There and Contact Information
Harlech, Gwynedd, LL46 2YH, Wales
Click here to visit Harlech Castle's website
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00, Sunday 11:00 - 16:00. Closed 24th - 26th December, 1st January
Kids (5-15): £4.20
Under 5's: Free
Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £19.30
Beautiful castle, with beautiful views
Written by steph430 . 18.12.17
Harlech castle is an absolute gem when it comes to views of the surrounding area, and when you want a day out in Wales this is definitely a castle that should be on your list. I would say however, that it is extremely hilly around the area and therefore, might not be great for younger kids who are still in pushchairs, or so I thought until I saw the floating bridge which makes disabled access and access with a pushchair just so much easier! The visitor centre is also very interesting with some information about the castles history.