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Harlech Castle

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Harlech Castle
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United Kingdom
High Medieval (1000AD–1300AD)
1200AD - 1299AD
Edward I of England
Harlech, Wales,
Caernarfon Castle, Conwy Castle,
Beaumaris Castle, Denbigh Castle,

Harlech Castle history

Harlech Castle is a dramatic medieval stronghold and one of a ring of imposing castles built by Edward I between 1283 and 1289 in his conquest of Wales.

In 1404, Harlech Castle was subject to a siege and captured by rebel Welsh forces led by Owain Glyndwr. Glyndwr would hold Harlech Castle for four years, housing a parliament there.

The site would also play a role in the Wars of the Roses, when it was laid siege by the Yorkists and eventually taken from the Lancastrians. This event was the inspiration for the song Men of Harlech.

Today, Harlech Castle is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The castle has information boards about its history.


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Okami Blackcrystal
14 Oct, 2015

The castle is 200 feet long and 100 feet deep. Sorry, I don't know the rest, but I'm trying to find out.


what are harlech castles measurements

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contact details

Address: Twtil, Harlech, Gwynedd LL46

Phone: +44 1766 780552

visitor information

Directions to Harlech Castle:
Located 54 miles north of Aberystwyth and next to Harlech rail station.

Harlech Castle opening times and ticket prices:
March-Oct: 9:30am-5pm daily (to 6pm July-Aug) Nov-Feb: 10am-4pm daily (from 11am Sundays) Last entry half an hour before closing. Closed 24-26 Dec, 1 Jan. Entry £3.60 full, £3.20 reduced. Family/ group tickets available.


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