Harlech Castle, Snowdonia

Built in the 13th century by King Edward I to watch over the sea, Snowdonia and contain the Welsh, it’s a formidable edifice and it’s not difficult to imagine how terrifying a site it must have been to the King’s enemies. However, the stronghold didn’t last when it was taken in 1404 by Welsh leader and national hero Owain Glyn Dwr.

As a World Heritage Inscribed site, Harlech Castle is of national importance as a fabulous example of Medieval architecture. The huge twin-towered gatehouse, immensely thick two rings of walls and sheer cliffside location is a stark reminder of how treacherous life was during the warring years. Its ability to hold off its foes truly tested during the War of the Roses, when a handful of men held out against thousands.

Today, visitors can amble around the castle, climb onto the ramparts and dream of life long ago. Little ones will love exploring the towers, whilst grown-ups can admire the incredible views. There’s a visitor centre to check out, and dogs are welcome on leads.

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