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700 267 Castell Harlech Castle


A ‘must see’ little town, not just for the views across the dunes but also for its clifftop medieval castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recent developments here include a stunning new visitor centre, with state-of-the-art interpretation facilities, and a café, Caffi’r Castell, which has a platform area where you can sip an espresso looking out majestically over the plain towards Snowdon in the distance.

Pont Ymwelwyr Castell Harlech Castle Visitor Bridge

Getting here is so easy, as the Visit Wales designated Coastal Way passes through the town, the scenic Cambrian Coast train line stops here, check out Gwynedd Council for timetables, and there is a regular bus service linking the town to Porthmadog and Barmouth. There is even a Harlech Hoppa Bus linking the Beach with the upper town, which in itself is a clue as to the geography of this stunning location. The views from the town towards the Llŷn Peninsula are quite simply magnificent.

Traeth Harlech Beach

Attractions include craft shops and excellent leisure centre with indoor pool, café and climbing wall over 30ft/9m high, the most exciting in southern Snowdonia. The long sandy beach with its enormous dunes is hugely popular, part of which helps make Royal St David’s one of Wales’s top golf courses. There is also another beach at Llandanwg, a stone’s throw away, managed by the National Trust, which boasts a charming beach café, Y Maes. There’s fun for all the family at Children’s Farm Park at nearby Llanfair, an all-weather attraction where the children can see all their favourite animals on the farm,and at the same location is Llanfair Slate Caverns, where you can explore the caverns that the miners left a 100 years ago.

Chwareli Hen Llanfair Slate Caverns

You can also visit Y Lasynys Fawr (just off the B4573 north of Harlech), a historic house dating from the 16th century and home to 17th-/18th-century author Ellis Wynne (for visiting details contact 01766 781395 beforehand).

The Wales Coast Path is on Harlech’s doorstep, and you can do a relatively easy short walk off the path taking you into Harlech, this is the Branwen Walk, and is well worth the views after undertaking the steep climb to the castle at the end.

After a strenuous walk, eating will be a pleasure at the town, as there is a wide choice of eateries available, with the acclaimed award-winning Castle Cottage, a 5 star graded Restaurant with Rooms, situated just behind the castle, offering a dining experience combining top quality local food in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Taste Hufenfa Castell’s delicious artisan ice cream, enjoy an Italian bistro menu at As.Is, or enjoy a takeaway from Harlech Fish & Chips.

Castle Cottage Restaurant

Check out Visit Harlech’s website for a full list of what’s available on the food front at Harlech.

A number of events take place at Harlech, many of them at the Castle, you can find details on these on Harlech Castle Events. On 27th October 2018, the final instalment of the Fire and Sea Festival will take place in the town, a festival which chronicles the legend of Meirion and his quest to harness the power of the magical Harlech Torc. More information about this event, and the historical background to it, can be found on Harlech Fire and Sea Festival.




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