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An attractive cluster of stone-built houses, hostelries, cafes and shops, within narrow streets, are dominated by Harlech’s main attraction its castle.
Harlech is centrally located within Gwynedd, so offers easy access to Snowdonia, the Lleyn peninsula, the Cambrian Coastline and all their attractions.
The spectacularly sited Harlech Castle is a World Heritage Site, and dominates the small town of Harlech. Winding streets open out to give panoramic vistas of Snowdonia, across the sweep of Harlech Beach out to sea, Tremadog Bay and the Llyn Peninsular. Visitors can’t help but fall in love with the area and surrounding countryside.
History abounds, the castle was built in the late 13th Century by Edward 1st. Owain Glyndŵr took the castle in 1404 and held parliament in Harlech. Then onto a long siege during the Wars of the Roses inspiring the stirring song ‘Men of Harlech’.
The town itself, while projecting a slower pace of life, is well served for the modern visitor. Cafes, restaurants, award winning tea rooms, theatre, a pottery shop, a swimming pool, theatre and a lovely beach (also a nature reserve) and last but not least the championship golf course, all go to make up modern day Harlech.
It even has its own special Geological feature, The Harlech Dome, one of the oldest known rock formations in the world and the largest geological structure in North Wales. A place of contrasts and stunning sunsets!
The beach – four miles of golden sand, and has won an accolade for the Rural Beach Award. Harlech is among the beaches of Gwynedd that are the cleanest and safest in Wales.
On the plain below Harlech Castle, the wide sandy beach, backed by sand dunes, stretches for miles and never gets crowded. Behind the dunes, is the world famous Royal Saint David’s Golf Course.