Harlech Attractions and Activities

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Sibrwd Y Mor
Beach Road,
Harlech, North Wales
LL46 2UG

Attractions and Activities in Harlech

Harlech Castle
Harlech Castle is one of the great castles Edward I built to enforce his rule over the Welsh. Situated high upon a rocky outcrop, its seaward side was defended by sheer cliffs, while a deep moat protected the other sides. It was designed by Master James of St George, who personally supervised its construction, ensuring that the vast fortress was completed in just seven years (1283-1290).

Clough Williams-Ellis built Portmeirion from 1925 to 1975 on his own private peninsula on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. He wanted to show that 'the development of a naturally beautiful site need not lead to its defilement'. His lifelong concern was with Architecture, Landscape Design, the protection of Rural Wales and Conservation generally, and he strove at Portmeirion to give his ideas physical expression. He fought for Beauty - "that strange necessity". Portmeirion is owned by a Registered Charity called The Second Portmeirion Foundation.

The famous Ffestiniog Railway transports passengers under steam power through the breathtaking scenery of Snowdonia National Park, between Porthmadog and Blaenau Ffestiniog. Dating back to 1832 when it was originally built as a narrow-gauge gravity railway to carry slate, the Ffestiniog Railway was officially closed down in 1946, only to be re-opened in 1955 under the dedicated organisation of enthusiasts, who continue to keep this charming little piece of history running today. A great way for the whole family to take in the fabulous scenery of Snowdonia, the ffestiniog Railway also has a programme of special events running throughout the year.

There are many other things to see and do around Harlech, including; Festinion Mountain Railway, Golf courses and beautiful beaches for you to enjoy.

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