About Harlech Castle
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.
Denbigh Castle is one of the ring of castles built by King Edward I in order to establish his dominance over Wales.
Beaumaris Castle was to be the largest of King Edward’s iron ring of castles intended to encircle Wales.
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