The medieval Harlech Castle, originally built by King Edward I on a spur of rock next to the Irish Sea. It was built between 1282 and 1289 and cost £8,190 to build (about £88 million). The castle is one of the group of castles built by King Edward I during his campaign to rule North Wales. There were fourteen castles built in all.
This site probably had a Welsh fortress on it before the English invaded, perhaps as far back as the Iron Age. The first fortress is said to have been built by Maelgwn Gwynedd during the 6th century. During the 11th century, the fortress was known as Caer Collwyn. Collwyn ap Tango (who lived here during the 9th century), lived in a square tower in the fortress. Remains of this can still be seen today, as some, if not all, of its walls were used as the base of todays building.
Harlech Castle is located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales.
Dramatically overseeing the Welsh coast from a rocky outcrop, Harlech Castle was built in 1285 as part of Edward I’s magnificent ring of Welsh fortresses. A must for fascinating history and unbeatable views. Find out more
Meet Dewi the Dragon, awesome guardian of Harlech Castle located in Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales. Classed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, the castle is a medieval fortification built atop a spur rock beside the Irish Sea by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289. Dewi came along much later.
In 2010 artist Anthony Peacock from Marche Studios in Shropshire, England, was commission to create a magnificent dragon. 78 square meters (~840 square feet) of steel sheets were cut down into scales and then welded on to a frame, polished, and then coated with 12 coats of lacquer to form Dewi the Dragon, who measures 16 feet long, 11 feet high and 10 feet wide. The project took 800 hours of work to complete. Dewy now stands guard below Harlech castle near the entrance to Min-y-Don Holiday Home & Touring Park.
A full day of rain and gloom gave way to one of the most spectacular sunsets i have ever witnessed. After an impromptu visit to the quiet, windy beach, the clouds broke for just a few rare moments to reveal the distant mountains cutting the sunlight in half.