Harlech Castle Castles Next

Harlech Castle is a classic four wall rectangular fortification perched on a hillside overlooking the western coast of Wales.  The structure is quite imposing and embodies all of the traditional elements that most people imagine when they think of a castle.  It has four high walls terminated by circular towers in each corner.  There is a massive gatehouse with drawbridge facing inland that is protected by a deep ditch. The castle is seated on a rock outcrop with steep slopes falling away on three sides The central courtyard is a grass covered now, but in its day had stone and timber buildings.

The castle as seen from below

Interior view from the battlements, the sea
is visible beyond the top of the wall