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Harlech is an historic town situated on Tremadog Bay, and is home to a majestic castle, built by Edward I in the C13. The town is also synonymous with the myth of Branwen ferch Llŷr (Branwen daughter of Llŷr). The area’s roots are deeply steeped in history. The town stands on two levels, meaning that its structure inevitably constricts its accessibility. Harlech beach is renowned as one of the area’s most beautiful beaches, with an accessible path leading to it.

How to get there

By road
Harlech is situated on the A496 between Maentwrog and Barmouth.

Nearest train station

Nearest bus stop

Accessibility in Harlech

  • The path to Harlech beach can be accessed through a kissing gate, which is wide enough for manual wheelchairs to pass through, but may pose problems for those who use electric wheelchairs.
  • Access in the town is limited as many pavements are privately owned.
  • There are no pavements in parts of the town and dropped kerbs are scarce.
  • Access to shops and banks have steps at their enterance.


Car parking
Bron y Graig Uchaf (no designated Blue Badge parking spots), Bron y Graig Isaf, Min y Don.

Access to the Information Centre
This is a seasonal Information Centre, which is open between Easter and the end of October. For more information regarding opening times, please call (01766) 780658. A small, steep ramp, which has been approved by the Gwynedd Access Officer, leads to the front door. Provisions are made for people who are hard of hearing. The counter stands at a height of c.800mm. Audio and large print copies of ‘Eryri’ are provided at the centre.

Public toilets
There are two accessible public toilets in Harlech, one of which is open throughout the year.

Access to paths
Benar beach is located 8 miles from Harlech, and has an accessible boardwalk leading to it. An accessible path also leads to Harlech beach.

Other Facilities
Accessible seaside paths, medical surgery, car parks, SNPA Welcome Centre, restaurants, pedestrian crossings, public toilets, pharmacy, swimming baths, leisure centre, castle, shops, Post Office, Theatr Ardudwy, train station.

Header image - Morfa Harlech (© Crown copyright (2014) Visit Wales)