Harlech Castle was built by Edward I between 1283 and 1285 on a prominent rock overlooking the bay. It was one of 14 castles erected between 1272 and 1307 across North Wales.
It’s construction began in 1283 and was completed by 1289. According to documents of the day – accounts of the costs were kept by the King – 20 Masons and Quarriers were sent from Conwy, a 2 day journey. Shortly after an extra 15 Masons were sent together with Carpenters. Within 3 years some 950 men were employed.
Harlech Castle is looked after by an organisation called CADW. It is open most days of the year and is wheelchair accessible into the main area but not the towers.
More information can be found at Castle website.