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Living in Harlech: The local area guide
The town and seaside resort of Harlech can be found in north-west Wales in Gwynedd, in the deeply historical setting of Meirionnydd. The spectacular and imposing looking Harlech Castle overlooks the town and the coastline, and is recognised by Unesco as being one of the finest examples of medieval defence architecture. Edward 1 had the Harlech Castle built towards the end of the 13th century and was part of an 'iron ring' of castles in the Snowdonia region, as a means of containing and subduing the Welsh dissidents, while his annexation of Wales was coming into fruition. The castle was surprisingly captured by Welsh leader, Owain Glyndwr, in 1404, but was then later recaptured by Henry Tudor. These days, the castle is open for visitors to enter the confines of the magisterial structure, and wander around while taking in the incredible historical sights.
There is more to Harlech than just the castle, however, as it is home to some breath-taking beaches, with magical sand dunes that stretch far and wide. The seaside is the perfect place to bring your family, as it is easy to find with good parking facilities and for the most part, dog-friendly.
Harlech is also home to the internationally distinguished Royal St. David's Golf Club. It is rated as the 73rd best golf course outside of the US, according to the Golf Digest. The Harlech Castle presides over the breath-taking course, which only adds to its splendour.
Harlech has a population of 1,447, with 51% being native Welsh speakers. The town sees most of its inhabitants categorised as blue collar workers, meaning that skilled labourers are predominant in the area. Typically, this consists of construction, mechanical maintenance, technical installation or other types of physical work. 17.93% of residents fall into the upper and middle class bracket with 29.31% fitting into the lower middle class bracket. Due to its proximity to the Snowdonia mountain scape, coastline and fresh natural air, the population of Gwynedd is unsurprisingly in good health on average, with half the population described as in very good health, and a third being in good health.
For children aged 4-11, the primary school, Ysgol Tan Y Castell has around 128 pupils, and teaches Welsh as the main language. For secondary students, Ysgol Ardudwy is just a 2-minute walk from Harlech railway station and teaches in both English and Welsh. Coleg Harlech is a residential college designed for mature students 5 minutes away from the Royal St. David's Golf Club.
Harlech has an active transport system consisting of 17 local bus services and a railway station that has free parking access. The train service used to have a summer service that went to London Paddington and Birmingham but since the 1960s, it now only travels to Porthmadog, Pwllheli, Machynlleth, Barmouth and Shrewsbury. Trains come every 2 hours on both sides of the platform from Monday to Saturday.
Amenities and shopping
For weekly grocery shopping, there is a Tesco Megastore in Porthmadog, which is a 19-minute drive (10 miles) from the centre of Harlech. An Aldi and a Lidl can also be found in Porthmadog.
A number of restaurants can be located in the centre of Harlech, including the Castle Cottage Restaurant adjacent to the Harlech Castle, and offers visitors accommodation for the night as well. There is a Jamaican restaurant on the high street, as well as a cafe, the Llew Glas Delicatessen, that serves up some delightful homemade pastries.
The Theatr Harlech offers up brilliant concerts that appeal to all audiences, and can be found near the Harlech Castle. The theatre showcases dramas, dance performances, and music, as well as poetry sessions, film, and creative workshops."
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