Like many of the towns in this stunning corner of Wales, Criccieth has experienced its fair share of history, with armies fighting over the region for hundreds of years. Today, all that can be seen of its turbulent past is the beautiful Criccieth Castle. Perched on a headland in the centre of the bay, the castle is close to many of the town’s best hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses.
Built in the early 13th Century by Llywelyn ab lorwerth to defend the region from the English, Criccieth Castle was heavily fortified and modified following its capture by the forces of Edward I. The site of several further battles, the castle was used as a prison until it was retaken by Owain Glyndwr in 1404. The Welsh forces then tore down the castle walls and set the building alight, turning it into the ruin we see today.
Though Criccieth Castle has suffered over the years, its main structure and layout have remained the same, with its prominent position overlooking the town and Cardigan Bay giving visitors a good impression of the castle’s former glory. As Criccieth Castle is situated close to the centre of the town, the hotels in the nearby area are ideal for visitors who want to explore Criccieth’s history and see all of the attractions it has to offer.
Historic Breaks in Criccieth
If your visit to Criccieth Castle has whetted your appetite for all things historic, the area around the town offers plenty to keep you busy for the duration of your stay. Just a short drive from Criccieth you’ll find a host of beautiful castles including the romantic Harlech Castle, the stunning Caernarfon Castle and the spectacular Conwy Castle. Designated as a site of Outstanding Universal Value by UNESCO, this network of castles is one of the most impressive and important in the country.
As the hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses in Criccieth are well connected to the local area, visitors staying in the town will find it easy to get out and explore these extraordinary buildings during their stay.
The Best Hotels for Family Breaks in Criccieth
If there’s one thing kids love, it’s castles. Whether they’re pretending to be a princess, a king or a soldier, the high walls, impressive settings and stunning designs of Wales’ castles will help to inspire your children’s imagination and spark their interest in history. The hotels in the centre of Criccieth are closest to the town’s castle, allowing guests to explore its structure and exhibitions as much as they want during their Welsh break.
Enjoy Criccieth Castle
The perfect destination for fans of Welsh history, families and anyone interested in architecture, a trip to Criccieth Castle is guaranteed to be a highlight of your stay in Gwynedd. Take a look at the fantastic choice of hotels close to the castle today to find the perfect room for your next Welsh getaway.