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Visit Criccieth

Situated on the Cardigan Bay shore of the Lynn,peninsula in the northwest of Wales, Criccieth,is known as ‘The Pearl Of Wales On The Shores Of Snowdonia’ and more than lives,up to this spectacular description thanks to its setting. The views it offers,,and the appeal of its south facing aspect, are enough to place a very warm glow,inside you. The shoreline itself is divided in two by a rocky outcrop and the ruins,of Criccieth castle sit on this outcrop.

CricciethCastleTowering over the rest of the landscape, the castleoffers a chance to explore the past at the same time as soaking in stunningviews both out to sea and back over SnowdoniaNational Park. The castle itself was first built in 1230 and has beenaltered and adapted by various people through the years until being partiallytorn and burned down in 1404. The surviving buildings still show some of thescars of this event. The castle houses displays and exhibits documenting thehistory of Welsh castles.

Beaches inCricciethThe outcrop upon which Cricciethcastle is situated acts as a natural dividing point between its two beaches,both of which have their own distinct ambience and appeal.

To the west you will find Marine Beach, which ismade up mainly of pebbles. East of the outcrop is the larger beach, usuallyregarded as Criccieths’ main beach. This consistsof pebbles and sand and offers stunning views of the sea itself and themountains of the Welsh coast. Families will relishthe chance to swim, relax on the beach and explore the aquatic wildlife presentin the rock pools within easy walking distance. As an added bonus, thetemperate climate of the bay means that both of the beaches often play host tovisits from dolphins.

LandmarksCriccieth is smallenough to successfully explore on foot and offers striking architecturallandmarks besides the aforementioned castle. These include a Lifeboat Stationwhich was built in 1854 and is still operating today, thanks to a volunteercrew of 17 and the lifeboat Doris Joan. The old town offers fascinatingglimpses of the past in the form of structures like 17th centuryfarm buildings, and, on Wellington Terrace, a trio of 600 year old cottageswhich are the oldest in Criccieth.

Around CricciethThe location of Criccieth,on the very edge of Snowdonia, makes it anexcellent base for exploring the some of the most spectacular scenery that Waleshas to offer. The National Park itself provides stunning scenery and, in theform of Snowdonia, the highest mountain in England and Wales. More energeticvisitors can walk to the top, whilst those taking it easy may opt to ride thetrain up. Once at the peak, wonderful views in all directions include, on aclear day, the chance to see as far as Ireland.

Other attractions nearby include Portmeirion, theMediterranean style village used in cult sixties television programme ‘ThePrisoner’, and Llanystumdwy, the village where British Prime Minister DavidLloyd George grew up.

Whether you want to soak up the sun on the beach,explore the mountains and hills on your doorstep or delve into the history ofthis archetypal Welsh community, the hotels, guesthouses and campsites of Cricciethoffer the perfect base from which to explore.

Top hotels in Criccieth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Lion Hotel
The Lion Hotel
3 out of 5
Y Maes, Criccieth, Wales
£97
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Criccieth Castle, Black Rock Sands and Lloyd George Museum. Moel Hebog and Portmeirion Sands ...

4/5Very Good! (66 reviews)

"Convenient location for visiting relatives and sights in the area and close to the High St., Castle and beaches. Appears to be open all year, with good rates in the Winter. Good bar food with a real local ale and acceptable rose wine available. Nice to have the option of a Continental or Full Breakfast. ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

The Lion Hotel
Glanllifon Bed and Breakfast
Glanllifon Bed and Breakfast
West Parade, Criccieth, Wales
£82
per night
Jan 19 - Jan 20

Situated in Criccieth, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Criccieth Castle and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Lloyd George Museum. Black Rock Sands and Plas ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Excellent, bendigedig.

"The room was spacious and very clean with a wonderful view. The breakfast was excellent as was the service, nothing was too much trouble. Diolch am y croeso bendigedig. Gobeithio bydd yna gwrs addas arall yn Ty Newydd cyn hir i ni gael dod i aros unwaith eto."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Glanllifon Bed and Breakfast
Glyn-Y-Coed
Glyn-Y-Coed
4 out of 5
Porthmadog Rd, Criccieth, Wales

Situated in Criccieth, this beach guesthouse is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Criccieth Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Black Rock Sands and Lloyd George Museum. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (146 reviews)

"Very friendly, lovely well kept Victorian villa overlooking the beach. Very clean and everything we needed. Would definitely book again"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

Glyn-Y-Coed

Popular things to do in Criccieth

Criccieth Castle
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Criccieth Castle

4.5/5(31 reviews)

The ruins of imposing Criccieth Castle are a superb example of a native castle. Built during the reign of Llywelyn the Great, one of the greatest Welsh statesmen of the Middle Age, these spectacular ruins, dramatically situated on the headland between two sandy beaches, tower over the blue waters of the bay. The castle looks down on the pretty seaside resort of Criccieth, and offers a vista from which to survey the North Cambrian Coast and the Llŷn Peninsula of North Wales.

Lloyd George Museum
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Lloyd George Museum

You can spend an afternoon studying the exhibits at Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy. Amble around this quaint area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Mount Snowdon
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Mount Snowdon

4.5/5(295 reviews)

Mount Snowdon lies at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, an area of unspoiled natural beauty in Central Wales. At 3,560 feet, it is the tallest mountain in Wales and the tallest in the UK outside the Scottish Highlands. The range of routes leading to the higher reaches of the mountain, however, makes it a firm favourite with families and you don’t have to be an expert climber or hiker to access some of the most stunning views in the UK.

Caernarfon Castle
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Caernarfon Castle

4.5/5(166 reviews)

Caernarfon Castle, located at the mouth of the River Seiont on the North Wales coast, is perhaps the most architecturally impressive and imposing of all the castles in Wales.

Barmouth Beach
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Barmouth Beach

4.5/5(90 reviews)

Barmouth, on the edge of the dramatically beautiful Mawddach Estuary, has one of the most stunning beaches along the coast of Snowdonia, and is a candidate for one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

Harlech Castle
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Harlech Castle

4.5/5(69 reviews)

Harlech Castle is a stunning medieval fort rising high above Snowdonia National Park and listed by UNESCO as one of Wales' six World Heritage Sites. The castle has had a prominent role in many of the definitive moments in British history and is an unmissable stop on any tour of North Wales.

Reviews of Criccieth

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Verified traveler

Sep 30, 2019

We used this hotel as a base whilst exploring further afield. Criccieth itself doesn't "float my boat" although I'll admit that I seem to be in a minority here.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 27, 2019

The castle is worth a visit whilst staying in criccieth. Although a small castle so only there for roughly 30 minutes but theres loads to read about in the museum afterwards. Stunning views from the top of the hill.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 21, 2019

We were very pleased with the town and hotel. We were looking for accommodation near Portmeirion and Criccieth was an ideal location with a great setting of its own.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 28, 2019

nice clean seaside town

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 22, 2019

A vibrant, busy, friendly little town with fabulous far reaching views over to Snowdonia, Harlech, Barmouth & the Llýn Peninsula.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 8, 2019

Criccieth is a lovely spot for families with plenty of beaches and rock pools locally. We were lucky enough to see a Dolphin and a Grey Seal one evening which made our trip.