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Criccieth
Travel Guide

Situated on the Cardigan Bay shore of the Lynn peninsula in the northwest of Wales, Cricciethis 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.

Criccieth CastleTowering over the rest of the landscape, the castle offers a chance to explore the past at the same time as soaking in stunning views both out to sea and back over Snowdonia National Park. The castle itself was first built in 1230 and has been altered and adapted by various people through the years until being partially torn and burned down in 1404. The surviving buildings still show some of the scars of this event. The castle houses displays and exhibits documenting the history of Welsh castles.

Beaches in CricciethThe 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 is made up mainly of pebbles. East of the outcrop is the larger beach, usually regarded as Criccieths’ main beach. This consists of pebbles and sand and offers stunning views of the sea itself and the mountains of the Welsh coast. Families will relish the chance to swim, relax on the beach and explore the aquatic wildlife present in the rock pools within easy walking distance. As an added bonus, the temperate climate of the bay means that both of the beaches often play host to visits from dolphins.

LandmarksCriccieth is small enough to successfully explore on foot and offers striking architectural landmarks besides the aforementioned castle. These include a Lifeboat Station which was built in 1854 and is still operating today, thanks to a volunteer crew of 17 and the lifeboat Doris Joan. The old town offers fascinating glimpses of the past in the form of structures like 17th century farm buildings, and, on Wellington Terrace, a trio of 600 year old cottages which are the oldest in Criccieth.

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

Other attractions nearby include Portmeirion, the Mediterranean style village used in cult sixties television programme ‘The Prisoner’, and Llanystumdwy, the village where British Prime Minister David Lloyd 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 of this archetypal Welsh community, the hotels, guesthouses and campsites of Cricciethoffer the perfect base from which to explore.

Gwynle Boutique B&B
Gwynle Boutique B&B
3 out of 5
12 Tanygrisiau Terrace, Criccieth, Wales
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Situated in Criccieth, this bed & breakfast is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Criccieth Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Black Rock Sands and Lloyd George Museum. Ffestiniog ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (181 reviews)
Great accommodation and area.

"Perfect location in a lovely place. The owners were so friendly and helpful. The TV stopped working, but it was replaced the same day. Having breakfast served in the room due to COVID was so reassuring. Everything about the accommodation and area was just excellent. I would highly recommend it and ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2020

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CAERWYLAN HOTEL
CAERWYLAN HOTEL
4 out of 5
BEACH BANK, Criccieth, Wales
The price is £138 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr

Situated in Criccieth, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Criccieth Castle and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Lloyd George Museum. Plas Heli and Portmeirion Central Piazza ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (50 reviews)

"Lovely room with great views. Friendly and helpful staff. A great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2020

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The Lion Hotel
The Lion Hotel
3 out of 5
Y Maes, Criccieth, Wales
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Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Criccieth Castle and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Black Rock Sands. Harlech Castle and Royal St. David's ...

4/5Very Good! (75 reviews)

"Relaxing"…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep 2020

The Lion Hotel
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Casula
Casula
3 out of 5
5 Chapel Terrace, Criccieth, Wales

Situated by the ocean, this holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Criccieth Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Black Rock Sands and Lloyd George Museum. Ffestiniog ...

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Casula Cottage
Casula Cottage
5 Chapel Terrace, Criccieth, WLS

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Good base

"I could not fault the property, it was bigger than we expected for mid terrace. Peaceful at night close to shops and the sea front. There is a steep hill on the way back from the front but if you use the car you can park on the front. We would use this property again."…"

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2020

Casula Cottage
Amazing Tranquil Home With Views Over Cardigan Bay in Snowdonia
Amazing Tranquil Home With Views Over Cardigan Bay in Snowdonia
Mynydd - Ednyfed Country House, United, Kingdom, Criccieth, WLS

Situated in Criccieth, this villa is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Criccieth Castle and within 3 miles (5 km) of Lloyd George Museum and Black Rock Sands. Ffestiniog & ...

Amazing Tranquil Home With Views Over Cardigan Bay in Snowdonia
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30 Sep 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

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27 Aug 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

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21 Aug 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

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28 Jul 2019

nice clean seaside town

5/5 - Excellent

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22 Jul 2019

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

4/5 - Good

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8 Jul 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.

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