This popular, unspoilt, historic little town lies facing south over Cardigan Bay, effectively split in two by a rocky promontory, upon which stands Criccieth Castle.
Ideally situated for exploring both the Lleyn Peninsula and Snowdonia, Criccieth is an excellent choice for those visitors seeking an amiable resort, with a good selection of amenities and easy accessibility.
The high street is a pleasure to explore, with its mixture of independent specialist stores, restaurants and cafes, with service, as it should be, in a friendly, leisurely, efficient manner.
Two safe beaches are situated either side of the castle headland. East Beach or Main Beach adjoins Black Rock Sands and is a mixture of pebbles and sand, whilst West Beach or Marine Beach is mainly pebbly and stretches towards Pwllheli. Both beaches are convenient for the local amenities of the town.
Criccieth has a history dating back to the early 13th century, with the construction of Criccieth Castle, by Llywelyn The Great. The town grew around a cluster of dwellings, built around the base of the stronghold for security. Today wherever you are in the town the castle is a dominant feature, and the views from the headland are simply glorious.
With the arrival of the railway in 1867, the town became the haunt of affluent Victorians, keen to take to the waters and breathe in the sea air, their legacies standing today in the promenades and Victorian terraces of the seafront.
One of the town’s illustrious sons was David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister, who spent his childhood days in nearby Llanystumdwy and had an office within the town.
Criccieth is a quiet, pleasant town and an ideal base to discover the delights of Gwynedd. It offers safe bathing, water sports, great views of the sea and mountains, interesting walking country and accommodation to meet all needs.