All About Criccieth

Why is Criccieth Amazing?

Location Beaches Walks Mountains Activities History Outdoor pursuits

One of the best things about Criccieth (and there are many) is its position and the ease of accessing the surrounding areas.

Whether its beaches, historic attractions, activities, outdoor sports or mountains it is all on hand.

There is easy access to Snowdonia, the Llyn Peninsula, Menai Strait, Angelsey, Conwy Bay, Caernarfon Bay and Tremadoc Bay.

Nestled in a very special seaside town, Criccieth is perfectly situated on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park, offering a gateway to the stunning, wild scenery of the Llŷn Peninsula. Its unique charm and friendly atmosphere beckon visitors to return, making it a place you’ll want to come back to time and time again. If this is your first visit, a warm welcome awaits you.

As you explore Criccieth, you’ll discover the historic 13th-century castle, a testament to its rich history. The town boasts wonderful beaches that are ideal for family fun, and the thriving High Street features charming gift shops. Riverside walks along meandering paths provide tranquil moments to enjoy, and a plethora of nearby attractions ensures your days are filled with adventure. You won’t be disappointed by the variety of experiences Criccieth has to offer.

Criccieth is, in many ways, a traditional seaside holiday town, where families can relish in the simple, timeless pleasures of spending quality time together. Whether it’s building sandcastles on the beach, exploring the castle’s ancient walls, or taking leisurely strolls through the surrounding countryside, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t miss the chance to savor the locally made and renowned Cadwaladers ice cream or enjoy a delightful meal at one of the town’s many restaurants, where you can indulge in delectable cuisine. Criccieth boasts not one, but two wonderful beaches, each with safe bathing, boat and kayaking access, and fascinating rock pools to explore during low tide. And if that’s not enough, the surrounding areas have even more to offer.

Whether you’re a railway enthusiast, a nature-loving rambler, a horseback rider, a history buff, a fishing aficionado, a biking enthusiast, or someone who enjoys snorkeling or golf, Criccieth and its neighboring areas have a wide range of experiences to satisfy your interests. Your visit to this enchanting seaside town promises to be an unforgettable journey filled with a myriad of delightful activities and scenic wonders.

Criccieth Castle

It is dominated by the impressive remains of its 13th Century castle, dating from the reign of Llewelyn the Great (1200-1240). The museum attached to the entrance is well worth a visit, as is the castle itself.

Another ancient landmark is St Catherine’s Church, dating back to the 14th Century. The emergence of of the Victorian seaside resort came in the 19th Century as a result of the building of the turnpike road running through Criccieth from Tremadog to Porthdinllaen (the proposed principal harbour for Ireland in 1807), and also more importantly, the railway, in 1868.

The nearby village of Llanystumdwy is an important local historical attraction, being the birthplace and site of the museum commemorating the life and political history of David Lloyd George, Prime Minister of Great Britain between 1916 – 1922. A visit to the museum is well recommended as a living history of this great man’s life and times. ‘A Heritage Walk’  is highly recommended for those interested in exploring the wide and varied history and can be obtained from the Tourist Information Point located at the Post Office.

Criccieth beaches