Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!
Sea, scenery and a whole lot of charm!
Criccieth is a charismatic seaside town nestled on the Southern coast of the Llyn Peninsula. Featured recently in The Sunday Times’ ‘Going Places’ article, Criccieth’s location certainly sets it apart and we think it makes the perfect holiday base - let me tell you why...
You’re able to easily explore the rest of the Llyn from Criccieth, its proximity to Snowdonia and with Anglesey just 40 minutes away, it makes for an ideal location for a holiday full of fun and adventure! When staying here you can be a short stroll from a gorgeous golden beach or just a stone's throw from the magnificent mountains; on the High Street you’ll find a traditional butchers, a bakers (the only thing missing is a candlestick maker!); there’s a castle and an array of eateries to choose from too. Whether it be a sandwich or a plate full of seafood, a cream tea or something stronger, or if you fancy fish and chips whilst taking in the view from the front - Criccieth covers it all! You can’t mention Criccieth without mentioning Cadwaladers ice cream shop, which dates from the 1920’s, and has one of the best views at the back of their shop where you can enjoy all manner of ice cream flavours whilst ogling the vista!
With Portmeirion and Ffestiniog & the Welsh Highland Railway right on your doorstep, along with lots of activities for adrenalin junkies in the nearby National Park too; such as an inland surf lagoon, zip wires to ride and trampolines to bounce in a former slate mine - you won’t get bored on a holiday here!
In Criccieth itself the castle takes pride of place sitting on top of the outcrop of land between the two beaches. Built by Llywelyn the Great - Prince of Gwynedd and Ruler of Wales, to be later taken by the English monarch Edward I. An important part of Wales’ history and well worth the climb up to reach it - the views are just breathtaking!
Another thing we love about Criccieth is the wonderful old-fashioned feel about the place, it’s held on to its seaside charm, but yet has moved with the times as well. One thing that shows this well is the rather impressive Dylan’s Restaurant which offers stunning views across the beach and towards the castle - sitting out here and watching the sun set is a must whilst in Criccieth! Dylan’s was described in The Sunday Times as ‘Mediterranean meets Welsh cuisine’ and is famous for its incredible location and delicious food.
An event for the diary is Criccieth’s annual festival - which is happening this year from the 17th-25th June and to add extra celebration to the proceedings, this year will mark its 30th year! A special concert will be held in the memorial hall on the evening of the 17th to open the festival and the week will feature music, competitions, a Food Slam event, poetry, garden trails, outdoor theatre performance and more! Find out more here.
We have fabulous holiday cottages dotted in and around Criccieth, from holiday homes on Castle Street to beachfront apartments; large cottages perfect for family gatherings and cosy cottages just for two, modern and traditional - there’ll be a cottage to suit you.