Criccieth is an old-fashioned seaside town with a beautiful sandy bay, excellent ice cream and pretty little high street shops. But it’s the medieval castle built by Llywelyn the Great - Prince of Gwynedd and Ruler of Wales - that steals the show. It sits up high on a rocky headland looking out to Tremadog Bay on one side and the town’s rooftops on the other. The castle plays an important role in the history of Wales: fifty years after it was built by Llywelyn it was annexed by the English monarch Edward I and brought into his iron ring of fortresses. It was burned and ransacked when Owain Glyndwr gathered sufficient support and ousted the troops within. It was never reoccupied.
David Lloyd George hailed originally from Criccieth.
It is home to a number of cafes and restaurants such as Cafe 46 and Poachers, Tir Y Mor and Dylans to name a few. The very first shop of Cadwaladers ice cream is here.
There are plenty of walks around the town and of course, the broad sandy beach is the perfect place for swimming and making sand castles.