Criccieth BeachCriccieth, Llŷn Peninsula

Criccieth beach on the Llŷn Peninsula

Criccieth beach, with its majestic castle overlooking the sand, is one of the most iconic and unique beaches in the whole of Wales.

The beach that fronts the seaside town of Criccieth is a beach of two halves, split down the middle by a medieval castle. It offers everything needed for a fantastic day enjoying the best of what North Wales has to offer, with clean water, golden sand, a fabulous promenade, great eateries and eclectic shopping minutes from the sand.


There are two stretches of sand that make up Criccieth beach. One is referred to as Marine Beach and it sits to the west of Criccieth castle. The other makes up the main stretch and is therefore referred to as the Main Beach. The beach is great for all ages and even those that don’t want to sit on the sand, or the more elderly, can enjoy the views and what the beach has to offer by utilising the seating that runs the length of the promenade. The gently shelving beach makes it great for swimming and there are some great rockpools to explore. Both sides of the beach have designated bathing areas making it perfect for young ones taking to the water.

If you have a decent pair of shoes on, climbing and exploring the boulders opposite Dylan’s on the Main Beach is great fun.

The end of the Main Beach closest to the castle is mainly shingle. However there is a lot more sand as the beach stretches out towards the bay at Tremadog. It’s nice to walk to Graig Duu, the black rock that marks the end of the beach. You can’t miss it as it’s actually black!

On Marine Beach, the groynes make a great spot to enjoy crabbing at low tide, as do the rocks on either side of the castle. Save some ham or bacon as bait. The locals swear by it!

At a glance
  • The beach is one of the most picturesque in Wales and integral to the seaside town of Criccieth itself.


  • The beach offers everything a day out by the British seaside should.


  • Children will love the beach as it’s perfect for bathing, has an abundance of rockpools, and two rivers emerging on to the beach, which are great to “dam” up with pebbles. There are also designated bathing areas off each section of beach.


  • The views are wonderful. Make use of the telescope on the promenade by Dylan’s Restaurant to pick out points around the bay including the castle at Harlech.


  • The beach is one of the most accessible in the area, with disabled access all along, great facilities and an extensive promenade.
Beach info


Sandy with some shingle and larger boulders in parts. It is split into two halves by Criccieth castle and the headland.


There are public toilets in the pay and display car park adjacent to the promenade along with disabled access and a drinking water fountain. There is an emergency telephone next to the toilet block and the Beach Supervisor Office. There are also “Life Rings” positioned at both sides of the beach. There are information points on both promenades. There are great public transport links via bus or rail, with a station only minutes from the beach.


There is a large pay and display car park adjacent to the promenade off the main beach. Parking is only £1 for up to 4 hours, which is quite a bargain! There is some roadside parking by the Marina beach along with a small public car park at the western end that is also free.

Dog Restrictions

There are seasonal restrictions in place on both sections of the beach between 1st April and 30th September. However, dogs are allowed on the section of the main beach beyond Dylans Restaurant throughout the year, and on the Marine beach past the far end of the promenade.


The main beach is backed by a promenade with points of access for wheelchairs, pushchairs and those less mobile. There is also a designated disabled access point to the Marine beach beneath the castle.

Top tips
Flora & Fauna
Weather & tide

Yes - the bay at Criccieth is a great shore dive and is lovely at night due to the strong planktonic bioluminescence that makes divers glow!


Yes - when the wind is from the south-west, Criccieth beach is a great place with some decent waves to jump and rarely crowded. The best waves are at mid tide.


The best fishing is off Marine Beach in the shadow of the castle or alternatively down at Black Rock, either side of low tide.


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