Criccieth CastleCriccieth, Llŷn Peninsula
Criccieth castle, Llŷn Peninsula, North Wales
Criccieth castle is a historic site upon a hilltop which overlooks the town, Snowdonia and the rest of the Llŷn Peninsula. A fantastic family visit can be had by all. After the rather steep climb you can find yourself feeling on top of the world - or at least Criccieth! The views are absolutely worth it, believe us.
This simple and compact castle offers its visitors the chance to get up close to its impressive twin-towered gatehouse, a prominent feature which can be seen for miles. Entwined in the medieval conflict between Wales and England, the building of this castle itself holds a whole lot of history. A perfect place to call into whilst in Criccieth, a great value visit and fun for the family too.
Sitting high on a hill that juts out into the bay, the castle is perched perfectly between two beaches. Overlooking the town of Criccieth, the castle can’t be missed as it’s in a rather commanding position. As you get to the top, the urge to take photographs is really strong so if you’re a budding photographer, taking your camera is a must!
Once you have clambered to the top of the steep path that leads to the gatehouse your breath will be taken away by the absolutely fantastic panoramic views that greet you (and the rather sharp climb you have just completed). It is possible to see the mountains of Snowdonia peaking inland, down the Llŷn peninsula and out along the coast, stretching for miles in either direction. Children will love being able to explore such an elevated castle, its grassy grounds sprawl the hilltop and offer lots of places for a great game of hide and seek!
First built by the prince of Gwynedd (Llywelyn the Great) around 1230, it wasn’t long until the English forces, in the name of Edward I, took the castle 50 years later and subsequently added their own improvements. It is still debated to this day which structures originate from who. Interestingly, it’s also thought the castle may have given its name to the town rather than the other way round. There is plenty more for those history lovers amongst you to read and learn in the visitor's centre along with exhibitions and even a cartoon to entertain the children. The perfect place to visit as part of a family day out in Criccieth.
6 November 2017 - 23 March 2018
Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday: 11am - 4pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24th, 25th & 26th December & 1st January.
Free entry on Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Phone number: 01766 522227
Benches available to rest up after the climb!
Limited free on street parking available nearby. There’s a pay and display carpark available near the beach (300m). All parking alternatives are still only a short walk to the castle.
Access from visitor centre up to the castle is up a very steep concrete path with lots of steps so for this reason wheelchairs are restricted to visitor centre only. Pram access is possible but still very difficult.
Dogs on leads welcome.
Other useful info
- Purchase a CADW explorer pass if you are planning on visiting more than one CADW site during your stay: http://www.snowdoniapass.co.uk/our-members/attractions-and-activities/.
- Snowdonia attraction pass allows 10% off entry.
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