Criccieth Castle

LOCATION

CRICCIETH, GWYNEDD

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Our View

In 1404 Owain Glyndwr took Criccieth Castle from the English by force. Shortly afterwards, however, it was badly damaged in a fire and never really used again. Today, the castle is in ruins, although its commanding position on a promontory overlooking the picturesque Tremadog Bay gives an idea of the status it once must have enjoyed. A massive gatehouse still presents a forbidding face to the world, while the thickness of its crumbling walls gives it an aura of strength and permanence. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw

Criccieth Castle
CRICCIETH, LL52 0DP
Phone : 01766 522227

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
Accessibility
  • Wheelchairs are restricted to visitor centre only. Access to the cstle via very steep concrete path with many steps
  • Facilities: Portable induction loop, video presentation
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-5 Nov, daily 10-5; 6 Nov-Mar, Fri-Sat 9.30-4, Sun 11-4 (last admission 30mins before closing). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan

About The area

Discover Gwynedd

The county of Gwynedd is home to most of the Snowdonia National Park – including the wettest spot in Britain, an arête running up to Snowdon’s summit that receives an average annual rainfall of 4,473mm. With its mighty peaks, rivers and strong Welsh heritage (it has the highest proportion of Welsh-speakers in all of Wales), it’s always been an extremely popular place to visit and live. The busiest part is around Snowdon; around 750,000 people climb, walk or ride the train to the summit each year.

Also in Gwynedd is the Llyn Peninsula, a remote part of Wales sticking 30 miles out into the Irish Sea. At the base of the peninsula is Porthmadog, a small town linked to Snowdonia by two steam railways – the Welsh Highland Railway and the Ffestiniog Railway. Other popular places are Criccieth, with a castle on its headland overlooking the beach, Pwllheli, and Abersoch and the St Tudwal Islands. Elsewhere, the peninsula is all about wildlife, tranquillity, and ancient sacred sites. Tre’r Ceiri hill fort is an Iron Age settlement set beside the coastal mountain of Yr Eifl, while Bardsey Island, at the tip of the peninsula, was the site of a fifth-century Celtic monastery.

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