Criccieth lies on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula, where the edge of Snowdonia National Park meets the sea. The spectacular castle dominates the town and is well worth a visit. This area of Wales is ideal for walking enthusiasts, from the gentle rolling hills of the Llyn Peninsula in the west to the soaring majesty of Snowdonia in the east.
This region is also noted for its sunny aspect and beautiful beaches and also offers some outstanding golf courses, plus opportunities for sailing and fishing. But above all, it is an area for exploring, with unbeatable scenery and an abundance of attractions to suit all ages.
Criccieth was designated a Fair Trade town in 2003 and offers an excellent range of family run shops. There are plenty of good restaurants to be found here, including several which are run by award-winning chefs.
Beach and Gardens
Criccieth boasts two Blue Flag beaches which are clean and safe for families. There is a range of watersports such as sailing and fishing and the area is also renowned for its spectacular sunsets. Due to its temperate climate, the town is awash with floral colour all year round.
Activities and Attractions
Tourist Information Tel:01766 512981 (Porthmadog)
Criccieth Castle Tel:01766 522227
Open to visitors from Easter to September, the 13th century ruin dominates the headland and is steeped in history and legend.
The Lloyd George Museum Tel:01766 522071
Nicknamed the 'Welsh Wizard' because of his flamboyant personality, the 20th century politician grew up in a small cottage in nearby Llanystumdwy and visitors can learn about his life in the museum, view a unique display of objects and see his grave by the river.
Ffestiniog Steam Railway Tel:01766 516000
The trains, hauled by the world's most powerful narrow gauge steam locomotives, climb from sea level to over 650ft on the foothills of Snowdon, before zig-zagging dramatically down the steep hillside to reach Beddgelert, then through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and on to Porthmadog.
Brynkir Woollen Mill
A 150 year old working mill which is open to the public. Set in the heart of the countryside, visitors can observe the fascinating process of making Welsh woollens.
Porthmadog Maritime Museum
Discover the story behind the world famous topsail schooners and other vessels.
Welsh Highland Railway Tel:01766 513402
From nearby Porthmadog, enjoy a ride in one of the vintage carriages, some of which are over 100 years old. There is also a souvenir shop and atmospheric tea room.
Criccieth Fair Days have been held in the town for over 100 years and take place in May and June annually.
Criccieth Festival takes place in June each year and features opera, jazz, choristers, drummers, kite building and folk dancing amongst its attractions.
Ty Newydd Festival, hosted by the Ty Newydd Writing Centre includes literary workshops, music and poetry by both local and well known performers.
Barmouth Walking Festival Takes place in September with walks to suit all abilities.
Places of Interest
Snowdonia National Park covers 823 square miles of the most beautiful and unspoilt countryside in North Wales. Apart from the beauty and charm of its high mountains, Snowdonia is a delightfully varied landscape of steep river gorges, waterfalls and green valleys which provide excellent walking opportunities.
Portmeirion Village is set on its own peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was the setting of the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' and its dreamlike Italianate quality, lovely gardens and sub-tropical woodlands make the village a must-see for any visitor to this fascinating part of Wales.
Porthmadog, which is just five miles from Criccieth, offers plenty of attractive shops, friendly pubs and cosy cafés. With the atmospheric Welsh Highland Railway and magnificent Snowdonia as a backdrop, Porthmadog provides all the ingredients for a great day out.
Barmouth is one of the most picturesque resorts on the Welsh coast and is surrounded by the magnificent Snowdonia National Park. Visitors will discover miles of golden sands, an abundance of shops and restaurants and a traditional promenade. Climbing haphazardly up the steep slopes behind High Street, the paths and alleys of old Barmouth reveal many quaint and delightful corners.
Pwllheli is situated between Porthmadog and Abersoch. The new marina is one of the best in the country and the Wednesday market is reputed to be the busiest weekly market in Britain. The town also boasts two beaches, one of which is Blue Flag standard, an array of shops and a good selection of bars and restaurants.
Llechwedd Slate Caverns
Set in 2,000 acres between Blaenau Ffestiniog & Dolwyddelan, the slate caverns offer tours to experience first hand how slate was mined and transformed into roof slate.
Harlech, like Criccieth, is dominated by its castle. The historic upper town contains some interesting shops whilst the lower town boasts an attractive golf course.
Dolgellau is a pretty market town which lies at the foot of southern Snowdonia. It was central to the 19th century Welsh gold rush and once employed over 500 of the townsfolk. The town is also credited with the development of the Quakers, who were established here in the mid-17th century.
Abersoch is a popular village seaside resort with a sheltered beach which is ideal for bathing and watersports. The village also boasts its own 18 hole golf course and there are opportunities for fishing, riding and walking.
Beddgelert, dominated by the peak of Snowdon mountain, is undoubtedly one of the region's loveliest villages. According to legend, the stone monument in the field marks the resting place of 'Gelert', the faithful hound of the medieval Welsh Prince Llewelyn the Great.