Criccieth is one of the quaintest coastal towns you will find in north Wales. Nestled amidst a stunning vista of mountains and seascape, like the Llyn Peninsular above it, it boasts wall to wall beauty all around. It is situated on the coast of Snowdonia National Park, in north West of north Wales. It is a prime location for outdoor lovers, whether you are a land lubber of more of a water baby. You can explore the beaches, striking mountains, indulge in water sports and explore the mighty castles in addition to other attractions on your stay.
The history of Criccieth
The tiny town of Criccieth is located on the northern coast of Cardigan Bay. This town possesses a rich history, and the area around this town had been inhabited all the way back to the Bronze Age. The tombs from the period are still in existence. The Celtic settlers inhabited the area during the 4thcentury BC. It was only during the 13thcentury during the reign of Welsh Prince Llywelyn Ap Iorwerth, this area came into its own.
Llywelyn then transferred his centre of control to a rocky plateau, where he built the majestic castle and it still stands to this today in its splendid defensive position. The inner walls of the castle feature two D-shaped towers which were built before his death during the year 1240. One of Llywelyn’s sons, was consequently imprisoned in the castle. During the medieval period, this town was referred to as Treferthyr which means ‘martyr’s town’.
Criccieth has one of the few genuine Welsh castles. This castle was later under the possession of Edward I. Currently, this town is known for its ice cream, annual fairs and its arts festival. You get a glimpse of the old medieval town even today.
Things to see
There are plenty to places to explore in this truly stunning locale. Here are some options that you can consider while visiting Criccieth.
Criccieth is known for its two beautiful beaches which are separated by its mighty, medieval castle. The eastern beach is a better option for children as its shallow water makes it quite safer for them to play around. You will easily find a convenient car park and Lifeboat Station at this place. The western beach is more of a mixture of pebbles and sand which extends towards the Marine Terrace. These beaches are popular with walkers who love the magnificent views of the Mid Wales, the mountains of Snowdonia and the Cardigan Bay.
This castle is truly a landmark site. Perched on the headland, its two-towered gatehouse is known to have intimidated approaching attackers. Built, by Llywelyn the Great, this castle features a stylish gatehouse. Almost 50 years were spent on its remodeling and improvements after its construction. The castle was burnt by the Welsh rebellions during the 15thcentury while opposing the British.
This museum is dedicated to understanding the life of the Prime Minister during 1863 and 1945. This museum is home to unique display of objects presented to him as medals, freedom honors, pictures, paintings and documents. You can check out Lloyd George’s personal items, costumes and crown here. You can also spend some quality time at the Victorian Cottage Garden. This is an ideal place for picnic with your family.
Tyddyn Cethin offers the best of both worlds with its resplendent Welsh countryside which surrounds the park. You can explore a stunning coastline which is just a stroll away from this State Caravan Park. This park is family owned and the owners make sure to offer a warm welcome to all the visitors. This park is ideal for those who wish to relax and want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday life. This place is dog friendly, offers free Wi-Fi, has a beach nearby and is nestled in a peaceful and relaxing setting.
This sandy beach is popular as Black Rock Sands amongst the locals. This beach stretches for two miles and is backed by a dune system. You can find numerous rock pools as well as interesting caverns at this beach. This beach offers lovely views of the Snowdonia National Park and the mountains. Vehicular access is provided to the visitors of the park thereby making it a popular picnic destination. Easy access is offered to people with mobility problems. There is a designated boat launching and bathing areas. Dogs are allowed at the western and the eastern sections and not from the central section.
Things to do
Known as the “Pearl of Wales on the Shores of Snowdonia”, Criccieth offers one a plenty of activities to indulge in.
If you are fond of golf, then the Criccieth Golf Course is the most ideal place to explore in this region. It was home playing grounds for David Lloyd George. It offers captivating views of the Cambrian Coast. You can hire equipment for £20 if you wish to spend quality time indulging in this game.
If you are looking for an adrenaline infused activity, you must visit Glasfryn Parc which is located 9 miles from this town. One can indulge in quad biking, karting, wakeboarding as well as archery, fishing and bowling at this place.
This is one of the most obvious activities undertaken by the visitor of Criccieth. The tours take you on an adventure cruise around a beautiful forest that spans over 30 acres. This region also offers a paintball site where you can have fun with your family and friends.
If you wish to learn the survival techniques while out in the wilderness, then you must hit the Bear Grylls’ Survival Academy located at the Dragon Raiders Adventure Park. Here you get a chance to learn everything from building shelters, fires, purifying water and foraging for food. This is an incredible opportunity to learn life skills you may never know when you might need to use.
Indulge in the local cuisine
You can try battered fish at the Castle Fish & Chips which has been catering to the needs of the residents for over 40 years. It would be a sin if you missed indulging in the Cadwalader’s Ice Cream. The Cadwalader family has been serving its guarded recipe of ice-creams since 1927. The vanilla ice cream served here is known for its unique taste and attracts customers from miles away.
Cadwalders Ice cream. Image by travels with my aunte
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