Criccieth Castle

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Criccieth Castle

    Criccieth Castle

  • Criccieth Castle

    Criccieth Castle

  • Criccieth Castle

    Criccieth Castle

  • Criccieth Castle

    Criccieth Castle

  • Criccieth Castle

    Criccieth Castle

It is a landmark site, a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.

What a picture, what a view! Perched on a headland with the sea as its constant bedfellow. Its twin-towered gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers. So badly did the native Welsh princes and English monarchs want it, that it changed hands more often than a relay baton.

Built originally by Llywelyn the Great, this very Welsh of princes included a very English style of gatehouse. Edward I’s forces took the castle some 50 years later, undertook their own improvements and remodelled a tower for stone-throwing engines. Not as much fun for those at the bottom as it sounds for those at the top!

Owain Glyn Dŵr sealed Criccieth’s fate when his troops captured and burnt the castle in the early years of the 15th century. This was to be the last major Welsh rebellion against the English.

Criccieth Castle may also have given the name to the town rather than the other way round. Its suggested origins are ‘crug caeth’ – ‘crug’ (hill in Welsh), ‘caith’ (captives) – the name given to the jail on the hill, a function once held by the castle. Buy an ice-cream, there’s a lot of history to digest.

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Current times and prices

Dates
1 April - 31 October 2014

Times
Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing 

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Facilities and information

Cycle stands Car park Dogs welcome Exhibition Gift shop No smoking Portable induction loop Toilets Video presentation
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
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Directions

Postcode LL52 0DP

Car Road A497 to Criccieth from Porthmadog or Pwllheli.

Rail Rail 400m/440yards, Shrewsbury-Machynlleth/Pwllheli route.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.