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image for Castle item typeCriccieth Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £3.30-£5.50

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

Details

Standing in a commanding position on a rocky promontory overlooking Cardigan Bay, Criccieth is one of the greatest testaments to Welsh castle building.

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.

A new £450k visitor centre opened to the public in April 2017, featuring interactive displays including drone footage and CGI reconstruction that provide a glimpse of the castle as it was hundreds of years ago.

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 Dwr 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.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Gift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

24 March - 4 November 2018 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
5 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Wednesday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm, Monday & Tuesday free entry.
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Prices

Prices valid until March 2019
Adults £5.50
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children under 16) £16.00
Seniors £4.40
Students and children under 16 - £3.30
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Criccieth,
Gwynedd,
LL52 0DP

Location

Directions

Plan route to Criccieth Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SH 500378  Lat: 52.91692 Long: -4.23205

A497 to Criccieth from Porthmadog or Pwllheli.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0.4 miles from Criccieth station

Facilities

  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired