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image for Castle item typeCriccieth Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £3.50-£5.80

Criccieth Castle

Criccieth Castle

Details

Spectacular coastal castle built – and destroyed – by powerful Welsh princes

Criccieth is truly a castle to capture the imagination. Crowning its own rocky headland between two beaches it commands astonishing views over the town and across the wide sweep of Cardigan Bay.

No wonder Turner felt moved to paint it. By then it was a picturesque ruin – destroyed by one of Wales’s most powerful medieval princes, Owain Glyndwr.

But it was built by two of his illustrious predecessors. First Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn the Great) created the immense gatehouse flanked by D-shaped stone towers. Then his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd – or Llywelyn the Last – added the outer ward, curtain walls and two new towers.

Still this craggy fortress wasn’t enough to withstand the invasion of Edward I. The English king made a few improvements of his own, equipping the north tower with a stone-throwing machine to deter Welsh attacks.
It was still in English hands in 1404 when the towers were burnt red by Owain Glyndwr. Without a garrison to protect it, the town became entirely Welsh once more.

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

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

1 April - 3 November 2019 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm
4 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 Monday & Tuesday free entry, Wednesday - Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Prices

Prices valid from April 2019:
Adults £5.80
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £16.80
Seniors £4.60
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £3.50
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