Criccieth Castle, North Wales

Late last year on a sunny October morning we went on a day trip along the Cambrian coast to the seaside town of Criccieth. Criccieth is a beautiful seaside town with 2 lovely beaches which are separated by 13th Century Castle perched high on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay in North Wales.

We walked from the train station down to the south beach, a walk of around 10 minutes down to the sea front.  Although it was October the skies were blue and there wasn’t really much wind.  We paid our entry fee to the castle and started the climb to the top.  It’s an easy walk, however, having arthritis I did struggle a bit and I wouldn’t say it was wheel chair friendly sadly.  There were such lovely views to be had from all angles of the castle down to both beaches

Criccieth itself is very tiny and to be honest out of season there are very few places open and I was glad that we took food with us as we really would have struggled to find anywhere to eat.  As you can see from these photos were were very much alone!

I’m not sure whether it was because we picked the wrong time of year but I was surprised how deserted this seaside village was and I really would have expected more visitors considering the weather was so sunny and we were certainly still in the season when walkers along the Welsh Coastal Path would have been visiting.  Despite this, it was a nice relaxing day and the view from the top were spectacular.


  1. 11th January 2017 / 2:59 PM

    That’s looks so beautiful! I miss living close to a beach or coastal area. Lovely photos.

  2. 13th January 2017 / 8:51 AM

    Looks like you had a beautiful day for your visit. It certainly is a lovely castle.

  3. 13th January 2017 / 10:27 AM

    Looks lovely! I bet the cold weather has put a few people off visiting x

  4. 13th January 2017 / 4:26 PM

    That location looks lovely, and what a nice bright sunny day 🙂

  5. 13th January 2017 / 9:27 PM

    I’m embarrassed to say that Wales is somewhere I’ve never been – and I only live in London. This summer I’m hoping to change that so your post has come at a great time as I’m trying to plan where to go and this looks like a great start!

  6. 14th January 2017 / 9:04 PM

    This looks like such a beautiful place. Wales has some really amazing scenery!

  7. 15th January 2017 / 9:09 AM

    It looks stunning. North Wales is on our travel list this year

  8. 16th January 2017 / 10:30 AM

    Considering I live in south Wales, I really haven’t seen a lot of north Wales at all. This place looks really beautiful 🙂

  9. 25th June 2017 / 4:46 PM

    Can you believe I spent every summer holiday in Criccieth, yet never visited the castle?! I do recall pleaded to my Dad, but he wasn’t going to pay the entry fees! 😀 I must make it up there sometime this year 🙂

  10. 20th July 2017 / 7:26 PM

    I remember going here when I was a kid, and all I wanted to do was get to the beach. My parents had other ideas and dragged us around the castle – I seem to remember we kids were whining most of the time and my parents were grumpy! Thanks for the trip down memory lane 🙂

  11. 6th October 2017 / 10:37 AM

    So where did YOU have your Bucket of Tea in Criccieth?
    I love Cadwaladers if you can get a window seat at the far end… and, of course Dylan’s right on the sea front

    • Candace
      6th October 2017 / 11:35 AM

      It was cadwaladers and yes beautiful views

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