Criccieth Castle
Criccieth Castle
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Cilgerran is a 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 Glyndŵr. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for unexpected closures, opening times, events, and site facilities.
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  • danchapman31
    Nottingham, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Views to die for!🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🗻
    Never visited a castle before, this really was a special experience! The place is ran very well and smoothly, all the grounds were well looked after and the views were to die for! (From the cliff side of castle). At the time, we were the only people in the grounds and it was lovely to explore at our own pace. I can imagine when it’s busy that it can get quite crowded very quickly as the space isn’t vast. Will definitely visit again and a big well done to the entire team that keep the castle/grounds in excellent condition.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Louise M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Criccieth Castle and tour
    Parked on the street near the castle. Ignore the strange parking signs they are for lorries crossing the railway. Handy if walking is an issue as there is a steep incline up from the car parks, which are overlooking the beach. We had the guided tour which is well worth listening too. We had a lovely very knowledgeable gentleman with plenty of time to answer any questions on the local history and more at the end of the tour. It's only a small Castle but you can do Criccieth and Harlech Castle, both under Cadwr in the same day as half hour apart by car. Lots of little eateries etc down the hill with some seating overlooking beach
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Bill H
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dramatic site for ruined castle
    The dramatic ruin of Criccieth Castle overlooks the town and the views from the castle towards Snowdonia are spectacular. There's a bit less to the castle than its better known neighbours of Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris, but it's still worth a visit. There is plenty of free parking nearby and you can also visit the beach and get an ice cream from the parlour down the hill.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 24, 2023
  • Gareth Jones
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular scenery
    Spectacular scenery. Good display panels outlining the historical context. The highlight was the guided tour. Our group was led by a guide called Deian ap Rhisiart. He was exceptionally knowledgeable and, very interestingly, gave a Welsh perspective to the history of the castle. Such stories are usually presented from an Edward I perspective, neglecting the Welsh context. I really enjoyed the visit as did my friend who was visiting from the USA.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
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19Tom89
Warrington, UK41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Visited on a rainy, windy day but undeterred we battled on and had a great day out. The castle is reasonably priced and great for kids to climb and explore. Inside there was a small exhibition giving information on the history of the castle.
Written June 6, 2022
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Ewyena
Crowland, UK12,163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Visited in September 2019 while I had holiday in Wales.
Car park is on the beach, fair priced, and also we can find there public toilets, too. We have to walk up on a steep but short road to the castle, where there is a small showroom at the entrance, with some interesting information about the castle's history. Also here there are toilets and cafe. The castle itself is rather ruins nowadays, but yet very impressive and quite big. The view is fantastic and there are some benches behind the walls to sit and enjoy the lovely weather. Because it is on the top of the hill, so it can be very windy.
Written July 25, 2020
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John P
23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Lovely evocative castle set on a rocky outcrop by the sea in Criccieth which is well worth a visit. However, covid 19 precautions on entering and leaving and in the exhibition were very poor. Staff did not wear face coverings and were totally disorganized. It was quite scary leaving as everyone arriving were congregated by the only exit door which happened to be the entrance too. This spoilt the experience as it put undue stress on visitors.
Written July 4, 2021
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megalithman1
County Clare, Ireland47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
A group of 9 of us visited, ranging in age from 2 to 60+, and we all loved it. The fabulous views from the top, the accessibility of the castle ruins, the excellent display in the visitor centre, the wonderful staff, all combined to make it a memorable visit. We would go again and I would certainly recommend it to anyone as a "must-see".
Written October 17, 2022
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Playingout
Blackburn, UK93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Great hour or so adventuring around the castle gorgeous views from the top but blows a bit at the top!! Small gift shop at the bottom. Staff lovely and friendly.
£15 ish for 3 of us.
Written August 18, 2021
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danchapman31
Nottingham, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Never visited a castle before, this really was a special experience! The place is ran very well and smoothly, all the grounds were well looked after and the views were to die for! (From the cliff side of castle). At the time, we were the only people in the grounds and it was lovely to explore at our own pace. I can imagine when it’s busy that it can get quite crowded very quickly as the space isn’t vast. Will definitely visit again and a big well done to the entire team that keep the castle/grounds in excellent condition.
Written May 14, 2023
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David P
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Terrible customer service. Refused to honour our English Heritage second year membership despite presenting an email from English Heritage stating the cards had gone astray and new ones were in the post. I refuse to pay for something I’ve already purchased. So we left without entry. Completely wasted journey. Their staff should be better trained.
Written September 11, 2023
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MisterTrick
Manchester, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
After a short, steep walk up the hill, we reached the castle with its two D-shaped entrance towers still largely intact. The view from the top is magnificent - you can see a bay stretching away on either side of the craggy hilltop. The rest of the castle is mostly ruined but it allows you to conjure up its turbulent history in your imagination. Welsh Princes and Anglo-Norman Barons and Kings have fought here over the centuries. Thankfully, the place is peaceful now
Written August 31, 2021
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Bill H
Aberdeen, UK99 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The dramatic ruin of Criccieth Castle overlooks the town and the views from the castle towards Snowdonia are spectacular. There's a bit less to the castle than its better known neighbours of Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris, but it's still worth a visit. There is plenty of free parking nearby and you can also visit the beach and get an ice cream from the parlour down the hill.
Written July 24, 2023
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shropshirenick
Shrewsbury, UK20,074 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I love the Llyn Peninsula. When I see Criccieth Castle, I know I have arrived in this beautiful part of Wales. The castle is very prominent on a hill overlooking the bay. It is well worth a visit if you like castles and ruins. The views from the castle are stunning.
Written September 3, 2021
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