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Overview

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.

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 Glyndŵr. Without a garrison to protect it, the town became entirely Welsh once more.

More about Criccieth Castle


Opening times

10am – 5pm daily

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

10am – 4pm  Wednesday - Saturday

11am – 4pm Sunday

Open and unstaffed with no admission charge Monday -Tuesday

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Member - Join now
Free
Adult
£5.80
Family*
£16.80
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
£3.50
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£4.60

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


Facilities

Accessible toilets icon Bikes access icon Car park icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Portable hearing icon Refreshments icon Toilets icon School visits icon Venue hire icon Video presentation icon Wi-Fi icon

Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.

Bike storage area available in car park or close to site.

On street parking available nearby. Local authority pay and display available near the beach (approx. 300 metres)

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Light refreshments are available.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

A video presentation is available at this site.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


Directions

Road
A497 to Criccieth from Porthmadog or Pwllheli.
Rail
400m/440yards, Shrewsbury-Machynlleth/Pwllheli route
Bus
200m/220yards, route No 3, Porthmadog-Criccieth/Pwllheli.
Bike
NCN Route No.8 On route.

Postcode LL52 0DP

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


Contact us

Telephone 01766 522227

Email
Criccieth.Castle@gov.wales

Address
Criccieth Castle
Castle St, Criccieth LL52 0DP