Visit Criccieth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Criccieth, Gwynedd. In the North East section of Cardigan Bay, the village of Criccieth has one of the pleasantest stations on this coast. It is in the angle made by the arm of the Lleyn peninsula as it thrusts westward towards Ireland from the shores of Cardigan and Merioneth. Northward from Criccieth the mountains of Snowdonia pile against the horizon, but they do not overwhelm the village. It is sited towards the wide gap made by the estuary where the Glaslyn river and the Dwyryd join; and across the Glaslyn sands it looks at Harlech. Each place has its castle; each castle, in its present form, was shaped by the builders of the Edwardian Conquest to hold this angle of Wales. But Criccieth had its fortress before the last Llvwelyn fell; his predecessor. Llywelyn known as the Great, son-in-law of King John of England, suffered the indignity of having a son of his made captive in Criccieth Castle during the long series of wars between himself, as Lord of Gwynedd, and the Princes of Merioneth, Powys, and the South. Edward I in fact did no more than strengthen and encase the towers, two of which still stand. Criccieth Castle remained occupied down to the time of Elizabeth I. The first founder of it as a medieval stronghold is not certainly known; but the site was used as a position of strength from very early times. It is said that Criccieth is a name derived from Crug Aeth (Sharp Hill-Top).
Behind the town, and higher than the Castle, the hill called Mynydd Ednyfed shows where some much more ancient earthwork was thrown up to overlook the coastline; and we need go no further than Ystumcegid Isaf, with its cromlech, or the little place Dolbenmaen and its hill, Craig y Garn. to find evidence of the ancient peoples who lived on this estuary. To the North East of Criccieth a road leads into the depth of the Snowdon mountains, ending at Cwmystradllyn, where the lake lies under Moel Hebog (Hill of the Hawk), whose steep eastward face takes you to the waste of tumbled rocks that hide what was traditionally the cave of Owain Glyndwr. And, more directly North, the road to Dolbenmaen runs into the Pennant Valley and the long and narrow channel of the Dwyfor, where old copper-mines stand idle, and ancient houses contemplate the past.
Criccieth itself is a most pleasant place, with good hotels, an unspoilt beach, and indeed an unspoilt character of its own. It is still village-like in the best sense.
At the end of the rise, where the road turns suddenly into lanes, the home owned by the late Earl Lloyd George, and called Bryn Awelon, is plain to see.
Nearby towns: Nefyn, Porthmadog, Pwllheli
Nearby villages: Aberdaron, Abererch, Abersoch, Beddgelert, Bryncir, Chwilog, Clynnog Fawr, Garndolbenmaen, Gwydir, Gyrngoch, Harlech, Llanaelhaern, Llanaelhaiarn, Llanarmon, Llanbedr, Llanddwywe, Llandecwyn, Llanenddwyn, Llanfair, Llanfrothen, Llangybi, Llanllyfni, Llannor, Llanystumdwy, Llithfaen, Minffordd, Nantlle, Penrhos, Penrhyndeudreath, Penygroes, Pontllyfni, Portmeirion, Talsarnau, Trefor, Tremadog
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- a Criccieth bed and breakfast (a Criccieth B&B or Criccieth b and b)
- a Criccieth guesthouse
- a Criccieth hotel (or motel)
- a Criccieth self-catering establishment, or
- other Criccieth accommodation