Criccieth Castle It is a landmark site, a true testament to the varying fortunes of war.
What a picture, what a view! Perched on a headland with the sea as its constant bedfellow. Its twin-towered gatehouse intimidates prospective attackers. So badly did the native Welsh princes and English monarchs want it, that it changed hands more often than a
Built originally by Llywelyn the Great, this very Welsh of princes included a very English style of gatehouse. Edward I’s forces took the castle some 50 years later, undertook their own improvements and remodelled a tower for stone-throwing engines. Not as much fun for those at the bottom as it sounds for those at the top!
Owain Glyndŵr sealed Criccieth’s fate when his troops captured and burnt the castle in the early years of the 15th century. This was to be the last major Welsh rebellion against the English.
Criccieth Castle may also have given the name to the town rather than the other way round. Its suggested origins are ‘crug caeth’ – ‘crug’ (hill in Welsh), ‘caith’ (captives) – the name given to the jail on the hill, a function once held by the castle. Buy an ice-cream, there’s a lot of history to digest.
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Opening Times29 March - 31 October
Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm 31 November - 31 March 2014*
Friday and Saturday 9.30am - 4.00pm
Sunday 11.00am - 4.00pmLast admission 30 minutes before closing
*Criccieth Castle will be open and unstaffed with no admission charge at all other times. During this period, opening hours will be between 10.00am and 4.00pm daily.Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Adult - £3.50
Family - £10.50*
Senior citizens, students and
children under 16 - £2.65
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and all children/grandchildren under 16