Criccieth is a beautiful seaside resort town on Cardigan Bay, the Southern side of the Llyn Peninsula. Known as the ‘Pearl of Wales on the Shores of Snowdonia’, this attractive Victorian seaside resort is popular with tourists for its fantastic beaches and its traditional Welsh charm.
Overlooking the town on its headland stands the remains of the 13th century Criccieth Castle. The origin of the name ‘Criccieth’ has been disputed over the years, but many believe it is a reference to welsh words ‘crug caeth’. These words translate to ‘hill captives’ - the hill on which the castle was built was once used as a jail’
This unique village straddles both Cumbria and Northumberland making it an ideal base for exploring the heart of Hadrian’s Wall, as well as visiting places like Carlisle, Hexham and Newcastle.
Tourism started with the opening of a railway station in 1830 but this has subsequently been closed so this has left the village somewhat isolated, which makes it such a peaceful destination, with it’s large tracts of forestry and high ground - laced with popular footpaths, cycle rails and bridleways to the north and south.