My parents are staying for the week and Sunday bought us a beautiful day; blue skies and turquoise sea, it was so clear we could see Criccieth from my sitting room window. As it had been 50 years since they last went there, I decided to spend a day in Criccieth… With my parents!
With a little bit of planning, there is plenty to keep you occupied in Criciceth for an afternoon and if it’s one of those hot beach days, then a full day and evening would certainly be on the cards.
We parked on the prom where it is £1 for 4 hours; this is perfect as it is in easy walking distance to the beach and cafes. We got there for lunch and as it was such a lovely day, we opted for the Swn Y Mor (Sound of The Sea) Cafe; lots of outside seating, sea views and a good selection of lunch time favorites, both hot and cold. Mum and I had prawn baguettes, my Dad the all day breakfast and all was delicious.
As we came out I noticed a couple of scuba divers which was a first in this neck of the woods and so when I asked what was there to see, I was surprised to learn that under the castle there is a very well known diving sight. My Dad then joined us and started to wax lyrical on our diving experiences in the Red Sea from when we lived in the Middle East…. mortified, I quickly ushered him along, especially in light of the fact he was dressed as Indiana Jones for the day!
We decided to walk up by the castle via Cadwaladers icecream – you cannot go to Criccieth without an icecream from here; it is where it was created afterall. I had oreo biscuit flavour, Mum had Salted Caramel and Indiana Jones went for the traditional chocolate… waffle cones, sprinkles and lots of ice cream, they were good!
We carried on up past the castle, taking the road along the prom which eventually bought us back up on the far end of the high street (this takes about 20 mins). Turn right onto the high street which will bring you to the shops. We mooched down the high street where there are gift shops, deli’s and coffee shops. A great place called Rousells Emporium is situated in an old chapel and is now full of odd and quirky things; I loved it. The retail offering in Criccieth has vastly improved over the last 3 years.
We finished the loop by walking back down to the prom and along to Dylans. This is a bit like Cadwaladers i’m afraid, you have to visit. Had we not had a late lunch, we would have had dinner there (it’s amazing), but instead we went and sat outside and had a cup of tea while we looked out to sea. A walk along the beach with our shoes off was the finale and I made my parents do this as it finished off our day at Criccieth!
We just did the immediate town centre, however, there are lots of things to see and do on the outskirts of Criccieth and further up the Llyn Peninsula; details can be found on this post I did: THINGS TO DO IN CRICCIETH.