Criccieth is known as “The Pearl Of Wales On The Shores Of Snowdonia”. Set around the castle, it’s a small town with beautiful beaches. Many walk and cycle paths allow you to fully immerse yourself in the Welsh countryside while Porthmadog and Pwllheli are just down the road.
Glasfryn Parc is 9 miles from Criccieth and a must to visit if you’re looking for a little adrenaline infused activity – wakeboarding, karting and quad biking are all on offer as well as bowling, fishing and archery for those who are looking for something a little less intense. Come rain or shine, there is something for each member of the family here.
SNOWDONIA ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES
offer a great variety of activities including gorge walking, canyoning, kayaking, climbing etc. George and his team always provide a top class service and the reviews speak for themselves.
Probably not the most obvious of activities, but this offers Segway as you have never seen it before – off road no less! If you’re not looking for the off road adventure you can always have a more leisurely cruise around the 30 acres of beautiful forest. Based at The Dragon Raiders Adventure Park, they also offer paintballing on site.
For a younger audience, this is a great place for children to get up close to rabbits, guinea pigs, puppies, goats and the like. A lovely atmosphere and homemade cakes to eat in the on site cafe after your fun with the animals.
Bear Grylls’ survival academy at the Dragon Raiders Adventure Park offers you a chance to learn survival techniques out in the wilderness – from building fires, shelters and foraging for food, you also learn how to purify water and master obstacle courses – its an amazing opportunity for you to learn life skills that you never know when you might need.
LLOYD GEORGE MUSEUM
The Lloyd George Museum is based at Highgate House in Llanystumdwy, a 5 mins out of Criccieth and is the childhood home of its namesake. He was Prime Minister during the First World War, introduced pensions for the elderly and gave women the vote. Furnished as it was between 1864 and 1880, it includes personal items as well as documents such as the Versailles Treaty.
Has two excellent Blue Flag beaches. Marine Beach, to the West of the castle is pebbly with views straight out to sea and is safe for bathing. Head West towards Pwllheli and you can walk for miles either along the beach or the path above. The main beach to the east of the castle is a mixture of pebbles and sand. A walk to the east brings you to rock pools for local wildlife.
BLACK ROCK SANDS
Is a 2 mile long sandy beach situated at Morfa Bychan, 2 miles from Porthmadog in North Wales. It is one of the few locations where you can take your car on to the beach. The sea along Black Rock Sands is shallow, with a gentle gradient making it ideal for swimming and bathing. Popular with windsurfers and kite-bugging. It has designated bathing and boat-launching areas.
The beaches here are mainly south facing and have been awarded the prestigious European Blue Flag Award. Glan y Mor beach is sandy and sheltered near the marina. South beach is mainly shingle and pebble and stretches the length of the attractive promenade with a play area and skate park nearby.
ZIP WORLD has offers 10 incredible activities in North Wales…
- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs throug the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surf lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Perfect for beginners and those who are looking to improve. No waiting around for the next set of waves. At the centre, there is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes
THE NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous and whilst in the area, you absolutely should take advantage of this. For some ideas of where to walk, you might be interested in these websites:
Mud and Routes is a great information resource for walking in the area. Simply enter where you would like to walk and it will give you some tried and tested routes.
Geocaching is popular in this neck of the woods and if you love a treasure hunt, then this is a great way to while away an afternoon.
If your interested in tackling Snowdon itself while you are here, then here is a simple guide on how to do it: Our very own ‘Really Simple Walking Guide Up Snowdon’
based just north of Dolgellau, this forest (Coed) offers mountain biking heaven. Ranging from routes for beginners to the more advanced it is fantastic. Free to get in, you can either rent a bike there or take your own. If not all the party are up for cycling, there are also wonderful walks. Take a picnic as there are lots of picnic tables or there is also a cafe that serves food.
There are 4 trails, its costs £27.50 for the day as it is an uplift service and more suited to advanced riders. You will need to pre-book a space and you can hire bikes there. Again there is a cafe and other activities on offer.
BIKE HIRE – Glyn-y-Coed Hotel in Criccieth, Beics Menai in Caernarfon or Llyn Cycle Hire in Aberdaron are the nearest places to hire bikes.
This recent post we did on mountain biking will give you more information: SNOWDONIA STYLE ADVENTURE | MOUNTAIN BIKING
Dylans is a great place on the promenade – fantastic seafood in a fantastic environment.
TIR-A -MOR Just by the beach is a great place to eat – enticing choice of dishes, including vegetarian, chicken, beef, lamb, and the chef’s specialty, fish.
POACHERS Poachers is a small, family owned and operated business, fully licensed, the varied menu features International Cuisine.
MEI’S FUSION FOOD Based on the high street, it offers a indonesian menu.
NO 46 is a coffee come gift shop offering light lunches, cakes and coffee / tea – a lovely little place.
CAFE CWRT is set in the centre of town and has a great little courtyard to sit in on hot days or is cosy inside on those wetter days! Light lunches and cakes available.
THE SPICE BANK in the centre of the town is situated in an old church and offers a good menu.
FISH AND CHIPS
TREM-Y-GAER eat in or take out, it’s always a winner!
The birthplace of CADWALADERS! Say no more, it’s got to be the place to go for the holiday ice creams!
- The Health Centre, Criccieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0RR TEL: 01766 800 550
- The accident and emergency hospital is 10 mins away: Ysbyty Alltwen, Tremadog, Gwynedd LL49 9AQ61 TEL: 0 1766 510010
Many places locally only accept cash and so make sure you have enough on hand.
- Porthmadog has an HSBC, Barclays and Natwest
- The Post Office: Stryd Fawr, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0BU TEL: 01766 522764
- ALDI, LiDL and TESCO: are all in Porthmadog which is a 10 min drive away. Tesco will deliver to Criccieth
- ASDA: is in Pwllheli – it is a small store mainly offering food. Asda will deliver to Criccieth.
- ASDA: SPAR: 62 Stryd Fawr, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 0HB – based on the main high street in Criccieth
There are stations located in Porthmadog, Criccieth and Pwllheli:
Transport for Wales is the train service provider for North Wales: Transport For Wales Website
There is a bus service that runs from Porthmadog along the Llyn Peninsula, through the surrounding towns and villages. The times are not that often so you really need to plan ahead:
- local taxi firms include:
- CASTLE CABS: 2 Castle Terrace, Criccieth, Gwynedd, LL52 0DY TEL: 01766 522695
- CRICCIETH TAXIS: Bryn Henlan Lon Ednyfed, LL52 0LD TEL: 01766 522726
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