Ruined Castles - Wales

Criccieth Castle, Gwynedd


A Welsh castle captured and refortified by Edward I


Set high above the town on a grassy mound between the two beaches at Criccieth, this was originally a Welsh Castle having been built by Llywelyn the Great around 1230. Fifty years later it was captured by Edward I who refortified the castle by adding an extra storey on the gatehouse towers and adapted the Engine Tower for use by a trebuchet. At the beginning of the 15thC Owain Glyndwr captured and burnt the castle. Left in ruins, it was never rebuilt.

Criccieth Castle

The two massive gateway towers with a curtain wall enclose a small inner bailey.

Criccieth Castle

To the north, steps lead up to the Engine tower. To the south are the remains of the Prison Tower.

There isnít a lot of the castle left but on a clear day there are superb views down the Llyn Peninsula  to Llanbedrog and the headland beyond Abersoch. Across the bay is Harlech although it can be difficult to pick out the castle against the houses of the town.

The long stretch of sand of Criccieth beach stretches to Black Rock Sands, overlooked by Moel y Gest with the bulk of Moel Hebbog looming to the side of it.

Criccieth Castle

The visitor Centre at the bottom has an exhibition on Welsh Castles and information about Gerald of Wales and the trip he made with Archbishop Baldwin through Wales in 1188.

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