Ruined Castles - Wales
A Welsh castle captured and refortified by Edward I
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.
The two massive gateway towers with a curtain wall enclose a small inner bailey.
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.
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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