"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"

Criccieth

Criccieth (Welsh: Cricieth) is a town and community on Cardigan Bay, in the Eifionydd area of Gwynedd in Wales. The town lies 5 miles (8 km) west of Porthmadog, 9 miles (14 km) east of Pwllheli and 17 miles (27 km) south of Caernarfon. It has a population of 1,826.

The town is a seaside resort, popular with families. Attractions include the ruins of Criccieth Castle, which have extensive views over the town and surrounding countryside. Nearby on Ffordd Castell is Cadwalader's Ice Cream Parlour, opened in 1927, whilst Stryd Fawr has several bistro style restaurants. In the centre lies Y Maes, part of the original medieval town common.

The town is noted for its fairs, held on 23 May and 29 June every year, when large numbers of people visit the fairground itself and the market which spreads through many of the streets of the town.

Famous people associated with the town include the British prime minister, David Lloyd George, who grew up in the nearby village of Llanystumdwy, and poet William George. Group Captain Leslie Bonnet, RAF officer, writer and originator of the Welsh Harlequin Duck and his wife Joan Hutt, artist both lived at Ymwlch just outside Criccieth from 1949 until their deaths in 1985.

Criccieth hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1975 and in 2003 was granted Fairtrade Town status. It won the Wales in Bloom competition each year from 1999 to 2004.

The town styles itself The Pearl of Wales on the Shores of Snowdonia.

Local authority: Gwynedd Council

OS Grid Reference: SH497378

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Things to see and do in and around Criccieth

  • Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm
  • The Magical Grounds
  • Tyn Llan Crafts
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Ropeworks
  • Welsh Highland Heritage Railway
  • Rob Piercy Gallery
  • Snowdon Mill Art and Craft Centre
  • Welsh Highland Railway
  • Ffestiniog Railway

Tourist Information

Porthmadog
Tourist Information Centre
High Street
Wales
LL49 9LD

Phone 01766 512981
Email porthmadog.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk

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Max temp. 7°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1013
Humidity 84%
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Max temp. 10°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1012
Humidity 73%
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Chance of rain 4%
Max temp. 13°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
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Pressure 1011
Humidity 73%
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Chance of rain 8%
Max temp. 13°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
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Pressure 1009
Humidity 80%
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Chance of rain 11%
Max temp. 13°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Pressure 1008
Humidity 87%
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Max temp. 13°C
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Wind 2mph, gusting to 4mph.
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Humidity 88%
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