‘Unspoilt’ Welsh seaside resort named one of the best in the UK – ‘pretty special’

express– Snowdonia is a very popular holiday destination, but there is more to do in the area than attempting to climb Snowdon. One seaside town in the North Wales region has been named as one of the best in the UK.

Criccieth has everything holidaying Britons could wish for.


Located in Snowdonia in North Wales, the town has two beaches, a castle and of course, access to the national park.

Criccieth is known as the Pearl of Wales on the Shores of Snowdonia, and is on Cardigan Bay, on the Southern side of the Llyn Peninsula, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

On Tripadvisor, user Shooz said: “A beautiful place, if not a little quiet for some.

“But if in own transport would be a beautiful place to use as a base. The little tea rooms in the square is a great place to relax with a cuppa or have something to eat.”

The Victorian resort town’s two beaches are separated by its castle.

A mix of sand and pebbles, the beaches are popular for a walk all year, and a swim in summer when temperatures reach 20 degrees.

On Tripadvisor, ChrissJen said: ”Criccieth beach is beautiful, it’s clean and doesn’t have cheap toy shops or slot machines.

“It’s a natural flat area with mainly pebbles and rock pools, great to pass a couple of hours wandering along the waterline.”

Anne Cissie wrote: “Natural, unspoilt and dog friendly areas clearly marked and adhered to by most.

“Views to die for from endless sea views in one direction to mountains in the other.”

Jilly said: “The views are pretty special.”

Criccieth Castle is perched on its own headland in between the two beaches.

Overlooking the town and Cardigan Bay, Criccieth Castle was painted by Turner.

The castle was built in the 13th century by powerful Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great.

Jonathan W said: “What wonderful views.

“A small castle, but very nice with fantastic views over the sea and mountains.”

Jess said: “Visiting Criccieth Castle/Castell Cricieth is worth it for the view alone across the rest of Criccieth.”

Walkers will enjoy following part of the Wales Coast Path, which follows the Welsh coastline.

It’s easy to access the sections close to Criccieth from town and will give visitors a fantastic opportunity to discover the beauty of the Llyn Peninsula.

Criccieth itself also has a Heritage Walk visitors can follow to see some of the historic buildings in town.

The walk is detailed in a book available to purchase from the tourist offices at Criccieth or Porthmadog.

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