The attractive and peaceful seaside resort of Criccieth is steeped in history. In medieval times it was a stronghold of the Princes of Gwynedd, before its castle was captured and modified by Edward I. Later, in the Victorian era, Criccieth became a popular holiday destination - reflected in much of the local architecture, which still bears recognisably Victorian features.
While Criccieth is popular with visitors, it's not a rowdy place; it's generally very peaceful and laid-back all year round, and enjoys a strong community spirit. In fact, the local community organises a variety of events throughout the year for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Although a tiny town - it's more like a large village in size - there's plenty going on in Criccieth. There are regular antiques fairs, some excellent little independent shops (including the celebrated ice cream parlour, Cadwaladers), good pubs and restaurants and, of course, the looming presence of Criccieth Castle which juts out over the sea and presents some unbeatable photo opportunities - particularly at sunset.
A little further afield, in nearby Llanystumdwy is Highgate, the childhood home of early 20th century Prime Minister David Lloyd George. This is now a museum dedicated to his life and works and to life in the Victorian era. Llanystumdwy also has an excellent family attraction, Dwyfor Ranch Rabbit Farm, which is perfect for keeping your children or visiting grandchildren entertained.
Criccieth is close to both Porthmadog and Pwllheli - both of which benefit from big-name supermarkets and a variety of department stores and other facilities for those days when the local mini-market won't do.
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