The ruins of Criccieth Castle dominate this small town which has a population of 1,800 and lies between Porthmadog and Pwllheli on the Lleyn peninsula. The Castle is situated on the headland between the two beaches in Criccieth, on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay.
It was built by Llywelyn the Great of the kingdom of Gwynedd but it was heavily modified following its capture by the forces of Edward I in the late C13th. Following the arrival of the Cambrian Coast Railway, the pastimes of the Victorians of sea bathing, hill walking and mountain walking increased in popularity and this coupled with the stunning scenery ensured the prosperity of this beautiful coastal resort.
The town is noted for Cadwalader's Ice Cream Parlour which opened in 1927.