We made Criccieth our base of operations for our North Wales adventure. We spent the four days and three nights at the George IV Hotel. We had stayed here previously 8 or 9 years before, and found it just as convenient as before. While there are a few stairs to the lobby, there is a small wheelchair lift, and all floors are serviced by the main lift. Some of the hallways are a bit narrow for a wheelchair to navigate, and there are several fire doors as well. But we managed to get access to all areas we needed. Our room was basic, and in need of some renovation, but functional, comfortable, and suited our purposes. The shower had good pressure, and there was sufficient hot water for a good bath as well. The mattress was a bit overly firm, but we doubled the duvet to pad it out. Housekeeping came each day to change towels, empty bins, and make the bed, but only changed bed linen if there was a “obvious need” for it. We did query this, and were brought fresh linen. Meals for the half board were good, and followed a set rotation. Same offerings each Monday, etc. Breakfast was buffet for the Continental portions (cereal, etc) and cooked options were ordered at the table. WiFi was available in some public areas, but was weak. No connection was found in our room, at all. Fair enough it wasn’t advertised as such. Many of the guests were part of coach tours, and the hotel seems to make a good business of this arrangement. The location in Criccieth is good, and there is parking for guests opposite the hotel on the High Street. It is a good base of operations as well for visiting Portmeirion, Porthmadog, and Anglesey.
The beach at Criccieth is mixed sand and cobble. There were several people out on the beach, and it is sign-posted as a dog free beach. Owing to this several dog walkers confined themselves to the promenade outside the beach railings. There are some excellent views of the castle, and of the mountains in the other direction. We stopped here on two occasions with very differing weather, on one day blowy with people in Wellies and jackets, and the other sunnier with more people dressed in beachwear. There is pay and display parking, though blue badge parking is free. We parked up and spent time just watching the sea, and surrounds.
Criccieth Castle dominates the town and is a great landmark. It can be seen from much of the town, and there are especially good views of it from the beach, and on the castle hill itself. While it is not as grand as Conwy or Caernarfon, it is still an impressive size considering the size of the town. There is a bit of a climb to reach it, so we settled on exterior views, but it was still a must see.
In the nearby village of Llanystumdwy is the Llyod George Museum. The museum has a relatively late opening time, so we were much to early to go in, and had a full schedule for the day. That said we viewed the grounds from outside, and got a few photos. This cottage is really important historically, and I hope to someday be able to return to learn more of the great PM’s story.
Back in Criccieth we found Cadwaladers Ice Cream Shop. We stopped in to try a few scoops and were glad we did. After all what is the seaside without ice cream? But this is no ordinary ice cream. We had a scoop of custard which was the flavour of true custard, not just a hint. The Turkish Delight was bursting with yumminess as well. The pistachio was also goo, but lacked the explosive good flavour of the other two, but was still one of the better ones I have had.
Criccieth is small, but has lots to offer both in local attractions and in places to be reached from it. It is worth the visit.