Glyn Y Coed


Castles in North Wales


Criccieth castle

Criccieth’s very own Castle is situated on the headland between two beaches on a rocky peninsula overlooking Tremadog Bay.

Construction on Criccieth began in the early 13th century at the behest of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth of Gwynedd, and was later continued by his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales. Because of its strategic location, it was a focal point in the war between England and Wales ? eventually it was captured by Edward I of England during his second campaign in North Wales (1282-1283).

It’s well worth taking a walk up to see the old ruins of the castle and get a great view of Criccieth.

Harlech castle

Harlech castle can be seen from criccieth if you look left out over the water. It’s a concentric castle, constructed atop a cliff close to the Irish Sea. Architecturally, it is particularly notable for its massive gatehouse.

Built by King Edward I during his conquest of Wales, the castle was subject to several assaults and sieges during its period of active use as a fortification. The seven-year siege of the castle, during the Wars of the Roses has been memorialised in the famous song “Men of Harlech”.

Harlech Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle rests on a rocky hillock at the tip of Llyn Padarn, perched above a roadway near Llanberis, in Gwynedd, north Wales. It was built by the Princes of Gwynedd some time before 1230 and was active through at least 1284 and into the early 15th century. In the 19th century, it was immortalised in the eponymous romantic painting by J. M. W. Turner.

Dolbadarn Castle

Caernarfon Castle

Caernarfon Castle (Welsh: Castell Caernarfon) was constructed at Caernarfon in Gwynedd, north-west Wales, by King Edward I of England, following his conquest of Gwynedd in 1283. Caernarfon Castle is part of the World Heritage site ‘Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd’.

Caernarfon castle and the town is worth a visit.

Caernarfon Castle

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle on the north coast of Wales. It was built between 1283 and 1289 during King Edward I’s second campaign in North Wales. The design and work was overseen by master mason James of St. George using 1,500 laborers and stonecutters. An estimated ?15,000 (?162 million in 2009) was spent building the castle and the town’s defences, the largest single sum Edward I spent on any of his Welsh castles between 1277 and 1304.

The castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and managed by Cadw. It is also part of the World Heritage Site entitled “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward I in Gwynedd”.

Conwy Castle