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Criccieth Castle sits on the headland overlooking Tremadog Bay in Criccieth, North Wales. The 13th century castle towers over the town of Criccieth to this day. The Castle was founded by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth (Llywelyn Fawr), and extended by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last). After the English King Edward 1's successful campaign against the Welsh in 1283 the castle was again strengthened and extended, but this time by the English invaders.
Owain Glyn Dŵr sealed Criccieth’s fate when his troops captured and burnt the castle in the early years of the 15th century. This was to be the last major Welsh rebellion against the English.

Criccieth Castle may also have given the name to the town rather than the other way round. Its suggested origins are ‘crug caeth’ – ‘crug’ (hill in Welsh), ‘caith’ (captives) – the name given to the jail on the hill, a function once held by the castle.





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