Criccieth Beach (Traeth y Promenade)

The crescent of sand and shingle beach at Criccieth sits in the lee of a a rocky headland upon which stand the imposing ruins of a 13th century castle. This headland provides lots of shelter from the prevailing westerly winds and combined with a gently sloping beach provides an excellent family beach.

Towards the castle end of the beach tends to be more shingle whilst as you head eastwards the beach becomes more sandy as it stretches away into Tremadog bay.

A promenade runs along the back of the beach from which there are plenty of access points, many of which are suitable for disabled visitors. Beyond this is the small town of Criccieth itself where you will find a range of shops, cafes and pubs.

The name Traeth y Promenade comes from the Welsh ‘traeth’, meaning beach and the rest you can probably figure out! It is one of two beaches in the small town of Criccieth and also referred to as the East beach.

Also known as:

Traeth y Promenade

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

There is a seasonal dog ban on most of the beach between April 1st and September 30th. There is however a dog friendly area at the eastern end of the beach, beyond the car park.

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  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Promenade

Nearest town



LL52 0HP

OS grid ref.

SH 5026 3808


parking available a short walk from the beach.

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Criccieth Beach Reviews

Beautiful beach ruined by cars

Jul 22nd 2021

You can drive on to the beach but people don’t park at the back, leave their vehicles, and walk to find a spot on the beach. Instead, people just park all over the beach and then stay right by their cars. People park right by the water’s edge, in the caves, by the rockpools, all over the place. So the beach just feels like a car park. It’s a real shame because otherwise it would be a beautiful beach. Lots of sand to play on. Safe for swimming. Beautiful bay. Cracking views. Great family beach. It could be great, but you end up just feeling like you are in a massive car park by the sea.

J kinsella
Jul 21st 2020

Down here today 22/8/20 granted not a busy time of the week but needed to use the public toilets which was very very clean! Thanks as a mobile engineer these are absolutely Very rare especially at this time credit to the lad who looked like he was tacking care of things!

What did we get wrong?