Welsh Riviera weekend
Welcome to the Welsh Riviera. What better place for a romantic weekend away than the picture-perfect charm and breath-taking sea views at Criccieth situated on the Llyn Penninsula in North West Wales. And what better way to arrive than by train. Cruise through ancient landscapes and majestic wood-clad hills and alongside the beaches and cliff tops of the stunning Cambrian Coast.
On route look out for Powis Castle (on the right-hand side as the train leaves Welshpool) and the Royal Welsh Warehouse near Newtown station (home to the world’s first mail order service and used by Queen Victoria herself). Take in the stunning plains and rivers of the Dyfi Valley before the train hugs the rocky ledge around the Dyfi estuary and its shifting landscape of sand, sea and wildlife. Take in the purple mountain ridges of Snowdonia and the spectacular views as you cross the one-mile long bridge over the Mawddach Estuary and Barmouth harbour. Marvel at the World Heritage Harlech Castle perched high above the station approach before passing through the Italian-inspired village of Portmeirion, over the cob to Porthmadog before arriving in Criccieth.
Your home from home
There are lots of romantic boltholes and dreamy sea views in Criccieth as well as its own castle to explore and within easy reach of the world-renowned Snowdonia National Park.
Sample local delicacies
For a romantic picnic on the beach pick up an array of local Welsh chesses at Deli Newydd and the artisan bakery on the High Street. Or head to Caffi Cwrt on the square or Blue China and Cadwaladers for sundaes with a sea view. For a romantic meal head for the Tir a Mor, Poachers, Tiffins or The Moelwyn. For art deco dining with stunning panoramic sea views, head for multiple award-winning Dylan’s restaurant on the Esplanade.
Take in the charm of neighbouring Pwllheli and Porthmadog. Both a short train or bus ride away.