Unlike many of the castles of North Wales the one in Criccieth wasn't built, initially at least, by Edward I but it's instead believed to have been built by Llewelyn The Great in the early 13th century. Edward captured the castle in the late 13th century and added to it and these days it's not really known for certain which of bits that remain are Welsh and which are English.
To be honest there isn't a great deal to see here, unlike the castles at Caernarfon and Conwy there's not all that much left to explore. You can't for example climb any towers. However this is reflected to some extent in the reasonable admission prices and in any case we should all make time to celebrate our heritage so it's a must visit if you're in Criccieth.
What you also get is some of the most spectacular views you could imagine. The castle is perched on a headland from which you can see pretty all the coastline of West Wales right the way down to Pembrokeshire. Make sure you visit on a sunny day to make the most of the views.
As an added bonus the building at the entrance also has a display about the life and times of Gerald of Wales (look him up on Wikipedia!).
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