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image for Castle item typeRhuddlan Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £2.50-£4.20

Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle

Details

King Edward I liked his castles to be on the coast. It was safer that way. If his ruthless campaign to subdue the Welsh ran into trouble, supplies could still get through by sea.

At Rhuddlan, several miles inland, the plan was to use a river instead. Just one problem – the meandering Clwyd wasn’t quite in the right place. So Edward conscripted hundreds of ditch-diggers to deepen and divert its course.

More than seven centuries later Rhuddlan still looks like a castle that was worth moving a river for. Begun in 1277 it was the first of the revolutionary concentric, or ‘walls within walls’, castles designed by master architect James of St George.

Most impressive was the inner diamond-shaped stronghold with its twin-towered gatehouses. This sat inside a ring of lower turreted walls. Further beyond was a deep dry moat linked to the River Clwyd.

This bristling statement of Edwardian intent guarded a new town surrounded by ditched defences. You can still clearly make out the medieval grid layout of the streets in modern-day Rhuddlan.

Baby changing facilitiesCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

1 April - 3 November 2019 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm.
4 November 2019 - 31 March 2020 Closed.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

2019 Prices:
Adult £4.20
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children) - £12.20
Seniors £3.40
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.50
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Castle Street,
Rhuddlan,
Rhyl,
Denbighshire,
LL18 5AD

Location

Directions

Plan route to Rhuddlan Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 024780  Lat: 53.29010 Long: -3.46490

A525 south from Rhyl & A547 to Rhuddlan. Left at the roundabout (signed Rhuddlan), continue on this road to the High Street and left where signed to the Castle.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Rhyl station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed