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image for Castle item typeRhuddlan Castle (Cadw)

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £2.40-£4

Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle

Details

The castle remained faithful to the Edwardian principle of seaborne access. Rhuddlan. What’s in a name? ‘Rhudd’ is the old Welsh word for ‘red’ and ‘glan’ means ‘bank’. The Normans left us with ‘roe’, a word derived from the French ‘le rous’, meaning redhead. ‘Roeland’ is first mentioned in 1086 but by 1277 it was known as Rhuddlan and Edward I’s chosen location for a mighty scary castle.

For centuries, Rhuddlan had been a fiercely contested strategic location leading to much bloodshed. Edward’s muscle power triumphed long enough to build a muscle-bound symmetrical castle, showcasing the latest in ‘walls-within-walls’ technology. Edward I needed access to the sea to keep his castle supplied so he diverted the River Clwyd for over 2 miles (3.5km) to provide a deep-water channel for ships. The remains of a defended river gate still exist in the outer ring of the walls.

The castle also played a seminal role in Welsh history: it was here that a new system of English government was established over much of Wales by the Statute of Rhuddlan (1284) – a settlement that lasted until the Act of Union in 1536. After the Civil War the castle was rendered untenable – hence its present condition.

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

Dogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening details

24 March - 4 November 2018 Daily 10.00am - 5.00pm.
5 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Closed.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

2018 Prices:
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
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
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed