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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

Events at this Venue

date event
Mon 1 Apr - Sun 1 Sep Pebble Decorating
Wed 24 Apr Character Guided Tour

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