Rhuddlan Castle

Accredited Attraction - Wales
  • Rhuddlan Castle

    Rhuddlan Castle

  • Rhuddlan Castle

    Rhuddlan Castle

  • Rhuddlan Castle

    Rhuddlan Castle

  • Rhuddlan Castle

    Rhuddlan Castle

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.

Current times and prices

Dates
3 November 2014 - 31 March 2015

Times

Closed

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Facilities and information

Baby changing Cycle stands Car park Dogs welcome Gift shop No smoking Picnic tables Portable induction loop Refreshments Toilets
  • A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
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Directions

Postcode LL18 5AD

Car Road Rhuddlan via A525 or A547.

Rail Rail 6km/4mls Rhyl, Chester-Prestatyn/Llandudno route.

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For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.