Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle: Hours, Address, Rhuddlan Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Rhuddlan Castle
4.5
10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday
10:00 - 17:00
About
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. The displayed opening times are our general pattern. Please check the Cadw website for specific times and days, including closures.
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N.Wilson
Manchester, UK360 contributions
Much more interesting than it looks with an amazing history
May 2021
Wow! Driven past this place loads of times and always put it on a back burner but decided to go on Sunday -(it's currently pre-booked tickets only and Sundays are half price).
Dogs are allowed on leads and on ground level only and there was such a lovely, lovely lady who welcomed us and let us in - she gave us so much information including letting us know that the gate would be closing within 30 minutes so she could sanitise but she told us that we could stay in the castle if we wished and we just had to be aware that we wouldn't be able to drive out of the carpark for a short period (sadly there was a younger lady in a high vis who was quite rude to my husband when we were leaving when he simply asked if the shop was open (bearing in mind everything has changed due to Covid and it was close to the time that the lovely older lady had said the gates were closing so she could sanitise) and she very short-temperedly snapped "I don't know!" at him. I work in Customer Services and was appalled at the way she spoke to him - it was unwarranted and unnecessary. I just walked off with our two dogs because I was so close to asking to speak to her manager - it wasn't just her tone, it was the filthy unfriendly scowl she gave him too.
She could learn a lot from the other lady who was impeccable and a true pleasure to talk with and who took the Covid duties seriously but with grace and charm even though my phone screen showing the e-tickets was hard to see due to the light and size of my phone.

Inside the castle was amazing and there are so many photo opportunities and a lot to learn and there is plenty of information available from the castle origins and the canalisation of the River Clwyd, to its decommisioning after a Parliamentary vote and it's fate being sealed by Major-General Thomas Mytton and Roger Hanmer and how the missing stonework was stolen by Stone Robbers who stole the rocks and stones to sell on.

A wonderful place that we'll more than likely visit again.
Written 28 May 2021
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Draculas_Bride666
Rothwell, UK664 contributions
Have a picnic
Aug 2019
Loved this castle....we sat in the keep and had a picnic.

The views are great and the castle is well situated. Small car park and gift shop but well worth a little visit.

You can also climb to the top.
Written 8 March 2020
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Milmo Wood
Prestatyn, UK13 contributions
Amazing
Jan 2020 • Friends
As a local I've been here many times from being very young.
Make a point of visiting if you haven't been yet.
Written 20 January 2020
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Archaeobuff
Sydney, Australia1,730 contributions
Great views from high atop this ruined castle
Sep 2019
This castle was a fine ruin and in much better condition than Flint and I could climb up one of the towers and walk part of the walls still standing. Great views all round across the countryside. I loved the sight of a row of sheep running along the canal nearby.
Written 5 November 2019
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R33BOC
Preston, UK22 contributions
Lovely little castle.
Oct 2019 • Family
We really enjoyed our short visit to the castle. It's good that are done spiral staircases to go to the top and enjoy the view too. Lovely gift shop. Lots of place to sit with a picnic while the kids explore, or just run around to blow off some steam.
Written 5 November 2019
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Cherry
Burton upon Trent, UK80 contributions
Beautiful Castle Ruins
Oct 2019 • Family
The staff in the gift shop were very friendly and the grounds of the castle were kept really tidy, we thoroughly enjoyed exploring this castle.
Written 14 October 2019
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gloryadventures
Cancun, Mexico30 contributions
Lovely!
Sep 2019 • Friends
You can see that years have actually gone by when you see this castle. Dating from 1277, this was one of King Edward's first castles in Wales. It has a wonderful view of the town. If you walk down the river you can see geese and swans and sit for a while to admire the beauty of this place. 😍
Written 7 October 2019
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mmu77
England97 contributions
Good attraction
Oct 2019 • Family
Spent the morning walking around and exploring the castle. Was good to pass time and discuss the landscape changes that was made to the surroundings . You can climb several staircases to stand on the top of the castle and take in the views from high.
Parking here was more than sufficient. Entry cost was also reasonable.
Written 4 October 2019
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Alan E
Wrexham, UK29 contributions
Driven past many times but first visit
Sep 2019
As it was Cadw Open Day decided to visit and there's much more to see than we expected. Lovely setting near the river with great views of the surrounding area.A 5 minute stroll away is Twthill which again has extensive views of the river and the Clwydian hills. Nice coffee shop near the castle (The Old Crown at the Castle) well worth a visit.)

Only downside was the custodian on duty who came across as very officious.We parked on arrival and decided to have a coffee before visiting the castle. She summoned us back to ensure we were going into the castle which we confirmed. Having exited the castle we decided to visit Twthill which was 5 minutes walk away but she again came out of the shop to insist we moved our car now we had left the castle grounds.This despite the fact there were other spaces available and the car park was hardly overwhelmed by visitors!
Written 30 September 2019
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Suny H
Oldbury, UK21 contributions
Nice trip
Sep 2019 • Family
Was a nice place to visit. Abit expensive to get in for what it was. Beautiful views. Lady came across very arrogant.
Written 30 September 2019
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