For centuries Rhuddlan Castle had been a fiercely contested strategic location leading to much bloodshed. Edward I's muscle power triumphed long enough to build a muscle-bound symmetrical castle, showcasing the latest 'walls within walls' technology. Edward I needed access to the sea to keep his castle supplied, so he diverted the River Clwyd for over two miles 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.
Getting there - Road: Rhuddlan via A525 or A547. Rail 4mls/6kms Rhyl, Chester - Prestatyn/Llandudno route. Bus 250 yards/220m Services 35/36 Rhyl - Rhuddlan/Prestatyn and service 51, Denbigh - Rhyl
Although admission to this event is free, it is a ticketed event. Tickets available on the website here.
Dates, times and prices
23 Sep - 24 Sep 2017
10.00am - 4.00pm
Adult - Am ddim / free
Family - Am ddim / free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Am ddim / free
Member - Am ddim / free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim / free
Facilities and information
- 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
- Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
- This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website http://www.noflydrones.co.uk
Postcode LL18 5AD
Road Rhuddlan via A525 or A547.
Rail 6km/4mls Rhyl, Chester-Prestatyn/Llandudno route.
Bus 220m/250yards services 35/36, Rhyl-Rhuddlan/ Prestatyn, and service 51, Denbigh-Rhyl.
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.