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What? A mini road trip to see two castles, a river and a beach — all within 12 miles

Where? Denbighshire

Cadw site to see: Rhuddlan Castle and Denbigh Castle

Most ‘Instagrammable’ spot: Rhuddlan Castle as spotted from the banks of the River Clwyd.

If you’re looking for ways to tire out the little ones for a day then this itinerary could be the one for you.

Begin your day at Denbigh Castle, where the kids can experience the sights and sounds of medieval Wales — literally! Upon crossing the drawbridge into the triple-towered gatehouse, they’ll hear the portcullis thundering down, chains rattling and the din of horses and marching soldiers — all thanks to the site’s clever technological sensors.

After exploring Denbigh Castle, drive to nearby Rhuddlan Castle which — with a frequently jam-packed events itinerary — is one of Cadw’s most child friendly sites. Here, you and the children can learn more about medieval castle architecture and King Edward I’s master architect, Master James of St George.

A pleasant circular walk can then be followed around the castle via the old town ditch. On your family amble, make sure to cross the River Clwyd and capture that must-have ‘snap’ in front of the Castle — which features on the site’s guidebook.

Complete your afternoon with a short drive to Rhyl East Beach, where the whole family can enjoy a classic day at the seaside — complete with ice creams and sand castle building.

Why not challenge the children to create their very own concentric castles from the sand?!