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Visitor Notice

From Monday 20 September it will not be possible to book general admission tickets online for Cadw staffed sites with all ticket allocations available onsite only on the day of your visit.*

Furthermore, we will be operating a series of rolling site closures while we upgrade our systems in order to improve the visitor experience. Each of our sites will be closed in succession for between one and three days during this period.

For further information and to find out more about redeeming your Sky VIP winning ballot ticket, please check our updated guidance page.

To visit this monument:

  • check our opening times, prices and other facilities below
  • purchase your admission tickets on arrival
  • bring your face covering, to be worn in all indoor areas.

(*online tickets for Castell Coch will remain available due to the size and layout of the site)

The castle toilets are currently closed; public toilets are available in the village which is a 5 minute walk from the castle.


Awesome feat of engineering still towers above the River Clwyd

King Edward I liked his castles to be on the coast. It was safer that way. If his ruthless campaign to subdue the Welsh ran into trouble, supplies could still get through by sea.

At Rhuddlan, several miles inland, the plan was to use a river instead. Just one problem – the meandering Clwyd wasn’t quite in the right place. So Edward conscripted hundreds of ditch-diggers to deepen and divert its course.

More than seven centuries later Rhuddlan still looks like a castle that was worth moving a river for. Begun in 1277 it was the first of the revolutionary concentric, or ‘walls within walls’, castles designed by master architect James of St George.

Most impressive was the inner diamond-shaped stronghold with its twin-towered gatehouses. This sat inside a ring of lower turreted walls. Further beyond was a deep dry moat linked to the River Clwyd.

This bristling statement of Edwardian intent guarded a new town surrounded by ditched defences. You can still clearly make out the medieval grid layout of the streets in modern-day Rhuddlan.

More about Rhuddlan Castle

Opening times

Thursday–Monday 10am–5pm 

Closed Tuesday and Wednesday




Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled and companion
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans 
Seniors (Aged 65+)

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.

Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled and companion
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans 
Seniors (Aged 65+)

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry.


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Bike storage area available in car park or close to the monument.

On site parking available for approx 25 cars.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

Good access from the car park to the castle.

The grounds are level and laid to grass. 
Some unprotected drops.
There is 1 dedicated disabled parking space.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

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.

Smoking is not permitted.

A portable induction loop is available.

Light refreshments are available.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!


This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Water refill station available at this site.


Rhuddlan via A525 or A547.
6km/4mls Rhyl, Chester-Prestatyn/Llandudno route.
220m/250yards services 35/36, Rhyl-Rhuddlan/ Prestatyn, and service 51, Denbigh-Rhyl.

Postcode LL18 5AD.

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

Contact us

Telephone 03000 252239


Rhuddlan Castle,
Castle St, Rhuddlan LL18 5AD

For contractors, educational visits and deliveries please ring 01745 590777