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Visitor notice

This monument is open and free to visit with no pre-booking required.

Check our opening times and facilities below; please act responsibly and be respectful of the local area during your visit.

Please adhere to Welsh Government social distancing guidelines and coronavirus restrictions at all times and do not attempt to access enclosed spaces.

Overview

Medieval mound where a long-lost castle once stood

This massive earthen motte (or mound) marks the site of Rhuddlan’s first castle. Built in 1073 by Robert of Rhuddlan above the River Clwyd, the mound would have been topped with timber fortifications, though it is possible that a stone structure was erected at a later date. The castle moved between Welsh and English hands several times during the troubled 11th and 12th centuries, until it was replaced by Rhuddlan Castle – built just a short distance away by King Edward I in 1277.


Opening times

Daily 10am - 4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Admission
Free

Facilities

No drones icon No smoking icon

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.


Directions

Road
3m (4.8km) S of Rhyl
Rail
Rhyl 2 1/2m (4km)