This site is now open to view or visit.
In line with Welsh Government advice and guidance, we have started to reopen a selection of our unstaffed heritage sites in a safe and controlled way — for the benefit of local communities.
We are pleased to announce that this monument is now open and is free to view or visit with no pre-booking required. Please adhere to our new visitation guidelines, act responsibly and be respectful towards the site and its local area at all times.
Site opening times, parking and other available facilities at our reopened sites may have changed. Please check this site’s webpage carefully for specific updates.
For further information on what to expect and how to stay safe during your visit, please read our FAQs page.
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.