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About Ruthin

Welcome to the historic market town of Ruthin. It’s a surprising little town layered with over 800 years of history and set in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. With its winding streets, stunning architecture, enchanting shops and good food, Ruthin has much to offer a visitors. The Times editor Simon Jenkins describes Ruthin as ‘the most charming small town in Wales,’ and we’re sure you’ll agree!

Ruthin is proud to be a top class tourism destination. It’s a surprising little town layered with over 800 years of history and set in one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain. With its winding streets, stunning architecture Read more ›

 

Coach Park: FREE parking available at Ruthin Craft Centre

Pick-up/drop-off points:  Park Road car park

Toilets: FREE toilets at the Ruthin Craft Centre, Market Street next to Costa.

Pay toilets at Cae Ddol car park, off Clwyd Street.

 Ruthin Craft Centre

Open daily from 10.00am – 5.30pm. Admission free.

Ruthin Craft Centre,
Park Road, Ruthin
Denbighshire, LL15 1BB
Tel: +44 (0)1824 704774
Email: ruthincraftcentre@denbighshire.gov.uk

Operator & driver info: FREE parking in Ruthin Craft Centre. Refreshments available for driver at Café R.  

W: visitruthin.wales    T: 01824  706223  E: tourism@denbighshire.gov.uk

Eat, drink and shop

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/cafe/

To discuss a group booking call 01824 708099

Also many other cafes and restaurants

See https://visitruthin.wales/explore-ruthin/eat-drink-shop

Attractions to see on a day visit

Ruthin Craft Centre

The main gallery has the very best in national and international contemporary applied art, and also other exhibitions/workshops of interest

http://ruthincraftcentre.org.uk/

Ruthin Gaol

The Gaol is the one of the most popular places to visit in Ruthin, and is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction in the UK. Spend time exploring its nooks and crannies and learn about life in the Victorian prison system.

www.ruthingaol.co.uk

Nantclwyd y Dre

See the oldest dated timber framed town house in Wales, built in 1434/5 which has been carefully restored to seven different ages when the house was occupied. Also visit the wonderful Lord’s Garden.

www.nantclwydydre.co.uk

Please note that Ruthin Gaol and Nantclwyd y Dre are open for general visits April-September and during the winter for pre-booked tours only. Groups wishing to have a person-guided tour need to pre book with venues. See websites for details.

Ruthin Castle

Have some refreshments in the magnificent 19th Century castle  and visit the hidden mediaeval castle, part of the iron ring of castles built by Edward 1 in its grounds. Ruthin Castle also provides a superb stage for hosting themed evening medieval banquets.

http://www.ruthincastle.co.uk/

St Peter’s Square and Church

Discover the legend where King Arthur beheaded Huail and Old Court House, rebuilt after the last Prince of Wales, Owain Glyndwr, attacked the town in September 1400. Also go inside the 14th Century church with its magnificent wooden roof.

Guided tours

Fully qualified Blue Badge Guides provide tours with optional extras such as visits to various attractions, morning coffee, afternoon tea, lunch or cream teas. Standard tours last around one and a half hours, but the time and topic can easily be arranged to suit each group. We can also arrange a familiarisation visits for group organisers to help them find out about the attractions and facilities we offer.

https://heritagetoursnorthwales.com/ruthin/

email htnw@btinternet.com

 Self guided tours

Explore Ruthin  tour

Pick up a copy of a Ruthin trail from Ruthin Craft Centre Tourist Information Point. Download a copy  http://www.discoverdenbighshire.wales/exploring-ruthin/

Ruthin Art trail tour

Discover the 10 spy holes set into the town walls and spot the 22 figures hidden amongst the facades and roofs around the town.

http://www.ruthinarttrail.co.uk/

Ruthin’s strategic position between the Hiraethog Moors and the Clwydian Hills has led to many bloody battles between the Welsh and the English who fought for centuries for control of the area. Read more ›

 

Ruthin’s strategic position between the Hiraethog Moors and the Clwydian Hills has led to many bloody battles between the Welsh and the English who fought for centuries to gain control of the area.

In Ruthin, history and heritage go hand in hand. With ancient settlements dating back to Celtic times and a rich Roman history, the town dates back hundreds of years. The imposing castle was first built in 1277 and was one of the few buildings left standing when Owain Glyndwr burnt the town to the ground in 1400.

Today, the history and heritage of Ruthin can still be seen everywhere you look. From the black and white Grade 1 timbered Nantclwyd y Dre to the impressive gaol and an incredible variety of interesting buildings, the town is rich in beautiful architecture which is preserved for all to enjoy.

Many famous faces also hail from Ruthin, including actor Rhys Ifans and former wife of John Lennon, Cynthia. Lennon’s son Julian also attended Ruthin School in the 1980s.

Ruthin regularly takes place in the well-known heritage event Open Doors where it allows visitors to take a look inside some of the town’s most important buildings for free, with many of them only opening their doors for this one weekend of the year. Guided and self-guide walks are tours are available all year round.

Ruthin has its fair share of myths and legends, and ghost stories and sightings are all around the town. Read more ›

 

Ruthin has its fair share of myths and legends, and ghost stories and sightings are all around the town.

Local chief Huail fought King Arthur over one of the King’s mistresses, and wounded him in the knee. Arthur was willing to maintain a truce of peace with Huail as long as he never referred to Arthur’s wounded knee.

There have been several reports of ghostly wailings being heard by customers withdrawing cash at the Nat West bank, which could be because it once served as the town’s court house and the gallows were located where the ATM now is.

The ghostly apparition of the mysterious Lady Grey, who was rumoured to have been put to death by her husband, has been seen many times in Ruthin, especially around the castle. Other ghostly encounters include an electrician who had all the doors slam shut while working in the 17th century cells below the town trapping him in, and there have been several reports of being aware of the presence of a young girl.

Legend also has it that a wild dog inhabits the woods around the town and you can see its scary red eyes staring at you in the dark.

Story and video link news.bbc.co.uk

Ruthin Craft Centre is considered the premier centre for the display of Contemporary Applied Art in the UK. It houses artists workshops, cafe, craft showcase and three spectacular galleries. Read more ›

 

Ruthin Craft Centre is considered the premier centre for the display of Contemporary Applied Art in the UK. It houses artists workshops, cafe, craft showcase and three spectacular galleries.

The arts and culture play a big part in Ruthin. The town has its own Craft Centre and an Arts Trail.

The Ruthin Craft Centre at the bottom of town has six studios occupied by skilled craftsmen, who give regular demonstrations of traditional skills, plus as an education space, tourist information centre, large art galleries and a café, which will reopen shortly.

In 2008, the original craft centre was demolished and the new one we see today was rebuilt, which won the 2009 Dewi-Prys Thomas Prize. It was also shortlisted for the 2009 Art Fund Prize and highlighted as a ‘Design Delight’ by the Design Commission for Wales.

Ruthin is blessed with beautiful natural and man-made objects. The town stands on a large ridge of sandstone looking over the Vale of Clwyd and the River Clwyd. Read more ›

 

Ruthin is blessed with beautiful natural and man-made objects. The town stands on a large ridge of sandstone looking over the Vale of Clwyd and the River Clwyd. Most of the buildings in town, including the Castle, are made from this local stone which gives them their distinctive red hue.

Ruthin is located within the Clwydian Range, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We’re surrounded by stunning scenery and breathtaking views, and close to other natural wonders like the beaches of the North Wales coast, Offa’s Dyke – which marks the natural boundary with England – and Loggerheads Country Park.

Ruthin has superb architecture and outstanding buildings at every turn. The Castle is the centre-piece of the town, and Grade I and II listed buildings are everywhere you look, the most spectacular being Nantclwyd y Dre, which is thought to be the oldest surviving house in Wales dating back to 1435. Elsewhere, the gaol, Myddelton Arms, Rose Cottage and Plas Coch are among the significant buildings in the town.

Ruthin is less than an hour from the giant conurbations of England’s north west. Only 30 minutes from the coast to the north and the mountains of Snowdonia to the west, Ruthin is the perfect base for exploring all that north Wales has to offer. Read more ›

 

From Merseyside: Take either tunnel and join the M53. Follow signs to north Wales, along the A550 to the A494. Remain on the A494, passing Mold, and follow signs to Ruthin.

From Manchester: Take the southbound M56, until it joins the A494. Remain on the A494, passing Mold, and follow signs to Ruthin.

From the North: Leave the southbound M6 at junction 9, taking the southbound M56 until it joins the A494.

Remain on the A494, passing Mold, and follow signs to Ruthin.

From the Midlands/South: Leave the northbound M6 at junction 10A, taking the M54 towards Telford. Follow the A5 through Llangollen to Corwen, look out for the A494 signposted to Ruthin.

You can take a train to either Wrexham or Chester stations. There are regular buses from both of these stations to Ruthin. Call 08712 002233 or check traveline-cymru.org.uk for information on buses.

National Express operate services to Wrexham and Chester daily from all over the UK. You can find timetables here nationalexpress.com or ring 08705 808080.

For your satnav, most places in Ruthin use the postcode LL15