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Rhuddlan Castle




Rhuddlan Castle is a Welsh castle located in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire. It was erected by King Edward I beginning in 1277, but was not completed until 1282.

The castle sits alongside the River Clwyd, which allowed the castle to be provisioned through a special canal built for that purpose. During the castle's lengthy construction, the River Clwyd was straightened and dredged to facilitate deliveries to the castle. Rhuddlan was planned as a concentric castle, boasting twin-tower gatehouses in its inner ward and small towers and turrets in its outer ward. Rhuddlan is relatively unique in that it is 'diamond' in layout, the gatehouses positioned at the corners of the square baileys instead of along the sides as at Harlech, Caerphilly or Beaumaris.

Rhuddlan was not the first fortress built in this area. The remains of a castle built in 1086 called Twthill can be found close to Rhuddlan's current location. The Statute of Rhuddlan was issued from Rhuddlan Castle by Edward I, in his late-13th century campaigns against the Welsh.

Address Address:

Rhuddlan Castle
Castle Street,
Denbighshire LL18 5AD

Telephone Telephone:

01745 590777

Wensite Website:

Admission Charges Admission Charge:-

Adult - �2.90, concession - �2.50, family - �8.30

Opening Hours Hours:

Spring Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 30.09.06: 10.00 - 17.00 

Summer Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 30.09.06: 10.00 - 17.00 

Autumn Opening Times:
1.04.06 - 30.09.06: 10.00 - 17.00

Winter Opening Times:
Further Information:
Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Full details are available from Cadw Site Operations Unit, tel. 01443 336000. Last admission to all sites is thirty minutes before closing.

Facilities for the Disabled Facilities for the Disabled:

The grounds are level and laid to grass, but the path to the entrance has a steep gradient and a rough surface. There are information panels.

There is a car park at the castle.

The toilets on site do not include a disabled toilet and there are none in the vicinity.

Disabled visitors and their assisting companion will be admitted free of charge to all monuments. Please note that, for health reasons, dogs are not allowed on Cadw sites, but guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf are welcome.

Rhuddlan Castle


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