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Rhuddlan Castle is a castle that is located in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire which is in Wales.

Rhuddlan Castle is a castle that is located in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire which is in Wales.

Overview of Rhuddlan Castle

• It was erected by Edward I in 1277 following the First Welsh War.
• Rhuddlan was planned as a concentric castle.
• It has a unique ‘diamond’ in layout.
• The gatehouses are positioned at the corners of the square baileys instead of along the sides like at Flint, Harlech or Beaumaris.
• The inner ward has defensive walls with twin-tower gatehouses.
• The outer ward is surrounded by a curtain wall that has small towers and turrets.
• The castle also had a dry moat to improve defense on its landward side.
• Within the inner ward there was a great hall, kitchens, private apartments and a chapel.
• The outer bailey had a granary, stables and a smithy.
• Rhuddlan, which was not completed until 1282, was built concurrently with Flint Castle.
• Rhuddlan is next to the River Clwyd.
• The river course was straightened and dredged to allow ships to sail inland along a man-made channel.
• Its purpose was to allow provisions and troops to reach the castle.
• The story of Rhuddlan goes back much further than the fortress built by Edward I.
• It goes to prior to the Norman occupation of lower Gwynedd, Rhuddlan was at the heart of a Welsh cantre.
• Rhuddlan was fought over by the Princes of Gwynedd and the Earls of Chester.
• Work on Rhuddlan Castle began immediately under the control of Master Bertram, a Gascon engineer.
• Rhuddlan Castle was again garrisoned by Royalist troops during the English Civil War.
• It was taken by Parliamentary forces after a siege in 1646.
• The fortress was then partially demolished with gunpowder to prevent any further use in 1648.
• Today Rhuddlan Castle is managed by Cadw.
• This is a Welsh-government body with the mission to protect, conserve and promote the building heritage of Wales.
• Neighbours are Caernarfon and Conwy.
• Rhuddlan’s massive twin-towered Gatehouse immediately catches the eye.
• The most impressive engineering achievement of the castle builders can be seen alongside the fortress.
• Edward’s fortress stands close to another castle, the earlier Norman stronghold known as Twthill.
• Access: – Rhuddlan via A525 or A547.

Opening Hours of Rhuddlan Castle

• Last admission half an hour before closing
• Summer: – 31st March to 31st October 10.00 – 17.00.
• Winter: – Closed.

Contact and Admission Information
• Telephone: – +44 1745 590777
• Admission Charge: – Adults £3.20, Reduced rate £2.80.
• Family Ticket: – £9.20 – admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years.
• Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.

Other Attractions

• Ardress House
• The Argory
• Bellaghy Bawn
• Castle Coole
• Castle Ward
• Downhill Mussenden Temple
• Florence Court
• Mount Stewart
• Palace Demesne
• Penrhyn Castle
• Plas Newydd Anglesey
• Plas Newydd Llangollen
• Springhill
• John Knox House

North wales Attractions

• Beaumaris – at the eastern tip of Anglesey.
• Caernarfon – planned seat of Edward I’s power in Wales. Located in the town of Caernarfon.
• Castell y Bere – Last stronghold of the Welsh Princes, and their most impressive fortress and located in Bro Dysynni.
• Chirk – Built in 1295 and a National Trust Property and is located in the Wrexham County.
• Conwy – built by Edward I to control the stategically significant town and river of the same name.
• Criccieth – Welsh built castle near the eastern end of the Lleyn Peninsula.
• Dinas Bran – atmospheric ruin on a hilltop near Llangollen.
• Dolbadarn – Welsh built castle situated between Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn lakes, close to the town of Llanberis.
• Dolwyddelan – Welsh castle, in the village of the same name on the main A470 road between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau.
• Ffestiniog: Reputed birthplace of Prince Llywelyn the Great. The Disney film Dragonslayer was filmed here.
• Flint – Edward I’s first castle in Wales, in the far north-east close to the English border in Flintshire.
• Harlech – Another of Edward I’s “ring of steel”. Looks menacingly across Tremadog Bay at Criccieth Castle.
• Rhuddlan – in the small town of the same name, south of Rhyl.

Stately Homes
• Plas Newydd – National trust property located in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales.
• Erddig Hall – National Trust property located on the outskirts of Wrexham.

Heritage Railways
Standard gauge
• Llangollen Railway
Narrow gauge
• Bala Lake Railway
• Corris Railway, near Machynlleth
• Ffestiniog Railway, runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog
• Llanberis Lake Railway
• Snowdon Mountain Railway runs from Llanberis all the way to the summit of Mount Snowdon
• Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn
• Welsh Highland Railway

Miniature Railways
• Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-Coed
• Fairbourne Railway, south of Barmouth
• Rhyl Miniature Railway- The oldest miniature railway still running in the UK
• Gypsy Wood Park, Caernarfon – UK’s largest miniature G Scale garden railway

Things to do

• Sea Kayaking
• Rock Abseiling
• Cliff Jumping
• Sea Level Traversing
• Gorge Scrambling
• Mountain Horse Riding
• Indoor Karting, Caernarfon

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London.
• The attractions are mostly open all year round.
• July and August are the height of summer.
• These would also be the most expensive months.
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In the height of summer it is light until 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

Rhuddlan via A525 or A547
To reach Northern Wales, Borderlands
1. By Road
• North Wales Borderlands is within easy reach of the national motorway network.
• It is well served by main roads including the A55 Expressway and the A5 London to Holyhead route.
• Many of our towns are served by National Express Coaches.

2. By Rail
• North Wales Borderlands is served by a great rail network.
• There are links from London, Holyhead, Chester and Manchester.

3. By Air
• Both Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are less than an hour’s drive from North Wales Borderlands.
• Both airports offer good public transport links to towns within the region.

Some Travel Books That will Help You

Lonely Planet Wales Wales Road Map AZ Frommer’s England and the Best of Wales 2012

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