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Moel Arthur Hill-fort, Ruthin

Moel Arthur Hill-fort
Built around the same time as Penycloddiau, some 2500 years ago, this site boasts some of the largest earthworks, banks and ditches in the area. Unlike Penycloddiau however, this is just a small site, encompassing only 2 hectares. Evidence has been found here of not only activity during the Iron Age, but also earlier in the bronze age. Another possible burial mound lies here, and in 1962, three copper Bronze Age flat axes were found within the ramparts. Earlier excavations also turned up Roman Pottery and flint Arrowheads.

address: Moel Arthur, Denbigshire, Ruthin

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Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin

Ruthin Craft Centre
Funded by the arts Coucil of Wales, this lovely Craft Centre comprises three vastly different art galleries. There are a great many publications that may be viewed, and an archive. The centre also lays on regular talks, events and seminars for those wishing learn how to become more creative and artistic. Residencies are provided here, and in return the artists who are given studio space, are more than happy to talk you through what they do and show you some of their work. Cafe R serves a lovely full welsh breakfast and afternoon tea.

tel: 01824 704774


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Nantclwyd y Dre, Ruthin

Nantclwyd y Dre
Open to the public as a museum, this Grade I listed building is the oldest listed timbered town house in Wales, dating back to 1435, before being updated and upgraded over the centuries. Visitors can view the bats in the attic on the ‘bat cam’, take part in a quiz, and learn about the history of the house on interactive media screens. Rooms have been laid out to show the lives of previous generations of residence, giving you a real feel for how they lived. Not only that, but pay he adult entry fee, and get 20% off admission into the old Gaol

tel: 01824 709822

address: Castle Street Ruthin LL15 1DP

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Cae Ddol Park, Ruthin

Cae Ddol Park
Just off from Ruthin High Street, you can find Cae Ddol Park opposite the old Ruthin Gaol. The area has been modified in recent years to provide excellent habitat for nesting birds, there is a trail to walk, play area for children, and also a skate park. Depending on what you prefer there are two walks marked out, the shorter walk that sticks mainly to well defined paths, and encompasses the duck pond, or the longer more off-road option, crossing through more grassy parkland.The tarmac car park is free and includes nine disabled parking bays.

address: Ruthin LL15 1HN

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Ruthin Gaol, Ruthin

Ruthin Gaol
Receiver of the Visit Wales Hidden Gem Award, this attraction is unique because it is the only Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction. Learn about life in a Victorian prison, including how inmates ate, worked, and the punishments they received. Explore the cells, and hear the tail of the Welsh Houdini. At just £5 to enter, there is so much to explore, see, read and touch, that the hours will simply fly by. A fun, slightly spooky, and educational day out for all the family.

website: go to Ruthin Gaol website

tel: 01824 708281

address: 46 Clwyd Street, Ruthin LL15 1HP

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Ruthin Castle, Ruthin

Ruthin Castle
King Edward originally gave Ruthin castle to Prince Dafydd Ap Gruffydd in 1277, which quickly became known as Castell Coch yn yr Gwernfor, the red castle in the great marsh, due to the red of it’s sandstone walls that can still be seen today. To this day you can visit, dine and sleep here, as it was turned into an extravagant hotel with 54 luxurious rooms, of an exceptional quality, even winning the Visit Wales Gold Award for it’s high standards. Enjoy 24 hour in-room dining, wifi, and complementary use of the Moat Spa’s Thermal Suite and Gym.

website: go to Ruthin Castle website

tel: 01824 702664

address: Castle Street, Ruthin LL15 2NU

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