Rhuddlan Castle - Castles of Wales

Rhuddlan Castle - Castles of Wales

Visit Rhuddlan Castle and Get Your Cadw Explorer Pass to Visit 20 Historic Monuments in Wales

Your key to unlock Wales' greatest castles, in one ticket!

The Castles of Wales Explorer Pass offers the freedom to explore all of Cadw's historic attractions and help you get the most out of your visit to Wales. 

  • Entry to 20 Welsh castles and attractions (see additional info for full list)
  • Visit as many castle as you want
  • Choice of either the 3 day pass or 7 day pass (the 3 day pass gives you 3 days of entrance and is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of entrance, valid for 14 days)
  • Save lots of money!

Book your Castle of Wales Explorer Pass by tapping 'Book' on this page. Once booked, your pass will be sent to you by email. Show this pass upon entry to all attractions either on your device or print if you prefer.

A castle on the coast

You'll be impressed by the diamond-shaped layout of the beautiful Rhuddlan Castle in Denbighshire. It took five years to build this stunning fortress after the first Welsh War.

We can guarantee your mouth will drop open as you become obsessed with the view from the tops of the castle walls. Climb up the spiral staircases to discover a truly gorgeous panorama of the Welsh countryside.

You'll no doubt see the geese and swans as they glide along the River Clwyd. 

Did you know King Edward actually diverted the river to make way for Rhuddlan Castle? He recruited hundreds of ditch-diggers to extend and divert the Clwyd's path as he wanted the building to be safe. Actually, quite a few of his castles were built on the coast for this very reason.

The kids will love running around and enjoying their time in the sun while they inspect all the nooks and crannies of the castle.

The perfect spot

Get lost in your imagination as you picture a ship's hull coming up the river and the English troops arriving at the castle, as Edward I continued his ruthless campaign against the Welsh.

Hear the sound of the Welsh flag now fluttering in the wind from one of the turrets as you walk in between the castle walls. This ancient building was designed by the architect James of St George back in 1277.

Why not bring a picnic and settle down on the grass surrounded by the old castle ruins? Rhuddlan Castle was the first place to be built with the revolutionary concentric walls - some might call it ‘walls within walls’.

Keep the adventure going

If you want to continue exploring, Twthill is just an eight-minute stroll away, with great views of the river and the Clwydian hills.

Feel the peace and quiet in this very historically important area. Its location is at the ancient crossing of the River Clwyd and this is the spot where Rhuddlan's first castle was built.

Listen to the water splashing over the stones as you reach the massive earthen motte where the castle once stood. Above the River Clwyd, the medieval castle was constructed in 1073 by Robert of Rhuddlan before it was replaced by Rhuddlan Castle.

We know you'll enjoy a day out discovering Welsh history in a beautiful setting. Don't forget to take lots of pictures to remember your magical time here.

What other Cadw attractions can I visit with the Castles of Wales Pass? 

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  • Free parking
  • Café

People also ask:

Castles of Wales Explorer 3-day pass and 7-day pass explained:

  • The 3 day pass gives you 3 days of free entrance, that is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of free entrance, valid for 14 days.
  • The passes have been designed to be flexible and suit families and tourists spending one or two week weeks in Wales.

How much money will I save with the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass?

  • The more castles you see the more you'll save. 
  • Entry to the Castles of Wales can be anywhere between £8-£15 (approx) each, so this pass is great for anyone wishing to visit a bunch castes on their visit to Wales. 
  • You can visit a lot of castles in 1-2 weeks!

Who is the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass for?

  • Ideal for anyone looking for things to do in Wales, for anyone wanting to soak up as much Welsh culture as possible, and perfect for families on a budget!
  • Wales is often referred to as the "Castle Capital of the World" and has more castles per square mile than any other country, so this pass is also great for any tourists coming to Wales too!

What does Cadw mean?

  • Cadw [cad-oo] is the Welsh word for 'castle' or 'keep' 

What are the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass family tickets?

  • 2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What Cadw attractions are included in the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass? 

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Cilgerran Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Denbigh Castle 
  • Harlech Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
  • Weobley Castle

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