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“If you are into Castles this is worth a visit”
Review of Rhuddlan Castle

Rhuddlan Castle
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Rhuddlan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The castle remained faithful to the Edwardian principle of seaborne access Rhuddlan. What’s in a name? ‘Rhudd’ is the old Welsh word for ‘red’ and ‘glan’ means ‘bank’. The Normans left us with ‘roe’, a word derived from the French ‘le rous’, meaning redhead. ‘Roeland’ is first mentioned in 1086 but by 1277 it was known as Rhuddlan and Edward I’s chosen location for a mighty scary castle. For centuries, Rhuddlan had been a fiercely contested strategic location leading to much bloodshed. Edward’s muscle power triumphed long enough to build a muscle-bound symmetrical castle, showcasing the latest in ‘walls-within-walls’ technology. Edward I needed access to the sea to keep his castle supplied so he diverted the River Clwyd for over 2 miles (3.5km) to provide a deep-water channel for ships. The remains of a defended river gate still exist in the outer ring of the walls.
Reviewed 20 August 2013

However, if you are looking for something to do with the family there are better attractions around.
There is free parking and you pay to get in (including a family ticket option). There is also coffee and tea here plus a little play area for younger kids. There is one toilet which includes facilities for disabled access.
There is very limited information about the castle as you walk around so it's worth buying the additional booklet if you want details. There are additional attraction leaflets available... but bizarrely these are located in the toilet.
The person at the desk was grumpy so do not expect much help or additional info.

2  Thank Paul D
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"north wales"
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"gift shop"
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"ticket office"
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"nice place to visit"
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"free parking"
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"historical information"
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"english heritage"
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

For sometime I had been thinking about visiting Edward I castles in Wales and only added Rhuddlan in as an afterthought.

I’m glad I visited it. It is an impressive castle in an imposing position offering great views around. It is a good scene-setter for the other castles.

There are modest services available but all that was necessary.

Being an English Heritage member entrance to the castle was free.

My next castle to visit was Conwy.

Thank Stewbob17
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

We had planned a three day castles trip to Wales and this was our second stop. We had bought a three day explorer pass (check at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk). Easy to find, free parking, loo and drinks available. It is an impressive structure - loads of history. It seems the children around that day were enjoying their visits, families having picnics etc. Exciting views from the top as you would imagine.

You can see everything in about an hour unless you plan to sit around and have a picnic. Mainly ruins so pleased it was a dry day.

Thank Cecil H
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

This is a great place for the children to enjoy a bit of freedom in and around the castle. There are some steep drops so they do need to be aware first!. The castle is a shell of its former self but it is still an impressive structure with a great history and views from the top viewing platform. This would be a great place for a picnic!

Thank Jono0303
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

It was a cheap trip out, we just took our time to look around and we took a picnic with us. It is literally just the shell of a castle but it was nice to look around and imagine the history of it.

Thank Manch3st3rJ0
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