Attractions > Rhuddlan Castle
For centuries, Rhuddlan had been a fiercely contested strategic location leading to much bloodshed.
Rhuddlan. Whats 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 Is chosen location for a mighty scary castle. The castle is rather appropriately built of red stone.
For centuries, Rhuddlan had been a fiercely contested strategic location leading to much bloodshed. Edwards muscle power triumphed long enough to build a muscle-bound symmetrical castle, showcasing the latest in walls-within-walls technology.
Built on the banks of the River Clwyd was no accident; Edward I needed access to the sea some 3 miles (4.8km) away to keep his castle supplied. Remains of a defended river gate still exist in the outer ring of the walls.
The castle also played a seminal role in Welsh history: it was here that a new system of English government was established over much of Wales by the Statute of Rhuddlan (1284) a settlement that lasted until the Act of Union in 1536. After the Civil War the castle was rendered untenable hence its present condition.
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Ask about free entry if you are 60 and over or 16 and under and live in Wales.
- Adults £3.00 Reduced Rate £2.60
- Family Ticket £8.60 (admits 2 adults & all children under 16)
- Children under 5 FREE
- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Prices valid until 31st March 2010. Assistance dogs only. No smoking.
Last admission 30 mins before closing. 1 Apr-31 Oct 09: Daily 10am-5pm At all other times this monument will be closed