Ruthin, Denbighshire, LL15 2NU (view map)
The original castle was built in 1277 for King Edward I of England by Dafydd, brother of Prince Llewelyn ap Gruffydd, in return for his treacherous help during the invasion of North Wales that year. It was originally known as ‘Castell Coch yn yr Gwernfor’ or The Red Castle in the Great Marsh.
In 1282 however Dafydd succeeded his brother as Prince and Wales and raised a rebellion against Edward. He was captured, found guilty of treason and hanged, drawn and quartered. The castle passed to Reginald de Grey and the Grey family remained at Ruthin until 1508 when it was sold to King Henry VII. It passed to Henry VIII and Edward VI and then to Lady Jane Grey, ‘the Nine Days’ Queen’. The castle then passed to Mary I, Elizabeth I, James I and finally, Charles I who sold the estate to Sir Thomas Myddleton of Chirk.
After an eleven week siege during the English Civil War, the castle fell to the Parliamentarians in 1648 and the castle walls were torn down. Many of the houses in Ruthin have stones from the castle walls.
During the 19th century the castle was extensively rebuilt and at the turn of the 20th century was the home of the Cornwallis-West family. Ruthin became embroiled in scandal when Colonel Cornwallis-West’s wife Patsy began a long love affair with Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). The height of Edwardian society was regularly entertained at Ruthin.
In the 1920s the castle was sold and in the 1960s was converted into a hotel. It again played host to royalty when HRH the Prince of Wales stayed there on his way to his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969.
Today the castle is set in beautiful parkland and offers fine dining, a luxurious spa and stylish bedrooms. There are two magnificent lounges, an oak panelled entrance hall and a bar in the library.
Dine in the award winning restaurant or join the merriment of Wales’s original medieval banquet. Enjoy a relaxing stay in a truly stunning setting.