Nant Clwyd y Dre
Nant Clwyd y Dre, Ruthin


As a visitor at Plas Efenechtyd cottage, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to visiting historical sites. From “The Gruelling Experience” of Ruthin Gaol to one of the world’s greatest medieval castles at Caernarfon, you won’t be disappointed.

There is evidence of Celtic and later Roman settlements in the Ruthin area. However, little is known of the history of the town before construction of Ruthin Castle started in 1277.

In Ruthin a visit to Nant Clwyd y Dre is  a must. It’s the oldest timbered town house in Wales and has recently been restored with 7 rooms each showing a different period from 1435 to 1942.

In Ruthin Gaol you can learn about life in the Victorian prison system. See how the prisoners lived their daily lives: what they ate, how they worked, and the punishments they suffered. Explore the cells including the punishment, ‘dark’ and condemned cell.

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A short drive away

There are just too many ancient sites for us to list here but within easy reach are:

Going further afield but all within one hour’s easy driving through gorgeous scenery are three of the great medieval castles built by Edward I:


CADW, the Welsh Historic Trust, says of Conwy “Conwy is by any standards one of the great fortresses of medieval Europe”.

One of the most imposing castles in Wales and a World Heritage Site. Worth a visit just for the views across to Anglesey alone.

Perched on a rock with stunning views of Snowdonia in one direction and the sea in the other. Harlech was one of five buildings chosen by Dan Cruickshank for the 2006 BBC television series Britain’s Best Buildings.

Go to www.cadw.wales.gov.uk for details of most of these fabulous sites