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Ruthin Gaol

Ruthin Gaol

Ruthin Gaol
  • Visit Wales VAQAS

Museum, £3-£4




01824 708281


46 Clwyd Street,
LL15 1HP


Explore Ruthin Gaol - one of North Wales' most fascinating buildings. From 1654 to 1916 thousands of prisoners - men, women and children, innocent and guilty passed through its gates. Now it's your turn!

Find out what prison life in the 19th Century was really like:
- visit the 'Pentoville' cell block
- see how the prisoners lived their daily lives: what they ate, how they worked and the punishment they suffered
- explore the cells - including the punishment, dark and condemned cell
- find out about the 'Welsh Houdini' and William Hughes - the last person hanged at the Goal
- learn about how how the prison worked - its ingenious Victorian heating, ventilation and communication systems, the kitchen, bread ovens and well and spy-holes
- bring yourself up to date - from wartime munitions factory to its present imaginative conversion

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessGuided tours for groups

Opening Details

Open all the time

Open from April-September. Open 6 days a week (closed on Tuesday).


Adult - £4
Senior/student/child - £3
Child 5 years and under - FREE
Family (any 4, min 1 child) - £11
Guide book - £1
Audio guide - £1
Out of hours/ season opening up charge - £30



See location of Ruthin Gaol on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SJ 121582  Lat: 53.11372 Long: -3.31467

Located on Clwyd Street in Ruthin, just off the A525.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups

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