Rhuthun - Ruthin
Sir Ddinbych - Denbighshire
Cymru - Wales
Ruthin is a small town of just over 5,500 inhabitants, situated in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd in North Wales.
Despite the small size it is the County Town of Denbighshire and is a thriving bi-lingual community providing services and marketing for a large rural hinterland.
Ruthin and its immediate area have a rich history -
Bronze Age hill forts on the adjacent Clwydian hills
Evidence of Roman Occupation
An important medieval castle
The location of the start of Owain Glyndwr's revolt in A.D. 1400.
An ecclesiastical collegiate centre
The economic centre of the Vale for centuries
First printing of the Welsh National Anthem.
This has left an attractive legacy of fine buildings - the greatest concentration of listed properties in Wales except for Cardiff. Among these is Nantclwyd y Dre, a wonderfully restored Tudor house now open to the public. Also to visit is the ancient Gaol, (Yr Hen Garchar) with its historical perspective on crime and punishment. This building also houses the Clwyd archives, an important resource for historical research. The ruins of the original Castle, with gardens and peacocks, and the fine St. Peter's Church with associated collegiate buildings and almshouses, are also well worth a visit.
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