Ruthin Gaol

Ruthin Gaol are the winners of a Visit Wales Hidden Gem award in 2023.

Opening times

  • Open Wednesday to Monday. Closed Tuesdays
  • 23 March to 30 September 2024
  • 10:30am to 5pm
  • Last entry 4pm

Price list

If you pay full price to enter either Ruthin Gaol or Nantclwyd y Dre, you can get 20% off admission to the other site if you show your receipt. This is valid for the whole season.

  • Adult: £9.00
  • Children 5 to 16 years old: £7.00
  • Children under 5 years old: free
  • Family ticket - 2 adults and up to 3 children: £25.00
  • Family ticket - 1 adult and up to 3 children: £16.00
  • Group rate - minimum number 15: £7.50 per person (£50 additional fee during closed season)
  • School group: £5.00 per child (£50 additional fee during closed season)
  • 1 carer accompanying a disabled visitor: free

Contact us

Clwyd Street
LL15 1HP

For all enquires please call 01824 708281 or email us at

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About Ruthin Gaol

Ruthin gaol is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction. People can spend time exploring its nooks and crannies and 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. Find out about the Welsh Houdini and William Hughes who was the last man to be hanged there.

Dog friendly logoDogs are welcome at this site.

We’ve signed the Kids in Museums Manifesto logo

We’ve signed up for the Kids in Museums Maifesto which means our site is child friendly.

Quality Assured logoHidden Gem 2023 award

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