Award winning heritage sites prepare for season opening!

Three of Denbighshire’s popular heritage attractions are gearing up to open their doors for the 2017 season.

Ruthin Gaol, Nantclwyd  y Dre in Ruthin and Plas Newydd in Llangollen will open to the public from 1st April and have a number of exciting family-friendly events lined up over the coming months.

The great news is that Ruthin Gaol and Nantclwyd y Dre have retained the Visit Wales Hidden Gem Award  for the second year running and Ruthin Gaol and Plas Newydd also got the thumbs up from TripAdvisor users, having achieved a  ‘Certificate of Excellence’ following a host of positive reviews from visitors in 2016.

Final preparations are now underway to ensure the venues are looking their best for the season opening. Denbighshire’s Heritage Service would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers including pupils from Ysgol Tir Morfa in Rhyl, who have helped tend the gardens at Nantclwyd y Dre and Plas Newydd throughout the winter months. Their work and commitment has been invaluable.

The first event of the year will take place at Plas Newydd on Saturday 18th March. The pre-season ‘Primrose walk’ around the grounds with the gardener costs £3 and includes a primrose to take home.

Nantclwyd y Dre will host its first event a ‘Beastly Bug Hunt’ for all the family on Monday 8th May.

Ruthin Gaol hosts ‘Captured on Camera’ on Thursday 1st June where visitors will have the opportunity to create their own ‘WANTED’ poster!  In the run up to the opening in April and to celebrate Year of Legends in Wales, the gaol is sharing stories of some of its most colourful characters via an online blog at

More information about the venues and forthcoming events can be found at:

Posted on Wednesday 15th March 2017