Ruthin Gaol


Ruthin gaol are the winners of a 2016 Visit Wales Hidden Gem award.   

Clwyd Street
LL15 1HP

General enquiries: 01824 708281 (April-Sept) 
Group bookings and special occasions: 01824 708218


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.

Price list
  • Adult - £5.00
  • Children aged 5 to 16 years old - £4.00
  • Children under 5 years old - free
  • Family (4 people, min one child)  - £14.00
  • Seniors (60 years +) - £4.00
  • Students - £4.00  
  • Carer accompanying a disabled visitor - free
  • Young Archaeologists club - free
  • Guide book - £1.00
  • Audio guide - £1.50
Opening times

Ruthin Gaol is open during the following times:

Month Day   Opening times

March 26th

March 28th

March 30th

March 31st

10am to 5pm


April Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)   10am to 5pm
May Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)   10am to 5pm
June Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)   10am to 5pm
July Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)   10am to 5pm
August Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)   10am  to 5pm
September Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays)   10am to 5pm
October Only open during half term (24th - 29th)   10am to 5pm
November to March Closed Closed

Last admission: 4.00pm 

You can arrange a group visit during October to March by emailing us or calling 01824 708218, between 10am-3pm Monday to Friday.

Hiring this venue

You can hire Ruthin Gaol for events, parties and meetings. You will need to arrange your own catering and can use our kitchen area and fridge. This venue has space for up to 60 guests.

Events, parties and meetings

  Time   Cost
  During public visiting times   £25 per hour
  Outside of public visiting times   £25 per hour + a one off fee of £45

Exclusive hire of the sites are available, prices start from £1500, to discuss hiring this venue, please call 01824 708218.

Events in Denbighshire

View pictures of the Gaol in the album below.

Garchar Rhuthun | Ruthin Gaol

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