Ruthin Gaol

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 - £4.50
  • Children aged 5 to 16 years old - £3.50
  • Children under 5 years old - free
  • Family (4 people, min one child)  - £12.50
  • Seniors (60 years +) - £3.50
  • Students - £3.50  
  • Carer accompanying a disabled visitor - free
  • Young Archaeologists club - free
  • Guide book - £1.00
  • Audio guide - £1.50
  • Opening times

    Ruthin Gaol is open from April to September during the following times:

    Day   Opening times
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
    Saturday & Sunday
    Closed Tuesdays
      10am-5pm  (Last entry 4pm)

    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,meetings, marriages and civil ceremonies. 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   £22 per hour
      Outside of public visiting times   £22 per hour + a one off fee of £40

    Cost of hiring this venue for a Civil Ceremony  

      Day    Cost
      Monday to Thursday                       £400                                                        
      Friday, Saturday, Sunday    £500


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

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