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Memories of Ruthin

“Memory is the diary we all carry about with us.” - Oscar Wilde

Memories of Ruthin Castle is a compilation of memories from The Castle from 1274 to present day. Ruthin Castle would like to hear stories about how The Castle has touched your lives and also your ancestors.

The original stone walls were constructed around 1277 and parts still stand in the grounds of the current Castle which was built in 1826 as a family home. Famously the Cornwallis-West family resided in The Castle, and hosted members of Royalty such as Edward VII and many of the social glitterati including Lilly Langtree and Lady Randolf Churchill.

In 1923, The Castle was converted into a Private Hospital for the scientific investigation and treatment of illness, and for the maintenance of health in those who had no disease. In 1962 the hospital closed and the building was re-opened as Ruthin Castle Hotel, with luxury bedrooms, weddings, dining and the home of the world famous Medieval Feasts.

We are very interested to meet and hear from people that have memories related to The Castle as a hotel and also stories from previous generations when The Castle was a home and a hospital.

If you have thoughts, memories or photographs to share, contact us on 01824 702664 or by email at

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