North Wales

Ruthin Castle & North Wales

A gateway or the perfect location to explore this National Treasure. The hills are alive with the sound of exploration here in North Wales. We are more than happy to accommodate groups visiting our wonderful historic hotel.

If you are thinking of or in the midst of planning a Cycling trip, we have you covered. If you find yourself looking for a perfect location for a quiet break away and still want to get that walk in, then our doorstep is literally the first step you'll need to take.

We look forward to meeting you. 


Cycling in North Wales Enjoy Quiet Roads & Stunning Views

Ruthin Castle offers the perfect location to enjoy some of the finest rides, both on and off-road in the area. The hotel sits next to the Clwydian Range, home to a vast array of fabulous routes for road cyclists. If you wish to head further afield, both Snowdonia National Park and the iconic Horseshoe Pass near Llangollen can all be incorporated within a ride from Ruthin.

Superb mountain biking can be enjoyed at nearby Moel Famau Country Park and the Clwyd Forest. Alternatively, for those that are after a more relaxed pedal, the 14 mile Sea Front Trail is perfect - offering an easy ride and refreshment options along the route that takes in Rhyl, Prestatyn, and Rhuddlan. Cycling clubs, teams, and corporate groups have all utilised the hotel as a base for breaks, tours and conferences and we welcome future enquiries. We are a ‘cycle friendly’ hotel and provide secure storage, drying facilities and cleaning equipment for the muddiest of bikes

We have close links with Ruthin’s only bike shop who also specialise in repair.

Walking at Ruthin The Gateway to the Vale of Clwyd

The hotel is situated in the Vale of Clwyd – a walker's paradise. One of North Wales’ most visited beauty spots offers a spectacular variety of scenery and routes to be explored – from dramatic mountains to the lush rolling valleys. There is something for everyone – individuals, families and groups – whether you want a challenging hike or a short stroll.

Obvious highlights include an ascent of nearby Moel Famau for glorious views, or why not tackle a section of the historic Offa’s Dyke Path – at 177 miles, the longest ancient monument in the UK, and named by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s greatest walks. Alternatively, jump in the car, head east and take on the challenge of Snowdon – the highest peak in Wales with its range of fabulous ascent options

A selection of maps with a variety of interesting walks can be collected from Reception. Please note that stout footwear is required for all.

We specialise and frequently accommodate walking groups and tours – please contact our reservations department for details. 


Snowdonia National Park

Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, located on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse and unique landscapes. Along with being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia is home to the largest natural lake in Wales and the highest mountain in England and Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Steeped in culture and rich history, where more than half its population speak their native Welsh language.

The aim of the National Park Authority is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.

Other Places of Interest

Medieval Ruthin

Medieval Ruthin is an architectural gem. Resting at the foot of the magnificent Clwydian Range, it provides a unique shopping experience, including a great variety of shops to suit all requirements.

Distance: Walking distance from The Castle gates.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Cross the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct by canal boat or on foot if you have got a good head for heights because it’s 40 metres above the Dee Valley below.

Distance: 19miles

Offa's Dyke National Trail

Follow Offa's Dyke National Trail, which passes through the Clwydian Range on an epic 177-mile journey from Sedbury Cliffs near Chepstow to near-by Prestatyn.

Distance: 3miles to nearest location


Visit Llangollen, a delightful town where you can enjoy steam railway trips or visit the International Eisteddfod in July for its annual celebration of music and dance.

Distance: 16miles


Discover Portmeirion - Clough Williams-Ellis' private village resort - built from 1925 to 1976. The village is surrounded by 70acres of sub-tropical woodlands gardens.

Distance: 43miles


Venture up Snowdon on the Mountain Railway. Since 1896 people, regardless of age or fitness, have claimed the peak of Snowdon as one of their lifetime achievements!

Distance: 54miles


The Clwydian Range

Ruthin Castle sits adjacent to The Clwydian Range - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - just one of five in the whole of Wales.

Explore this 35 kilometre chain of heather-clad hills and limestone cliffs - discover Moel Famau - the highest point in the Range or explore Loggerheads Country Park with its stunning views of an area of wild, natural beauty.