Rhuddlan Castle bridge and ruins

Explore Rhuddlan Castle’s Children’s Archaeology Taster Day

Rhuddlan Castle bridge and ruins

Explore Rhuddlan Castle’s Children’s Archaeology Taster Day

Worried about the kids whittling away their summer holidays in front of the television? Why not treat them to a family-friendly adventure in Wales instead? Cadw has just announced an fun-filled line-up of activities during the school break, including a children’s archaeology taster day at Rhuddlan Castle.

Alongside being educational with medieval workshops and activities, it’s a fantastic opportunity for budding explorers to practice their excavation skills. Want to learn more? Keep reading as we explain everything you need to know.

What treasures will you uncover?

Rhuddlan Castle is the cultural gem of north Wales and one of the best tourist attractions near Llandudno and Colwyn Bay. Built by Edward I in 1277, it’s been towering above the River Clwyd for centuries. The defining feature is the unique diamond-shaped layout. Architects achieved this by positioning the gatehouses at the corners of the square baileys rather than the sides.

Look closely at the battlements, and you’ll notice plenty of fascinating details. The outer ward is surrounded by a curtain wall, complete with small towers and turrets. Inside, you’ll find the ruins of the grand hall, private apartments and chapel. Although not quite as awe-inspiring as yesteryear, guests can still appreciate the awesome feat of engineering.

With so many ancient relics to sift through, the castle is the perfect place for budding archaeologists. The children’s taster day begins with mystery and intrigue as a local storyteller explains more about the fortress’s history. Afterwards, little ones are invited to participate in exciting medieval workshops and activities. The whole family will gain an insight into how local people lived in the 13th century.

Of course, we can’t forget about the main event – the digging! Children will roll up their sleeves, wield their spades and unearth hidden treasures and ancient artefacts in the sand pit. Costume characters will explain the importance of every item in this engaging, interactive learning experience.

Rhuddlan Castle

Children’s archaeology taster day FAQS

When does the event take place?

Unfortunately, this amazing archaeology session runs for one day only. Join the fun on Friday 28th July, between 11am and 3pm.

Do you have to book and pay?

You don’t need to book tickets for the event specifically, but you might need to pay an admission fee. Prices are as follows:

  • Members: Free
  • Children (under 5): Free
  • Adults: £5
  • Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £16.30
  • Disabled person and carer: Free
  • Juniors (aged 5 – 17): £3.60
  • Students: £3.60
  • Seniors (aged 65+): £4.80

Blue Light Card holders receive 10% off their admission costs. You must show your card in person on the day to qualify.

How do you get to Rhuddlan Castle?

The easiest way to find Rhuddlan Castle is via the A525 or A547 roads. Otherwise, you can travel by train on the Chester-Prestatyn or Llandudno routes or find a replacement bus service.

Address: Rhuddlan Castle, Castle St, Rhuddlan, LL18 5AD

What facilities are there?

While not as big as some of the other Cadw locations, the castle has good facilities. Refuel with light refreshments and browse the well-stocked gift shop before leaving. There’s also a fully accessible, single toilet with baby changing facilities.

Please note parking is limited and capped at 25 vehicles.

Is the venue dog-friendly?

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome outside and on ground floor. You won’t be able to take them to any of the castle’s upper areas.

Explore Cadw’s sensational summer schedule

If you can’t make the children’s archaeology taster day, there’s no need to despair. Cadw has an array of fabulous summer activities for the whole family, including medieval festivals, scavenger hunts and treasure trails. Simply browse the full calendar for more memorable holiday ideas.