Rhuthin Gaol has seen record high attendances since its re-opening earlier in the year, with over 7000 attendees coming through the historic doors so far.

The Gaol reopened on April 1st after 2 years of flood renovation works took place.

Ruthin Gaol in Ruthin photographed by Ioan Said Photography as part of a tourism photography project for Visit Wales

The basement of the Gaol has now been restored, revealing the magnificence of the original brickwork, giving visitors a truly unique and atmospheric experience.

A new cell has also been developed, telling the story of the prisoners who were transported to Australia from Ruthin Gaol.

Following the record season, the Gaol will now be able to re-open its cell doors for a special Halloween event for first time in 4 years.

Running from 21st October until Saturday 4th November, the Gaol will be open every day 10:30am till 4pm (Last entry 3pm) for family friendly spooky fun, including lots of free activities for all ages.


Philippa Jones, Heritage Site Operations and Development Manager said:

“It has been amazing to have welcomed a record number of visitors to the Gaol this season, and the whole team is looking forward to re-opening our Cell doors in October for Halloween and half term fun once more.”


Councillor Emrys Wynne, Lead Member for Welsh Language, Culture & Heritage said:

“I am delighted to see that so many people have come along to support the Gaol after its reopening.

“Ruthin Gaol is the only purpose-built Pentonville style prison open to the public as a heritage attraction, and is a 17th century marvel that we are very lucky to have here in Denbighshire.”


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