After two years of flood recovery work, the historic Ruthin Gaol reopened its doors to the public on April 1st.

There have been a whole host of restorations, including a new cell, crafted to tell the story of the prisoners who were transported to Australia from Ruthin Gaol.

Held today, April 14th, an official opening event will be hosted to celebrate the re-opening.

Speeches are planned to start at 10am before the event is opened to the public at 10:30am. Staff dressed in costumes will be interacting with visitors and cupcakes will be handed out to the first 50 visitors.

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

Some of the outside spaces of the Gaol have also been developed, allowing visitors to explore more of the historic site.

The Gaol is open throughout the season, up until the 30th of September. It opens daily (Except Tuesdays) from 10:30am until 5pm, with last entry at 4pm.

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

“It is great to be officially reopening this historic building after two years of renovation work. It is an important part of the town’s rich history, and the new additions are well worth the visit”.