Porth y Dŵr, 65 Clwyd Street, Ruthin, LL15 1HN
Tel: 07801 252632
How to find us:

By road from the north and east:  M6, M56 and A494, or the A55 North Wales Expressway and A525.

By road fom the Midlands and south: M54 and A5, A542  (Horseshoe Pass), and the A525.

By rail: nearest stations at Chester,  Rhyl and Wrexham

Airports: Manchester International Airport and  Liverpool John Lennon Airport                                    Ferry services: Holyhead to/from Dublin                      Public transport: national and local bus services

  Come and enjoy the best of North Wales!

In and around Ruthin

  • Take a peek into the ruins of the medieval Ruthin Castle, in the grounds of the hotel 

  • Historic Ruthin Gaol visitor attraction: discover how prisoners in the 19th century penal system endured a ‘Gruelling Experience’

  • Visit Nantclwyd y Dre, Castle Street: Wales’ oldest dated timber townhouse, with rooms furnished to display the changing fashions of its seven ages

  • Ruthin Craft Centre: Wales’ foremost centre for contemporary applied arts hosts changing exhibitions, talks, events and workshops

  • Genealogy and local history: search out your past at Denbighshire Archives

  • Walking, cycling and mountain biking: open tracks and trails suitable for beginner to extreme throughout the area

  • Festivals, cultural and sporting events throughout the year, including Ruthin Festival, Denbigh Plum Festival, Mold Food Festival, Helfa Gelf Art Trail, Open Doors Heritage Weekends, Wales Rally GB stages

Not too far

  • The Vale of Clwyd: alive with history and culture, with beautiful scenery, delightful villages, and ancient double-aisled churches

  • Denbigh: medieval walled town with substantial ruins of the 13th century castle, many fine historic buildings, and eclectic museums

  • St. Asaph: diminutive city where Britain’s smallest cathedral hosts an International Musical Festival with world-class performers each September

  • Rhuddlan: ancient town dominated by ruins of one of Edward I’s castles

  • Mynydd Hiraethog (Denbigh Moors) and Clocaenog Forest: a host of scenic easy, upland, lakeside and forest circular tracks for ramblers, dog-walking and mountain biking; archaeological trails; lake fly fishing, range of water sports, cycle tracks and hire at Llyn Brenig visitor centre; downhill forest mountain bike tracks; Wales Rally GB forest special stages held locally  

  • Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB: varied landscape of heather-clad uplands and gentle valleys, flourishing communities and reminders of Wales’ agricultural and industrial past; Moel Famau and Loggerheads Country Parks; panoramic Horseshoe Pass crossing Llantysilio Mountain to the Dee Valley, Llangollen, Corwen and Chirk Castle (National Trust)

  • Llangollen: bustling riverside town home of the world-famous International Musical Eisteddfod each July; white water sports, horse-drawn canal boat rides, terminus of the standard-gauge Llangollen Heritage Steam Railway; Regency-period home of the celebrated Ladies of Llangollen at Plas Newydd

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site: 11 miles of canal and riverside walks and heritage sites, visitor centre and aqueduct barge trips from Trevor Basin or Cefn Mawr Country Park

  • North Wales coast: safe sandy beaches, some with lifeguard provision during the season, dog-friendly areas, family activities and attractions

  • Rhyl: seaside resort with SC2 Waterpark and TAG Active, SeaQuarium, harbour, children’s outdoor pool, Marine Lake for water sports and miniature railway, Marsh Tracks road bike and BMX centre; Pavilion Theatre, Vue cinema with 3D screen; 2-day Rhyl Air Show every August 

  • Prestatyn: busy town with several beaches, Blue Flag Central Beach, Nova Centre pool and soft play, outdoor play areas, Ffrith Beach, 10-pin bowling

  • Gronant Dunes Site of Special Scientific Interest with walkways and wildlife viewing platforms, expansive sands and Point of Ayr lighthouse at Talacre

  • Dee Estuary: wildlife haven, Greenfield Valley Park, Basingwerk Abbey, St Winefred’s Holy Well, Flint Castle, to the outskirts of Chester

  • Sports and activities: fishing, golf, footgolf, go karting, sailing, kite surfing, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, canyoning, mountain biking and much more

  • Castles galore! And historic houses, visitor attractions, gardens, craft workshops, spectacular scenery, gourmet local food . . . you’ll find something for everyone here in North East Wales

Within easy reach

  • Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and area: beaches and beach activities, long promenades and Victorian pier for strolling, Marine Drive toll road, Great Orme tramway and cable car, dry ski slope and toboggan run, Bronze Age copper mine visitor attraction; Eirias Park leisure park and events arena; Welsh Mountain Zoo; theatres, museums and galleries

  • The walled towns and castles of Conwy, Caernarfon, Harlech and Beaumaris: the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in Europe built by Edward I form a UNESCO World Heritage Site across Gwynedd and Anglesey

  • Snowdonia National Park: breath-taking scenery from coast to lake to mountain-top, with plenty of space for wild adventure or quiet contemplation, and everything in between; enticing towns and villages; industrial heritage; castles, stately homes and world-renowned gardens

  • The Great Little Trains of Wales: eleven narrow gauge heritage railways, many in North Wales, carry passengers to the top of Snowdon, through magical valleys and along lake and sea shores, with two lines connecting to provide an unbroken 40 mile steam train experience

  • North Wales - the Adventure Capital of Britain: some of the most unique and exciting adrenalin-filled activities – raft white-water rapids at Treweryn; take an exhilarating RIB ride on the Menai Straits; surf the wave on a 300m fresh water lagoon at Adventure Parc Snowdonia; visit Zipworld for tree top rope adventures, giant subterranean caverns to scramble and bounce through, and the longest, fastest and scariest zip wires . . .

Across the border

  • Chester: Roman and medieval walled city with quirky streets of half-timbered buildings and famous two-tiered Rows; the world’s oldest racecourse; the UK’s leading zoo; sightseeing tours, river cruises, guided walking tours; a shopaholics’ paradise!

  • Ellesmere Port and area: National Waterways Museum, Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet      

Porth y Dŵr
65 Clwyd Street
LL15 1HN