History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Robert of Rhuddlan was a former squire at the court of Edward the Confessor, who rose to gain control over all of north Wales beyond the River Clwyd.
Robert established a small borough beside the castle and established a mint. Citizens of Robert's borough had special privileges in law.
The original defences were very simple, probably no more than a wooden palisade. Sometime in the 13th century, at least some of the structures atop the motte were rebuilt in stone. Throughout the 12th and 13th centuries, the castle was besieged and captured several times by both the Welsh and English.
In the early 1280s, the 'new' Rhuddlan Castle was built a short distance northwest along the river, and Twthill fell into disuse. The remnants of the outer bailey can be seen in the fields below the motte. Twthill is sometimes known as Old Rhuddlan Castle.
The site is in the care of Cadw, and is freely accessible, via a footpath south of Rhuddlan Castle.
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About Twthill Castle
Address: Castle Street, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, Wales
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: On the A525, on the hill above Castle Street in Rhuddlan
Website: Twthill Castle
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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