Ranked #1 of 4 Cultural in Rhyl
Bodelwyddan Castle dates from the 15th century, although the building was remodelled extensively in the 19th century in the...
Bodelwyddan Castle dates from the 15th century, although the building was remodelled extensively in the 19th century in the Gothic Revival style. Bodelwyddan Castle is a long term partner of the National Portrait Gallery, with artworks also from the V&A and Royal Academy. It has been lavishly restored to create a fine, 19th Century, country house setting for displaying portraits, sculpture, decorative arts and furniture from the period.Recent improvements include dedicated special exhibitions galleries and several family-friendly, hands-on rooms to explore portraiture, Victorian inventions and amusements and the story of Lowther College, the school in the castle.Set in 260 acres of grounds, the deer park is a safe, open space ideal for walking or playing games; the old walled garden is a tranquil sun-trap; and the historic woodland and orchard are a great place to walk and enjoy the wild flowers. Also in the grounds are the unique remains of World War 1 practice trenches, dating from when Bodelwyddan Castle was used as a training camp to prepare new recruits for trench warfare.New for this year is the superb Rabbit Wood Play Area (with activities for older as well as pre-school children) and an extended cafe with a new menu.