The attractive market town of Ruthin makes a great base to explore the gentle Vale of Clwyd hills and the Area of Natural Beauty AONB that surround. It is notable for its half-timbered buildings and higgledy-piggledy Nantclwyd y Dre, which dates back partly from 1435. A red sandstone castle stands on the edge of town and Ruthin Gaol, winner of Visit Wales Hidden Gem Award in 2016, 2017 and 2018, offers a unique portal into life in the Victorian prison system. Ruthin is the perfect place for escaping to the valleys and exploring North Wales; the castles, the National Trust properties and gardens, the steam railways, Snowdonia, the stunning coastline and cultural coastal towns. The ‘Rough Guide’ selected Ruthin as one of the ‘6 must-visit places in Wales that you have probably never heard of’ and we definitely agree!