Top things to do in Ruthin

Top Choice Modern British in Ruthin

On the Hill

The low ceilings and exposed beams of this 16th-century house near the square make a memorable setting for sophisticated country cooking. Meaty plates such as the Welsh pork trio (crispy belly, bacon-wrapped loin an…
Historic Building in Ruthin

Nantclwyd y Dre

Dating from 1435, half-timbered Nantclwyd y Dre is thought to be the oldest town house in Wales. It originally belonged to a family of weavers and it retains a palpable sense of antiquity. The rooms have been restor…
Arts Centre in Ruthin

Ruthin Craft Centre

This is an excellent gallery and arts hub. Aside from the three galleries – which do great work bringing the best of local photography, painting and sculpture to light, and show many pieces for sale – the complex in…
Historic Building in Ruthin

Ruthin Gaol

This sombre building is the only Pentonville-style Victorian prison in Britain that's open to visitors. A free audio guide allows you to follow the sentence of an imaginary prisoner, while information panels in the …
Gastropub in Ruthin

The Myddelton on the Square

Occupying a wonderful Tudor building on the main square – known as 'the Seven Eyes', for its multiple dormer windows – this grill-focused bistro/bar name checks 16th-century owner Sir Hugh Myddelton, the entrepreneu…
Deli in Ruthin


Run by a Welsh-German couple, this drool-inducing deli offers an abundance of local cheeses, free-range eggs, preserves, spirits and top-notch pies (its chicken, leek and laverbread was champion of the 2011 British …
Books in Ruthin

Ruthin Book Shop

A lovely old-school book shop – just the place for maps, local history and antiquarian tomes. Generally closes for half an hour around lunchtime.