Happy Monday! As many of you will know, last week I went on a little trip with my family to North Wales. We stayed in a town on the coast called Prestatyn, which is a lovley place that I also visited when I was a child so I have lots of fond memories of the area. Over the next few days, I'm going to share with you all several photo diaries of the places we visited during our holiday, and I hope you enjoy them. Today's post is all about an awesome castle ruins we visited on the third day of our trip :)
Rhuddlan Castle is absolutely gorgeous! I was in awe as I walked around the ruins and explored up the stairs to the top of what once used to be towers. I'd just watched the Game of Thrones Season 6 finale on the morning that we set off on our trip so it was fresh in my mind and I have to admit that I couldn't stop picturing scenes from the show as I wandered around the site. I remember that when I was standing on a raised area of the castle, looking out across the beautiful Denbighshire countryside, I was imagining I was Sansa looking across the lands of her ancestors from the top of Winterfell. Yes, I'm a big GoT nerd and I am not ashamed! :) Historical sites like this one always send me into a little world of my own. I walked around imagining what each area of the castle would have looked like in it's prime, filled with people and artifacts of the time. I always get lost in my day dreaming, to the point that my family were trying to shout me to tell me they'd found a mole running around inside the grounds of the castle, but I was in a world of my own so I missed the opportunity to see the little cutie!
Rhuddlan castle was built in 1277 by James of Saint George under King Edward the First and is now governed by Cadw, which is the historic environment service of the Welsh Government that protect and preserve historical heritage sites across the country. They host several events at the castle every year, such as the 'Festival of Archaeology'. It's an awesome piece of architecture and I'm really happy that I got the chance to visit it. Read more about the castle's history here. The lovely field of metal flowers you can see on the last photograph are part of a campaign called the 'Flower Power Appeal'. There are 1,000 of these colourful flowers on site that can be purchased to raise money for the St Kentigern Hospice, which is such a lovely idea. I wish I'd have known this when I was there as I would have bought one. I did purchase a few postcards at the gift shop in the entrance to the castle though. The admission to the castle was £3.50 each and we were given a key to gain access to the gate at the top of the main tower, so that we could stand on the top of the castle and look out over the amazing surroundings. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Rhuddlan Castle!
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I hope you all enjoyed this post! I'll have another for you up tomorrow :)
Have you ever been to Wales? Have you been to visit a castle whilst you were there?
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