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Bodelwyddan Castle

Voted the most haunted place in Wales, Bodelwyddan Castle in North Wales is popular among both the living and the dead. The 500-year-old castle is a partner of the National Portrait Gallery and its many rooms and corridors are filled with rare artworks, while there's also plenty to entertain the kids for a family-friendly day out.

Bodelwyddan Castle was built in the 15th century by the Humphreys family as a manor house, but was transformed by Sir John Williams in the late 18th Century into a grand gothic castle. During the First World War, the British Army used it as a base and the trenches used for training remain in the grounds. After the war Bodelwyddan Castle became a boarding school. Since 1982 the property has been restored to its 19th century peak and can now be viewed in all its Victorian glory.

Visitors today can take a guided tour of the castle's many historic features and delightful gothic architectural touches, while exploring impressive art collections dotted throughout. Children can enjoy dressing up in Victorian clothes or taking on games and quizzes. Outdoors, Bodelwyddan Castle's large grounds feature a maze, fruit orchard, woodland walk and adventure playground.

The spooky side of Bodelwyddan Castle is also worth exploring on one of its many evening ghost tours, held on various dates throughout the year. A skeleton discovered here 200 years ago remains buried upstairs, and sightings of the castle's previous occupants are common.

Bodelwyddan Castle, located close to the North Wales Expressway, is a 15-minute drive from Rhyl.


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The Kinmel Arms

The Kinmel Arms

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Situated in Abergele, this luxury inn is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Bodelwyddan Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of The Palace Fun Centre and Rhyl Tourist Information Centre. Children's Village and Rhyl Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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Located in Llannefydd, this luxury bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bodelwyddan Castle, The Palace Fun Centre, and Rhyl Tourist Information Centre. Children's Village and Rhyl Beach are also within 12 mi (20 km).

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Tan-Yr-Onnen Guest House

Tan-Yr-Onnen Guest House

Tan-yr-Onnen, Saint Asaph
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Situated in a rural location, this luxury guesthouse is within 9 mi (15 km) of Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl Beach, and Prestatyn Beach. Talacre Lighthouse and Deva Stadium are also within 32 mi (52 km).

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Berwyn Guest House

Berwyn Guest House

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2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Denbighshire, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of The Palace Fun Centre and Rhyl Tourist Information Centre. SeaQuarium Rhyl and Rhyl Beach are also within 15 minutes.

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Pier Hotel Rhyl

Pier Hotel Rhyl

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Situated near the beach, this hotel is steps from SeaQuarium Rhyl and Rhyl Beach. Rhyl Tourist Information Centre and Children's Village are also within 10 minutes.

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Roseview B & B

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Situated in Denbighshire, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of SeaQuarium Rhyl and Rhyl Beach. Rhyl Tourist Information Centre and Children's Village are also within 15 minutes.

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Black Lion Hotel

Black Lion Hotel

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Bach y Graig

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