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Ruthin is a small medieval market town of only a few thousand people but, as a well-known stop on the tourist trail through North Wales, there is a wide range of places to stay, from luxury hotels in picturesque surroundings, to friendly bed and breakfasts and self-catering holiday cottages.

Because of Ruthin's size, you'll be within easy walking distance of all the historic landmarks, shops and visitor attractions wherever you end up staying in the town. There's also a chance you'll enjoy a stunning view across the Vale of Clwyd from your hotel room each morning, as Ruthin sits on a hill surrounded by the beautiful Denbighshire countryside.

Hotels in Ruthin's Historic Town Centre

It's hard to go wrong in Ruthin, but if you want to guarantee yourself a good location, the heart of the town lies in and around St Peter's Square, less than a five minute walk from the 13th century Ruthin Castle. This is the main hub for eating and shopping and also has some of the best views as the highest point in town.

Four star hotels can be found here, but if you're on a budget there's plenty of friendly bed and breakfasts to choose from as well. Opting for a town centre location means you'll benefit from having Ruthin's landmarks, such as St Peter's Church and the museum at Ruthin Gaol, on your doorstep. Well Street and Clwyd Street, the town's best shopping streets, are here too.

Hotels around Denbighshire

If you'd rather be staying out in the rolling countryside of North Wales there are many hotels and holiday homes nestled among the hills surrounding Ruthin. You can find romantic places to stay in and around the Clwydian Range, a renowned hiking spot. The hills are linked to Ruthin via the Clwydian Way footpath.

The Vale of Clwyd, on which Ruthin sits, is itself dotted with charming rural retreats that can cater for couples or families alike. The area is a haven for wildlife with otters and badgers in abundance, and buzzards soaring in the skies high above.

Slightly further out of town is Clocaenog Forest, where you can find numerous bed and breakfasts surrounded by stunning woodland. Staying here would also put you within easy reach of Llyn Brenig, a large lake widely recognised as one of the best fishing spots in Wales, besides hosting water sports and a variety of children's activities.

Plan Your Visit to Ruthin

Ruthin has visitor attractions open all year round, such as the award-winning Ruthin Craft Centre, but probably the best time to book your hotel is in summer for one of the town's annual festivals celebrating its history and culture. There are often medieval-themed feasts and banquets held at Ruthin Castle, as well as garden parties with live music and dance, while the annual Ruthin Festival in July is a showcase of local music talent.