High street shopping in Ruthin
PUBLISHED: 14:06 11 October 2011 | UPDATED: 14:26 22 February 2014
Ruthin has a wide variety of lovely shops to keep both locals and visitors happy WORDS BY POLLY BERKELEY PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID BILLINGTON
If you want a lovely shopping experience in a truly picturesque location, take a trip to medieval Ruthin.
You can indulge all your retail senses in a town filled with independent retailers selling a wide range of goodies. Its just great for hunting out beauty and fragrance, fashion, soft furnishings, gifts, outdoor equipment, stationery and art equipment.
St Peters Square is the hub from which to explore the quaint streets filled with historic buildings like the local Nat West Bank, the former 1401 court house built just after the town was razed during the Owain Glyndr rebellion. There are even the remains of the gibbet, last used to execute a Catholic priest in 1679, behind the building. Another place of interest is the Myddelton Arms, known as the Eyes of Ruthin because of the arrangement of windows in the roof.
Linger a while at cafes and tea rooms with everything homemade and brand name free. Stock up on Welsh delicacies from the local deli, organic shops, butchers and sweet shops before getting your white goods or DIY essentials from the larger stores at Lon Parcwr.
This new Craft Centre opened in July 2008 in a 4.3 million scheme which contains six workshops, larger galleries and an expanded craft retail gallery, two residency studios, an education space and a tourist information centre, as well as a restaurant.
Add hairdressers, therapists bars and restaurants and the kind of helpful, friendly service you can only get from small independent businesses and Ruthin is definitely the place to be on a lovely autumnal day.
The Road to Ruthin
Where is it? Located around a hill in the southern part of the Vale of Clwyd - the older part of the town, the castle and Saint Peters Square are located on top of the hill, while many newer parts of the town are on the floodplain of the River Clwyd. Ruthin also has villages on the outskirts of the town such as Pwllglas and Rhewl.
About Ruthin The name Ruthin comes from the Welsh words rhudd (red) and din (fort), and refers to the colour of the new red sandstone from which its castle was built between 1277 and 1284. The original name of Ruthin was actually Castell Coch yng Ngwern-fr (red castle in the sea-swamps).
In its 18th century heyday as a town on drovers routes from Wales into England, Ruthin was reputed to have a pub for every week of the year. By 2007, however, there are only eleven pubs in the town.
The first copies of the Welsh national anthem, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau, were printed in what is now the Siop Nain tea and gift shop on Well Street.
The print version of this article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Cheshire Life
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