Self-catering holidays in Ruthin offer visitors the chance to experience life in one of Wales’ most atmospheric towns, surrounded by glorious scenery. Ruthin is the county town of Denbighshire in North Wales. It lies on a dramatic hill in the Vale of Clwyd with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Ruthin is home to fine historic architecture, including a magnificent 13th-century castle, perched on a red sandstone ridge overlooking the valley. Take a wander into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Ruthin and you will discover a unique community with centuries of history on display in its striking landmarks. Ruthin’s maze of narrow streets is packed with independent shops and many of the region’s best cafes and restaurants, where you can enjoy great food prepared with fresh ingredients from the Denbighshire countryside. For a pint of local ale, pop into one of the town’s cosy pubs, such as the Feathers or Farmers Arms. Do not miss the craft centre, home to 10 studios, where you can watch glass-blowing, furniture restoration and ceramic manufacturing.

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One of two wonderfully refurbished farm cottages near the rural village of Clawddnewydd, Clwyd, Maes makes an ideal holiday base for large families and groups in North Wales, a large pet-friendly cottage with shared games room, hot tub, sauna, and five stylish bedrooms each with TVs and en-suite.

Ruthin is home to some of Wales’ best examples of black and white, half-timbered architecture, such as Nantclwyd House in Castle Street, a beautiful townhouse built in 1435 by a local merchant. St Peter’s Church, the Old County Gaol and Pendref Chapel are all worth tracking down. Take a wander in Cae Ddol, a lovely park with river and lakeside walks and a brilliant children’s play area.

Ruthin holiday cottages are perfectly located for exploring Denbighshire, where green rolling hills are scattered with stately homes and castles. The county also has a spectacular coast with secret rocky coves, sweeping sandy bays and lovely resorts such as Prestatyn and Rhyl. Snowdonia National Park is just 25 miles to the west while the English border is a scenic 40-minute drive eastward.