We trust that you’ll have a relaxing time at Annedd Goch and, when you’re ready to venture out, here are some ideas for what to do – with approximate mileage from the front gate.
Ruthin Craft Centre 4 miles
Wales's National Centre for the Applied Arts. With three galleries showing the best in national and international contemporary applied art, on-site makers' studios, café and shop.
Brookhouse Pottery, Llanrhaedr 5 miles
Riverside workshop and showroom of the celebrated potters David and Margaret Frith who also run pottery schools a couple of times a year.
Theatr Clwyd, Mold 13 miles
Performances of classical and contemporary theatre, children’s shows and some musical evenings. Performances are in the main Anthony Hopkins Theatre and the smaller studio theatre. Recently released and arthouse films are screened in the film theatre.
Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden 18 miles
Founded by the great Victorian statesman himself, this library became the national memorial to his life and work, following his death. It’s a residential library and meeting place for scholars, readers and people who want to explore ideas and pursue study and research. It has an interesting programme of courses and events – including Gladfest Literature Festival in September – and a lovely café called 'Food for Thought.'
Helfa Gelf/Art Trail (September) various local within 3 miles
North Wales’ biggest Open Studio Event takes place on every weekend in September. This free event has more than 300 participating studios and is a chance for visitors to peek behind the scenes and chat to the artists and craftspeople about their creative process. Participants include: painters, sculptors, photographers, jewellery makers, woodworkers, potters, textile workers, glass makers, basket weavers and printers.
North Wales International Music Festival (September), St Asaph 11 miles
Classical and popular works in a week-long festival.
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (early July) 20 miles
An annual cultural festival of music, dance, costume and culture attracting around 4,000 performers from around the world and as many as 50,000 visitors. Colourful and exciting performances – just great to be there! Day tickets available – evening events priced separately.
St Hychan’s Church 0.25 mile
Our local church in Llanychan was probably founded in 450AD on the site of an anchorite's cell inhabited by St Hychan himself.
St Peter’s Church, Ruthin 4 miles
The present church was built by John de Grey in 1310, following the erection of Ruthin Castle by his father, Reginald de Grey in 1277.
St Dyfnog’s Church, Llanrhaedr 5 miles
The church has a glorious Jesse window, completed in 1533.
Nant Clwyd y Dre, Ruthin 4 miles
Wales’s oldest dated timbered town house – started in 1435 and added to, updated and upgraded throughout the centuries. The house has been beautifully restored to demonstrate the changing fashions and the lives of its residents.
Ruthin Gaol 4 miles
The only purpose-built Pentonville-style prison which is open to the public as a heritage attraction.
Denbigh Castle 8 miles
Crowning a steep hill above the medieval town, the castle, along with over half a mile of town walls, is a classic fortress.
Erddig 21 miles
Atmospheric early 18th-century country house, featuring 485-hectare (1,200-acre) country park and formal walled garden. A National Trust property.
Chirk Castle 27 miles
Magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches. A National Trust property.
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct 24 miles
A jaw-dropping engineering marvel and a World Heritage Site.
The Clwydian Range 2 miles
Great walking on the chain of undulating hills which is the Clwydian range (the Offa's Dyke National Trail follows almost the entire length of the ridge). The range rises to 554m at the summit of Moel Famau which is visible from Annedd Goch. A mix of heather moorland, limestone crags, woodland and rolling farmland – Loggerheads and Moel Famau Country Parks are at the heart of the area.
Llandegla Forest 16 miles
Mountain bike trails and walks.
Llyn Brenig and Clocaenog Forest 17 miles
Llyn Brenig is one of the largest areas of inland water in Wales surrounded by forest, footpaths and cycle trails – cycle hire available. There is also a trout fishery, adventure playground and beautiful visitor centre which is open all year round and has panoramic views of the reservoir.
Golf courses at:
Denbigh 9 miles
Ruthin Pwllglas (9 holes) 6 miles
Vale of Llangollen 21 miles
Prestatyn 20 miles
Bodnant Gardens 30 miles
Spectacular, world-famous garden in the Conwy Valley noted for its botanical collections – run by the National Trust.
National white-water centre near Bala 25 miles
The home of white-water rafting and kayaking on the River Tryweryn in Snowdonia National Park. Although it’s a truly wild mountain river, the Tryweryn's water levels are dam-controlled so its rapids still thunder throughout the summer.
Surf Snowdonia, Dolgarrog in Conwy Valley 34 miles
The pioneering surf centre on a man-made lagoon in the heart of Snowdonia is great fun, whether you don a wet-suit and have a go, or just sit and watch with a cappuccino! All ages and abilities are catered for and you can hire wet-suits and boards.
Tree Top Adventure near Betws-Y-Coed 29 miles
A unique, fully equipped high ropes centre. If you fancy ‘plummeting like you’ve never plummeted before’, or having a go on Skyride – Europe’s highest 5-seater giant swing or getting the kids on the junior tree trail… this is for you. High energy fun for all the family.
Ruthin 4 miles
A small, attractive town (pop. 5,000) overlooked by the Clwydian range and the Hiraethog Moors. Boutique shops, pubs and restaurants and an art trail exploring the history and culture of the town.
Denbigh 8 miles
A small market town dominated by the castle on the hill.
Llangollen 20 miles
Nestling alongside the River Dee, Llangollen comes to life during the International Eisteddfod in July each year (see above). Lots of independent shops and restaurants. Other local places of interest are: Vale Crucis Abbey, Dinas Bran Castle, Plas Newydd, (the home of the Ladies of Llangollen) the steam train, the horse-drawn canal boats or a trip over the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
Chester 25 miles
One of the best preserved walled cities in Britain. Lots to do including: visit the Grosvenor Museum, Chester Cathedral, walk the city walls (2 miles), take a boat on the River Dee, walk in Grosvenor Park, enjoy some excellent shops including those on the medieval Rows – continuous walkways at street and first floor levels.
Llandudno 31 miles
Town on an attractive sweeping bay on the North Wales coast. The main North Shore beach is framed by two headlands – Great Orme and Little Orme. With Punch and Judy shows and donkey rides on the beach in summer, and bracing sea air along the Prom in winter, it’s always lively. Good shopping and great theatre and galleries too.
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