Bodelwyddan Castle boasts more than 500 years of history and was once a family home to the Baronets of Bodelwyddan. It has been restored to the height of its Victorian splendour and nowadays has nine rooms full of exhibitions to discover, including collections from the V&A Museum and Royal Academy of Arts. These exhibitions sit alongside original works and features that can trace their roots back over 300 years.
You can explore all of the collections on display at Bodelwyddan Castles using a free Ibod (audio visual guide) which you can pick up from the main entrance. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too with free quizzes and trails to enjoy, as well as a Victorian Toys and Games room where they can find themed toys and plenty of hands-on activities inside the historic room.
The castle is surrounded by acres of parkland and the kids’ adventure play area was recently voted one of the best in the country by The Independent. In Mini Bod’s Little Kingdom, the kids can hunt for mini beasts and bugs while the grown-ups enjoy the beautiful woodland surroundings. There’s also a café on-site for refreshments.
Bodelwyddan Castle is found in Bodelwyddan, just off of Engine Hill.
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