Nantclwyd y Dre, Historic House and Garden

Nantclwyd y Dre House

Become a time-traveller as you step through the seven ages of Nantclwyd y Dre, and relax in the beautifully tranquil Lord’s Garden.

Nantclwyd y Dre are the winners of a 2017, 2018 and 2023 Visit Wales Hidden Gem award.



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Opening times

  • Open Thursday to Saturday
  • 23 March to 30 September
  • 10:30am to 5pm
  • Last entry 4pm

Price list

If you pay full price to enter either Ruthin Gaol or Nantclwyd y Dre, you can get 20% off admission to the other site if you show your receipt. This is valid for the whole season.

  • Adult: £9.00
  • Children 5 to 16 years old: £7.00
  • Children under 5 years old: free
  • Family ticket - 2 adults and up to 3 children: £25.00
  • Family ticket - 1 adult and up to 3 children: £16.00
  • Group rate - minimum number 15: £7.50 per person (£50 additional fee during closed season)
  • School group: £5.00 per child (£50 additional fee during closed season)
  • 1 carer accompanying a disabled visitor: free

Visiting our gardens

Garden-only tickets are available for:

  • Adult: £4.00
  • Children 5 to 16 years old: £3.00
  • Children under 5 years old: free

Or, why not a buy a garden pass?

Garden pass

Garden Pass

The pass includes:

  • free entry to Nantclwyd y Dre gardens during 2024 opening times
  • enjoy easy access to the gardens throughout the season, including our weekly garden craft and activity sessions
  • plus 20% off admission to Nantclwyd y Dre house during opening times


  • Family (4 people including at least one child): £15
  • Adults: £10

Terms and conditions

  • The Garden Pass allows free entry into the garden during normal opening times (except during paid events)
  • The pass is valid until 30 September 2024
  • The pass is valid only to the pass-holder and cannot be transferred to another user
  • The pass can be withdrawn if found to be misused
  • Lost or damaged passes can be replaced for a fee of £1

To purchase a Garden Pass, simply call into Nantclwyd y Dre during opening hours and we will issue your pass.

About Nantclwyd y Dre

Nantclwyd y Dre offers a unique exploration of over 500 years of history, from medieval up to the 20th century. Step through the seven ages of this beautifully restored Grade I listed house as it reveals the lives of its residents. Begin your journey in 1435 and learn about how the building expanded from a weaver’s hall house, to a 17th century lawyer’s townhouse and a Victorian school for young girls. 

The Lord’s Garden is a beautifully tranquil space right in the heart of Ruthin. Bring a picnic or simply take a stroll through lush greenery, vibrant colours with backdrop views of the Clwydian Range and Ruthin Castle.

Young visitors can become “Young Explorers” with our specially designed trails and borrow bags that will help them discover more about Nantclwyd y Dre’s history and nature.

Our “bat cam” is a great opportunity to observe our special maternity roost of Lesser horseshoe, Long-eared brown and Pipistrelle bats. 

If you are looking for a unique gift, our shop is stocked with products made by local artisans, including a selection of jams and chutneys made with fruit that was harvested from the Lord’s Garden.

Nantclwyd y Dre is a unique setting for your intimate and exclusive wedding, civil partnership or vow renewal.

Dog friendly logoDogs are welcome at this site.

We’ve signed the Kids in Museums Manifesto logo

We’ve signed up for the Kids in Museums Maifesto which means our site is child friendly.

Quality Assured logoHidden Gem 2023 award


The nearest council car parks are:

Contact us

Castle Street
LL15 1DP 


Phone: 01824 709822

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Hiring this venue

At Nantclwyd y Dre we have several rooms available for hire which provide a unique setting for meetings, events, and workshops and a beautiful backdrop for weddings and civil ceremonies (read more about getting married at Nantclwyd y Dre). Unfortunately, we cannot provide a catering service, but use of a kitchen area and fridge can be made available.

Prices start at £10 per hour and we have indoor spaces that can accommodate up to 60 capacity, more for outdoor gatherings. Please contact us via email to discuss your requirements.

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