Bodelwyddan Castle and Park

Bodelwyddan Castle and Park
Bodelwyddan
Near Rhyl
Denbighshire
LL18 5YA
Wales

Website

www.bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk

E-mail

enquiries@bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk

Telephone

01745 584060

Fax

01745 584563

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Bodelwyddan Castle is a Victorian country house museum with acres of parkland, gardens, family-friendly galleries and events throughout the year. We are a regional partner of the National Portrait Gallery with beautifully restored Victorian rooms providing a spectacular setting for enjoying the 19th century displays.

We offer a free audio guide, the 'Bodelwyddan Banqueteers' family trail, interactive galleries exploring how portraits are made, hands-on Victorian Inventions & Amusements gallery, a changing exhibitions programme, and special activities and events for families.

There are about 40 acres of grounds for you to explore, including the deer park for walks, picnics and spectacular views; the remains of rare World War 1 practice trenches with new information panels; an adventure play area; walled garden with a maze and Four Seasons Garden designed by Thomas Mawson; woodland walk with bird hide; and a recently restored orchard replated with rare old Welsh varieties.

Bodelwyddan Castle is managed by a charitable trust with the education, conservation and social inclusion as its priorities.

Venue Type:

Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

3 Sept - 28 Oct 12, Wed-Sun, 10.30-5
29 Oct - 2 Nov, every day, 10.30-5
3 Nov - 16 Dec, Thurs-Sun, 10.30-4
Closed 17 Dec 12 - 4 Jan 13

5 Jan - 10 Feb 13, Thurs-Sun, 10.30-4
11-17 Feb, every day, 10.30-4
18 Feb - 22 Mar, Thurs-Sun, 10.30-4
23 Mar - 7 Apr, every day, 10.30-5
8 Apr - 26 May, Wed-Sun, 10.30-5
27 May-2 Jun, every day, 10.30-5
3 Jun - 21 Jul, Wed-Sun, 10.30-5
22 Jul - 1 Sept, every day, 10.30-5
2 Sept - 27 Oct, Wed-Sun, 10.30-5
28 Oct - 3 Nov, every day, 10.30-5
4 Nov - 22 Dec, Thurs-Sun, 10.30-4
Closed 23 Dec 13 - 3 Jan 14

Admission charges

Gift Aid admission:
Adults £6.95, Concessions £5.85, Children (5-18 yrs) £3, Children (under 5 yrs) free

Flexible Family Discounts available (applies to family groups with at least one child (5-18 yrs).

Annual membership includes unlimited free visits for 12 months for the price of two standard-admission visits. Adults £12.60, Concessions £10.60, Children (5 - 18 yrs)£5.40.

Free admission for disabled visitor's carer.
Pre-booked group discounts for 12 or more people.

Getting there

By road: Follow the signs off Junction 25 off the A55 expressway. Free parking.

By train: The nearest station is Rhyl (about 6 miles). Trains run direct from Chester, London, Manchester and Holyhead. There is a taxi rank outside and bus stops nearby.

By bus: Bodelwyddan viillage/Glan Clwyd Hospital are the nesrest stops on the regular Rhyl to Denbigh bus service. Approximately 0.75 mile walk to Bodelwydan Castle. Other, less frequent bus services from Conwy and Llandudno.

By cycle: North Wales Coastal Cycleway to Rhyl (National Cycle Network Route 5); Afon Clywd Cycleway from Rhyl to Rhuddlan approximately 2 miles north of Bodelwyddan.

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Watercolours and Drawings: 18th to 21st Century

  • 23 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

This exhibition is the third to be brought to Bodelwyddan Castle from Hastings by Caroline Gee, a Sussex art dealer who has been specializing in Watercolours and Drawings for over thirty years. It will follow a similar format as her previous exhibitions, beginning with the early years of the watercolour school in Britain, moving through the early nineteenth century, the ‘Golden Age’ of British watercolour, and finishing with delightful twentieth Century examples.

Featured works on display include some of the most prominent artists who exhibited with the Old Watercolour Society (formed 1804), among them David Cox, Peter de Wint and John Varley. The Victorian Age is mainly represented by those artists who followed in the tradition of the early landscape painters, and will include two large and splendid views of North Wales by William Evans of Bristol. In the twentieth century section there will be another group of the wildlife drawings by Eileen Soper which so delighted visitors last time.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies:
Adult £6.95
Concession £5.85
Child, over 5 and under 18 years £3.00

Website

http://bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk/whats-on/special-exhibitions/watercolours-and-drawings-18th-to-21st-century/

Bob Collins: Shooting Stars

  • 23 July — 28 September 2014 *on now

As part of our Summer special exhibitions programme, we will be showing Bob Collins: Shooting Stars in Galeri 3. This is a really enjoyable display that consists of 23 informal photographs of famous faces from the 1950′s/60′s. As well as offering a welcome dose of nostalgia, we feel that the exhibition will highlight Bob’s skill at capturing spontaneous moments on film.

Bob Collins: Shooting Stars was originally shown in the National Portrait Gallery from September 2012 – April 2013. We are extremely grateful to the NPG for their generosity and support through their continued partnership with us that enables all our visitors to enjoy these important art works in our beautiful North Wales surroundings.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission applies:
Adult £6.95
Concession £5.85
Child, over 5 and under 18 years £3.00

Website

http://bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk/bob-collins-shooting-stars/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Victorian Séance

  • 12 — 13 September 2014 9pm-2am
  • 10 — 11 October 2014 9pm-2am
  • 7 — 8 November 2014 9pm-2am
  • 5 — 6 December 2014 9pm-2am

The Victorians were preoccupied by the paranormal and many ghost-hunting methods used today originated in the Victorian séance. Experience the Victorians’ fascination with the paranormal in this period-themed event.

The night includes a castle tour with history and you will hear of real paranormal occurences. You will also have the chance to try Victorian techniques, including glass divination and table tipping.

Victorian fancy dress is welcome and in the past if done as a group is an ideal way to set the scene! A Victorian high tea served at midnight is also included.

Victorian Séances can be booked for private groups of 8-16, or you can book onto one of our public events. Contact the Bookings and Information Team for more information or to make a booking.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£45 per person (over 18s only). Booking essential.

Website

http://bodelwyddan-castle.co.uk/whats-on/paranormal/paranormal-events/

Getting there

By road: Follow the signs off Junction 25 off the A55 expressway. Free parking.

By train: The nearest station is Rhyl (about 6 miles). Trains run direct from Chester, London, Manchester and Holyhead. There is a taxi rank outside and bus stops nearby.

By bus: Bodelwyddan viillage/Glan Clwyd Hospital are the nesrest stops on the regular Rhyl to Denbigh bus service. Approximately 0.75 mile walk to Bodelwydan Castle. Other, less frequent bus services from Conwy and Llandudno.

By cycle: North Wales Coastal Cycleway to Rhyl (National Cycle Network Route 5); Afon Clywd Cycleway from Rhyl to Rhuddlan approximately 2 miles north of Bodelwyddan.

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