Perched on top of a hill, all roads into Ruthin seem to lead to St Peter’s Square in the centre. Visitors come here to admire the mix of architectural styles, the excellent specialist shops, and good eating places.
Two of the towns bank buildings are interesting in their own right - on the outside of the NatWest Bank are traces of a gibbet (the building was formerly a 15th century Assize Court), and over the road, the HSBC Bank was formerly Exmewe Hall.
Wynnstay Arms in Well Street is a handsome 16th century half-timbered coaching inn. It was formerly the Cross Foxes, described by George Borrow in ‘Wild Wales’. The 16th century Myddleton Arms, with its unusual Dutch style roof, and the Georgian Castle Hotel are also worth seeing.
At Ruthin Castle (now an hotel), Mediaeval Banquets are held, accompanied by traditional music.
The Ruthin Craft Centre complex has independent craft workshops, plus the Tourist Information Centre grouped round a courtyard. Visitors can wander round the workshops talking to the craftspeople.
The leisure facilities at Brynhyfryd School are open to visitors for some sessions, and there is a nearby nine-hole golf course.