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Holt Castle

Holt Castle is situated on the banks of the River Dee on the Wales-England border, a few miles north-east of Wrexham. The castle was built between 1283 and 1311 by John de Warenne and his grandson, successive earls of Surrey, following the defeat of Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, prince of Wales.

Reconstruction drawing of Holt Castle, from the north-east, c.1315, as drawn by Phil Kenning, 2014

Holt Castle was pentagonal in plan with five massive round towers surrounding a central courtyard. The castle had a remarkably eventful history:

Following the castle’s surrender at the end of the Civil War, the site was used as a stone quarry and all that remains above ground today is the central courtyard.

Holt Castle from the north-west, July 2015

Following a four year restoration project, the remains of Holt Castle re-opened to the public in June 2015. Visitors can now enjoy the new and improved interpretation. Steps have been installed to allow access to the castle’s former courtyard.

Holt Castle is an open access site. A footpath leads from Castle Street via Castle Gardens (LL13 9AX) to the castle site. Parking and toilets are available on Green Street (LL13 9JF).
Guided tours for groups are available on request. Contact Wrexham County Borough Museum & Archives 01978 297 460 for details.

Holt Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. No ground disturbance or metal detecting is allowed within the protected area without consent from Cadw.

The Holt Castle Conservation and Interpretation Project was funded by Northern Marches Cymru, Wrexham County Borough Council and Cadw.

Wrexham County Borough Council would like to acknowledge the support of Holt Community Council, Holt Town Trust and Holt Local History Society.