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Feasting at Ruthin Castle

Submitted by on December 21, 2013 – 8:57 amNo Comment

wales_ruthin_medieval-banquetIn medieval times, feasting was a regular event for wealthy landowners. Pretend you’re among the landed gentry at the 19th century at Ruthin Castle, Denbighshire, North Wales.

Built on the site of a 12th century wooden fortress, it’s a spectacular location for a real banquet.

Legend has it that Ruthin once hosted King Arthur and, in the early 20th century, became a hot-bed of scandal when the owner’s wife, Patsy Cornwallis-West, had a high profile affair with the Prince of Wales (later to become Edward VII).

Ruthin’s ‘Jester’s Feasts’ are a re-creation of the legendary banquets, hosted by the Earl of Warwick (son of Henry VIII) in the 16th century, with fully-costumed Court Stewards who sing, entertain and lead the evening’s feasting.

Getting there: Ruthin is a 90 minute drive west of Manchester, or 40 minutes by taxi from Chester station, which itself is one hour from Manchester Piccadilly station.

(Photo courtesy of Ruthin Castle)

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