The Humphreys family of Anglesey built the first castle at Bodelwyddan around 1461 as a manor house after their lands in Anglesey were confiscated by Edward IV to be given to another family. The Humphries received the lands in Bodelwyddan in return.

Bodelwyddan Castle

Over the next two centuries of civil wars and strife in the area, the Humphreys never gained fame or glory but did serve as High Sheriffs of Flintshire on two occasions in the 17th century. Around 1690, the estate was sold, and the family became fragmented.

In the 18th century, the castle took a new lease on life under the direction of Sir William Williams, Barrister and Speaker in the House of Commons in two parliaments of Charles II.

Around 1805, the castle was remodeled in the neo-classical style for Sir John Williams. Bodelwyddan Castle was renovated again for his son, Sir John Hay Williams, between 1830 and 1842, including the towers and arches we see in the castellated appearance today. John's diaries state, "We found human bones near one of the chimneys, and I built them into the wall behind the stone figure Y Gwr Hir" (the long man). No bones have ever been discovered.

Bodelwyddan Castle was used as an officer's mess and recuperation center by the British Army during World War I. The army stayed until 1920. The castle was then leased to Mrs. Florence Lindley, who converted it into Lowther College, a girls-only private school.

Castle Highlights

The castle and gardens are now closed to visitors.

Today, Bodelwyddan Castle is a Victorian Gothic Revival-style castle that serves as grounds for a hotel. It has tranquil gardens and pointed arches, battlements, and ornate details, giving it a fairytale appearance.

Parts of the main staircase to the entrance hall are said to date from the 17th century. The corridor leads to the great hall with an elaborate plaster ceiling.

The castle hotel is a 4-star accommodation and provides easy access to castles nearby that are open to the public, including Rhuddlan Castle and Conwy Castle.

Bodelwyddan Castle is also haunted.