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Denbigh Castle

Built in 1282, it enjoys spectacular, panoramic views of the Clwydian Range. With a striking, triple-towered gatehouse, the fortress has an on-site exhibition and is maintained by Cadw, the Welsh historic monuments body,and is a popular improving quality of life for all its residents.

Walls and Walks

The Town Walls are of particular interest to visitors. A new project, Walls and Walks, has begun to bridge the gap between getting from the town centre up to the castle area and around the walls that once held back Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads during the Civil War. Call at the Town library if you would like to borrow the keys to the town walls, and enjoy a stroll back in time! Burgess Gate, the main entrance to the old town, boasts twin towers, forming the symbol on Denbigh's civic seal. Another building worth a look is Leicester's Church, and although never completed, the church was built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, reputedly Queen Elizabeth I's lover.

Beautiful Buildings

The Townscape Heritage Initiative has helped restore a number of local properties to their former glory and many of these historic buildings open their doors to the public during annual heritage weekends. They include an old butter market, a Carmelite monastic house, the old Bull Hotel, Bron y Ffynnon (a Tudor townhouse), the churches of St Mary's and St Marcella's, chapels such as Capel Mawr, Pendref Chapel and Swan Lane Chapel. A figure from the past looming large over the town is Dr Evan Pierce, a 19th century medic. A 50-foot statue and memorial gardens in Vale Street are dedicated to his memory, and these are currently being renovated. Denbigh's state-of-the-art library in the town centre was once the County Hall, and dates back to the 16th century. Today it houses a wealth of books, computers and a gallery which hosts highly acclaimed art exhibitions. Spring 2005 saw the library becoming a base for BBC Wales’ pioneering, three-month community venture centred on Denbigh, helping put the town and district firmly on the map.

Something For Everyone

Whether looking for fantastic history, glorious views,walks or just shopping and eating, Denbigh has something to offer you. We have a wealth of clubs and societies, sports facilities and annual events which offer culture, leisure and entertainment. Denbigh offers schools and a college, a small hospital, and retail therapy of all sorts to tempt you. Our beautiful nearby villages are worth visiting, and our area offers residents and visitors alike, something for all seasons.

The Area

There are several places of interest within easy reach of Denbigh. In the immediate vicinity is Gwaenynog Hall visited by the eminent Dr Johnson and to whom a monument is erected within the grounds. Beatrix Potter also visited here, and her ‘garden’ is still in evidence.

A mile or so along the Henllan Road are the ruins of Old Foxhall erected by John Panton, the recorder of Denbigh in Elizabethan times. Nearby is Foxhall Newydd, the birthplace of Humphrey Llwyd the cartographer. Henllan itself has a unique church with its ancient tower detached from the main building. Beyond Henllan is Llansannan, the hub of an area noted for its literary figures – Williams Salesbury, Tudur Aled and William Rees (Gwilym Hiraethog).The village of Nantglyn, 4 miles to the west of the town, has received several awards for its pleasing appearance. Here lived Dr Williams Owen Pughe the antiquary, Robert Davies (Bardd Nantglyn) and David Samwell, surgeon aboard the Discovery, who witnessed and subsequently chronicled the killing of Captain Cook.Off the A543 is the Brenig complex, a man-made lake set in an afforested area of almost 2,500 acres and offering a wide range of aquatic activities including fishing and boating.
Directly north of Denbigh is St Asaph where, in the cathedral grounds is the memorial to Bishop William Morgan who was largely responsible for the translation of the Bible into Welsh. Here, during September, the ever-popular Music Festival is staged.A short distance along the A55 is Bodelwyddan Castle, which houses a superb Portrait Gallery. Within easy reach of here is the Castle of Rhuddlan, which, together with those at Denbigh and Ruthin dominated the Vale of Clwyd following the Norman Conquest. Between St Asaph and Bodfari is the picturesque village of Tremeirchion where the parish church, dedicated to Corpus Christi, contains the famous Vinegar Bible. Nearby is Bryn Bella, the one-time residence of the renowned Hester Thrale (Mrs Piozzi).
To the south of Denbigh is the village of Llanrhaeadr where, in St Dyfnog’s church, built in the traditional double-naved Vale of Clwyd style, is the remarkable Jesse window. In the graveyard is the tomb of Ann Parry, a Methodist convert of the 18th century, whose body was found to be perfectly preserved 50 years after her interment.Further up the vale is the town of Ruthin with its Craft Centre and the Old Gaol where the county archives are located. Set in the Clwydian Range overlooking the Vale is Moel Famau, capped by a ruined Jubilee Tower, erected to commemorate the 60-year reign of George III.