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Castle House in Historic Denbigh

Denbigh, A Medieval Walled Market Town

Denbigh is a picturesque market town, and one of the most historic towns in North Wales, nestled in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd.

The historic market town of Denbigh is one (of 152 Europe wide) of the walled towns friendship circle, has many attractive small medieval streets that are a delight to explore, unspoilt by mass tourism, a certain pleasure may be gained by tracking down these hidden secrets for yourself.

Denbigh is served by banks, post office and library, and local shops, the old town hall is used as a venue for local produce markets and craft fairs.

On Saturdays and Sundays there are free of charge walking tours (1 ½ Hrs. duration) of the medieval town hosted by volunteers (who have spent over 20 weeks training) who share a passion for the heritage of the town and are keen to share this passion with visitors to our town. … Meet at the library for 10:00 Hrs.



Denbigh's Historic Buildings

Denbigh has many historic buildings of which 152 are listed, including : the Library, formerly the County Hall, built in 1572 by Robert Dudley, Castle, 1282, built by Henry de Lacy, One of the fortresses that comprised the “ring of castles” the striking ruins cap the hill that Denbigh is built upon. The triple towered gate house is worthy of special mention.


Burgess Gate, Denbigh Burgess Gate, is a late 13th century stone two storey gatehouse, it was the principal entrance to Denbigh medieval town, having a portcullis, and sets of murder-holes in the vault. These twin towers form the symbol on Denbigh’s civic seal.

Leicester’s Church, Built by Robert Dudley in 1587, lover of Elizabeth I, never completed, under CADW’s guardianship, but in private ownership of Castle House.

Town Walls, c1280, maintained under CADW’s guardianship, but in private ownership of Castle House. Includes the 20m high Goblin tower with well, these walls held back Oliver Cromwell’s roundheads for nine months during the civil war.

St Mary’s Church, built in 1874 contains a fine but controversial example of a reredos (carving on East wall, behind the altar)

Dr. Evan Pierce Memorial Gardens, Grade II listed historic garden, built by the self publicist Dr Pierce himself, JP, coroner, Alderman, Mayor and M.D. during the cholera outbreak 1838.

St. Marcella’s church, Built on the site of 7th.C cell, a twin nave church, exceptionally fine and well preserved, buried here are Humphry Llwyd (map maker) members of the Salusbury family and the heart of Richard Clough, and Twm o’r Nant poet of Denbigh.

Town Hall and Council Chambers, In Crown Square, a grade II listed building is effectively a concert hall with stage, dance floor and horseshoe shaped gallery. An eclectic Arts and Crafts style building, now housing the council’s memorabilia, photographs and charters are on display.

Capel lon Swan, 1891, but goes back to 17th.C an eloquent symbol of the Victorian era and the intellectual vitality and self confidence of the local town’s folk of that era.

Denbigh Friary, founded by the Carmelite order in late 13th. C supported by Sir John Salusbury of Lleweni, suppressed during the Dissolution in 1537, it was converted into a house, which was gutted by fire in 1898.

Sir Guy Dawber Houses, (Wynn’s parc, Maes Heulyn and Dolbelidr) Sir Guy Dawber 1862 – 1938 one of the best known architects of the Arts and Crafts movement. President of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 1925 – 1927 he was awarded the Royal Gold Medal in 1928.

Not only is Denbigh steeped in history, but Denbigh today enjoys many interesting and varied activities throughout the year, including:

Peoples' Market every month

Denbigh Midsummer Festival

Denbigh Show

Brook House Mill Pottery / ClayArt Potters Market

Cymru Cuba Salsa Festivals

Gwaenynog Country Show

Walking Festival

Beer Festival

Open Heritage Weekend

Denbigh and Flint Annual Show

Woodfest

Denbigh Plum Festival

Denbigh Film Festival

Roll The Barrel Festival (Boxing Day)

Details of all these events, along with many other events, can be found at

http://www.eventsnorthwales.co.uk/borderlands

http://www.visitdenbigh.co.uk/

and also see our links page

 

Castle House IN North Wales

Denbigh Your Gateway To North Wales

Denbigh is positioned at the gateway to North Wales which offers tourists great places to explore, amazing scenery to gaze at and many activities to take part in.

Just some of the things that North Wales provides:

Mountains, villages, scenery, outdoor pursuits, narrow gauge railways, golf, canoeing, walking, climbing, fishing, mountain biking, tree top adventures, 4x4 safaris, mountain railways, go karting, dry ski slopes, heritage buildings, castles, churches, walled towns, slate caverns, gold and copper mines, a mountain zoo, and much more.

Below are just some of the local jewels we can recommend.

Llyn Brenig

Windsurfing, mountain biking, fishing, walking,

Snowdonia

Mountains, scenery, walking, climbing, places to eat and drink, Snowdon summit railway. Llandudno

A Victorian resort, shopping, cafes & pubs, Great Orme, dry ski slope, beach, theatre, mountain zoo, golf

Anglesey

Wild, unspoilt, beaches, sailing, golf.

Llyn Peninsula

Wild, unspoilt, beaches, walking, sailing, golf, Abersoch village.

Harlech

Wild, unspoilt, beaches, castles, railways,

Castle House in the Beautiful Vale of Clywd

A Truly Beautiful Place

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (A.O.N.B.) covering 62 square miles, Offas Dyke National Trail follows the Clwydian Range that rises to 554 metres at Moel Famau’s summit. Open heather moorland interspersed with limestone crags cover the upper slopes, here are to be found the Iron Age Hillforts, brought to life by the heather and hillforts project, see http://www.heatherandhillforts.co.uk/..whilst the lower slopes are interspersed with small hedged fields and coppice broad leaved woodlands, eventually giving way to lush fertile open farmland.

This country side provides for a habitat that supports a diverse collection of flora & fauna. Walks from 10 minutes to 10 hours can be rewarding and what’s more, you can contemplate the walk over breakfast as you gaze at the view of the Clwydians from our dining room.

Country Parks

Loggerheads & Moel Famau Country parks form the heart of this naturally beautiful area.

Here you can enjoy the beautiful wooded river valley, outcrops of limestone with dramatic cliffs, making Loggerhaeads an ideal place to start exploring this idyllic and unspoilt area. A marked Discovery Trail with easily accessed pathways run around the park and lead onto the valleys beyond.

Guided walks, abseiling and various family centred activities (Easter egg hunts, meet your ancestors, guided walks, dry stone walling, hedge laying etc.) are available here.