Denbigh is a small market town in north-east Wales. Lying on the River Clwyd it’s known for its 13th Century castle which is both a popular tourist destination and an important local landmark.
The history of this ancient Welsh stronghold stretches back to the 12th Century when it came into possession of the de Clare family who had arrived in Wales as Normans. The castle was given to one of their subordinates, Robert, Lord Denbigh, and his descendants were responsible for the construction work which took place throughout the 13th Century.
The stone keep, round in shape and five storeys high, is the most impressive feature of the castle. The rest consists of walls made from earth and timber palisades.
Inside, there’s plenty to explore. The old cellar has been turned into a small exhibition on the history of the building and there are also displays on 19th Century soldiers who lived at the castle and local archaeology. There’s also a museum shop in case you want to take anything home with you; I got my hands on a lovely postcard!
The castle is well signposted off the main road, so it’s hard to miss. Parking is available and they’re even open on Sundays. Their opening times can be a bit confusing but it’s best to check their website before you go as the castle is also used as a venue for events.
The Castle is open every day from Easter to 31 October and the hours vary during this period.
Denbigh Castle is located on Castle Green, Denbigh, LL16 2SL
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