Where to Visit in Denbigh
places of interest to visit:
This former County Hall
was built in 1572 and restored in 1780. It now houses a fascinating museum
and information center. Read about the plagues that decimated the population
of Denbigh and the harsh lifestyles of common folk.
The defence system of
towers, walls and gateways are indeed impressive and one can easily imagine
how awesome they must have appeared at their zenith. The Burgess Gate or
'townsman's gate' originally stood 60ft high, and is recognized as one of
the strongest medieval town gateways in Britain.
The 'Tower Hill' leads up
past 19th century terraces towards St Hilary's Terrace and the sight of an
unusual medieval house, complete with top battlements. St Hilary's Tower is
the remaining part of the garrison chapel (circa 14th Century) which was
demolished in the 1920's.
'The Castle is built high
upon a slab of solid rock and is recognized as one of the largest and
strongest castles in Wales. Its seven towers defending a daunting perimeter
wall and the huge gatehouse. This was a vital link in the chain of
fortresses built by Edward I. It was started in 1282 and finished c.1310.
The remains of this
church, dedicated to the Earl of Leicester, lie within the town walls.
Construction started in 1578 with the church intending to replace St Asaph
Cathedral with a Protestant building. It was never finished. The Earl's deep
unpopularity severely limited fund raising and what was raised was used to
finance a military campaign in Ireland. The local people opposed to the
building frequently demolished completed work.
These can be entered by a locked gate using a key available from the Castle custodian or the library. They provide a splendid walk, in particular the length between the Countess Tower and the Goblin Tower.
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