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Where to Visit in Denbigh


Some places of interest to visit:

The Library

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.

You can collect a key allowing you access to the impressive town walls. (This key is also available from the Castle custodian when on duty).

Burgess Gate

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.

St Hilary's Tower

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.

Denbigh Castle

'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.

Leicester's Church

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.

The Town Walls

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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