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  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, £2.40-£4

Denbigh Castle

Denbigh Castle

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Denbigh’s finest feature is its striking triple-towered great gatehouse. Want to get a historian really excited? Mention Denbigh’s triple-towered great gatehouse. Probably one of the seven wonders of Wales. We think you’ll agree. Striking. Crowning a steep hill above the medieval town, the castle is now in the guardianship of Cadw.

Along with over half a mile of town walls, Denbigh Castle is a classic fortress of Edwardian proportions. Edward I’s successful 13th-century campaign in the region was cemented by the creation of an English borough in Denbigh from 1282 onwards. He simply built on top of what was a traditional Welsh stronghold. In so doing, he made sure all traces of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the previous unlucky incumbent, were removed for ever.

Henry de Lacy, one of the King’s loyal commanders, was given control of the area and had the task of building the new castle. He couldn’t go far wrong with the king’s master mason, James of St George, at his side. It wasn’t all plain sailing however. A Welsh rebellion, led by Madog ap Llywelyn, captured the partly-built castle in 1294 but Edward’s dominance and the castle-building programme were soon restored. You can see for yourself the two phases of building work. The post-rebellion work is marked by different colour stone, thicker curtain walls and a hint of Caernarfon-style angular towers.

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

24 March - 4 November 2018 Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm.
6 November 2018 - 31 March 2019 Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm (Sunday - Wednesday open but unstaffed; free admission on these days).
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Prices

Prices valid until March 2019
Adult - £4.00
Family (2 Adults & up to 3 children under 16) - £11.60
Seniors £3.20
Students and children under 16 - £2.40
Children under 5 - Free

Contact

Enquiries

Address

Denbigh,
Denbighshire,
LL16 3NB

Location

Directions

Plan route to Denbigh Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 051658  Lat: 53.18081 Long: -3.42147

A55 Junction 27A - A525 to Denbigh & A543. Left at traffic lights where signed Town Centre and continue through the town; left at roundabout where signed to the Castle.

Accessible by Public Transport: 12 miles from Rhyl station

Facilities

  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed