"N.Wales has been my father and Grandfathers home" Denbigh by budapest8

Denbigh Travel Guide: 22 reviews and 70 photos


I was home to visit Mon Pere this November (2009) for 4 days with my daughter Clara, so time to get some fresh pics and info uploaded
My father lives just outside of a small village called
Llanrhaeadr, located about 3 miles on the road to Ruthin to Denbigh

Records of Denbigh date back to the 11th Century where
it was described as a small border town.
Denbigh (or 'Denbych' in Welsh meaning 'Little fortress')
grew steadily throughout the next 200 years to become a
royal residence for Welsh Princes and a focal point of Welsh
power in North Wales.

In 1282 , Edward I conquered the town and fell under English rule.
From that time, the medieval town developed as the building
of the castle was completed and was protected by the
castle town walls.

Denbigh never really knew peace over the next few centuries,
being fiercely contested between the Welsh and English.
In 1563 Queen Elizabeth appointed Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester,
lordship of Denbigh and control of the castle becoming in the process
governor-general of North Wales. The next major event was 1643 when
Denbigh became a refuge for a Royalist garrison during the Civil War.
This ceased with the surrender in 1646 after which the castle and
town walls were allowed to fall into ruin.

Throughout these periods the people of Denbigh had long since
abandoned their inconvenient fortress-borough and moved to
reside outside the town walls. This was now amongst the largest
and richest towns in Elizabethan Wales, a powerhouse of
Renaissance culture and enterprise, and a vibrant, prosperous
market town.

Visit St Asaph Cathedral the site of this ancient Cathedral goes
back to 560 when the Church with a large monastic Community
was founded here by St Kentigern.


Denbigh Castle

The striking ruins of Denbigh Castle, crowning a steep hill above the town, enjoy commanding views of the pastoral Vale of Clwyd and the round-backed hills of the Clwydian range.

Denbigh, built as part of Edward I's 13th century campaigns against the Welsh, was constructed by Henry de Lacy, one of the king's chief commanders. It was by no means the first stronghold to occupy this self-evidently strategic site: as if to emphasize English dominance, the castle was built over the stronghold of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the Welsh leader crushed by Edward in 1282.

The building of the 'new' Denbigh from 1282 onwards (which removed all traces of the Welsh fortifications) created not only a castle but a new English borough protected by town walls.

The building in two phases, was interrupted by a rising in 1294 during which the castle was held for a time by the Welsh. The latter work is easily recognisable by the different coloured stone, thicker curtain walls and angular towers resembling those at Caernarfon.

The castle's finest feature is its striking triple-towered Great Gatehouse bearing the unmistakable stamp of Master James of St George, the architectural genius responsible for all of Edward's major North Wales castles.

Also of great interest are the town walls, almost two-thirds of a mile long. The eastern section, defended by the Countess Tower and Goblin Tower, is particularly fine.

  • Last visit to Denbigh: Nov 2009
  • Intro Updated Nov 21, 2009
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    It is great to find a whole family of ghosts on VT ! With even one using a mobile phone

  • pedrycymro's Profile Photo
    Jun 14, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Sorry budapest8, I was born in Denbigh and the walls that stand out in the 'Denbigh Castle Walls' is the skeleton of the the Earl of Leicester's abandoned church...the lower wall might be part of the old castle walls but I'm not sure.....

  • fishandchips's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Good photo's - this is certainly a nice part of Wales to visit.

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