The ancient market town of Denbigh grew-up north of its abandoned town walls and has a number of interesting old buildings along the high street, including the old colonnade and the Talbot and Bull Inn. Also of interest are the County Hall (founded in 1572 by the Earl of Leicester, who was also Lord of Denbigh) and the Golden Lion Inn, with its 15th-c. timber-framed archway.
Dominating the town's attractive streets are the grey ruins of its great castle, backed by the hills of the Clwydian range. Edward I took the town by force on in 1282 and constructed the castle, along with the fortified town walls, as part of his infamous "ring of castles" designed to encircle and subdue the native Welsh tribes.
Within walls are the remains of St Hilary's Tower, which formed part of the original garrison chapel and Leicester's Folly. The folly is actually part of a church, started in 1579 by the Earl of Leicester. It was to meant to replace the Cathedral of St Asaph, but was never completed.
In the lower part of the town is the ruined church of a Carmelite friary, founded in 1284 by Sir John Salesbury, who according to legend had two thumbs on each hand.
Denbigh was the birthplace of the explorer Henry Morton Stanley (1841 - 1904). Who travelled to Africa on a long, hazardous quest, which ended with the famous greeting "Doctor Livingstone, I presume".
Tourist Information Centre:
Denbigh Library, Hall Square, Denbigh LL16 3NU - Tel: 01745 816313
Built after the town's capture in 1282, by King Edward I. The castle stands atop a rocky hill overlooking the town and the surrounding the Vale of Clwyd. The castle walls are integrated with the town walls, forming one corner of the original town's fortifications. Eight of the castle's great towers still stand, together with an unusual tripartite Gatehouse. Other partially surviving buildings include the Great Hall, the Green Chambers and the Great Kitchen Tower, which has two magnificent 16 ft (4.8 m) wide fireplaces on the ground floor.
Opening times: Mar to Oct, daily, 10am to 5pm (see website for winter opening times) - Admission
Location: Denbigh, LL16 3NB - Tel: 01745 813385 - Website
Forestry plantations and large reservoirs have dramatically
changed the character of this moorland region since
the 1930s. The trees are mostly conifers, larch and
Picnic areas and way-marked forest trails.
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