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A different view of exploring

Welcome to Denbigh

At the heart of North Wales, overlooking the breath-taking Vale of Clwyd is the historic market town of Denbigh. It is the home of princes and earls, rebels and revolutionaries where layer upon layer of history have shaped the architecture of the town and the character of the people.

You can relax in one of our traditional pubs where people have been enjoying real food and conversation for over 500 years, or explore the Castle and walk the walls that have protected the town for nine centuries and take in the amazing views that have remained unspoiled throughout that time.

With its secret gardens and more listed buildings than any other town in Wales, you’re likely to stumble upon a hidden gem around every corner – but Denbigh is a working community living very much in the present with a lively art scene and a fine range of independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants and busy old town square where you can browse to your heart’s content or sit quietly and watch the world go by.

THE KEYS TO THE TOWN

 

To get the most from your visit to Denbigh make sure you experience the Town Walls. Borrow the key from the Library at the top of Vale Street, or from the Castle and explore to your heart’s content!

Upcoming Events

Denbigh Open Doors 2019 27 - 29 Sep 2019
Open Doors 2019 - A wonderful range of interesting, unusual and beautiful historic homes and buildings will be open to the public for tours and talks this September >

Open Doors - Heritage Lecture 27 Sep 2019
A talk by Shaun Evans of Bangor University and the Institute for the Study of Welsh Estates entitled “The Welsh Renaissance Powerhouse: The Vale of Clwyd c.1500-1650” >

Open Doors - Denbigh Town Walls 28 - 29 Sep 2019
The town walls encompass the old town and castle of Denbigh and extend for almost two thirds of a mile >

Open Doors - St Marcella’s Church 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Built on the site of the 7th century cell of St Marcella, the church is a classic example of the ‘Vale of Clwyd’ twin-naved style and is largely the result of a late perpendicular remodelling of around 1500. >

Open Doors - Denbigh Museum 28 - 29 Sep 2019
In addition to the permanent display the museum will be hosting a temporary exhibition on the life and career of Tom Pryce, the formula 1 driver from the Vale of Clwyd. >

Open Doors - A Walk Down Vale Street 28 Sep 2019
A guided walk down a street whose houses stand as markers of the historical development of Denbigh from the medieval age to the present time >

Open Doors - The Carriageworks 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Historically important former carriage works built in the 19th century to service & provide horse drawn carriages >

Open Doors - Denbigh Friary 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Denbigh friary was founded in 1343-50, dedicated to St Mary, and was a Carmelite community >

Open Doors - Beatrix Potter Garden, Gwaenynog Hall 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit regularly visited Gwaenynog Hall during the 1890s, the home of her uncle >

Open Doors - Bryn-y-Parc 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Bryn Y Parc is an important early town house dating from the mid 16th century >

Open Doors - Brookhouse Pottery 28 - 29 Sep 2019
This early 19th century building was originally a malt house supplying the local pubs and breweries. In the mid-sixties, the building was converted for use as a pottery by David and Margaret Frith >

Open Doors - Leicester's Church 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, began the building of this church in 1578, with the intention that it should become a cathedral, to replace St. Asaph. Work was abandoned following his death in 1588 >

Open Doors - Denbigh Castle 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Denbigh Castle is one of the fortresses that formed King Edward I’s “ring of castles”, four of which (Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris) have been named World Heritage sites >

Open Doors - Burgess Gate 28 - 29 Sep 2019
One of two fortified gatehouses controlling the entry to the walled town from 1282 onwards. With a portcullis, murder holes and arrow slits it provided an formidable obstacle to attackers >

Denbigh Beer Festival 28 Sep 2019
Denbigh Beer Festival hosted by Denbigh and District Round Table >

Open Doors - Dr Evan Pierce Memorial Garden 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Dr Evan Pierce himself built the 50ft column topped by his statue to mark his philanthropy as Coroner, JP, Alderman and five times Mayor of Denbigh >

Open Doors - A tour of Myddelton College (formerly Howell’s School) 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Myddelton College, opened its doors in September 2016 on the site of the former Howell's School, an independent school for girls which was open from 1859 to 2013 >

Open Doors - *NEW* Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari 28 - 29 Sep 2019
*NEW* Woodland Skills Centre, Bodfari >

Open Doors - Wireless in Wales Museum 28 - 29 Sep 2019
A weekend full of various activities related to broadcasting >

Open Doors - The King’s Arms 28 - 29 Sep 2019
The King’s Arms is probably of early C17 origin and appears to have been an inn since at least the C18 when it was used by drovers. >

Open Doors - St Saeran’s Church 28 - 29 Sep 2019
St Saeran’s Church now stands on the site where a “clas” or religious community was founded in the 6th century. This 13th century double-naved church was once the mother church of southern Dyffryn Clwyd. >

Open Doors - St Joseph's Catholic Church 28 Sep 2019
St Joseph's Catholic Church which opened in 1968, replacing an earlier church building in Tan-y-Gwalia, Denbigh >

*** Free Parking - 28/09/19 *** 28 Sep 2019
Courtesy of Denbigh Town Council, all the pay-and-display car parks in the town will be free of charge on Saturday 28th September in support of our Open Doors Event. Note that normal charges apply on Sunday. >

Open Doors - *NEW* Pendref Chapel 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Open Doors - *NEW* Pendref Chapel >

Open Doors - Discover Medieval Denbigh 28 Sep 2019
A 1.5 mile walk through Denbigh with Fiona Gale, Denbighshire County Council Archaeologist, exploring the Walls, Leicester’s Church, St Hilary’s Tower, Burgess Gate and the exterior of the Castle. >

Open Doors - Denbigh Masonic Lodge 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Built in 1872 the building was originally known as the Tower Hill Welsh Independent Chapel >

Open Doors - No. 2 Crown Square (Travelsport) 28 Sep 2019
Timber-framed house probably of late C16 date, with C19 part brick and stucco elevations >

Open Doors - Denbigh Town Hall 28 - 29 Sep 2019
The Town Hall was built in 1915-16 to replace Thomas Fulljames’ Market Hall of 1848, combining town hall and market. >

Open Doors - Denbigh Library 28 - 29 Sep 2019
Denbigh Library – Information point – a good place to start

The Library was formerly the County Hall. It was erected in 1572 as a Shire Hall under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester >

Open Doors - St Hilary’s Church 28 - 29 Sep 2019
St. Hilary’s was built in the early fourteenth century as a church for the walled town. Although St. Marcella’s was the official parish church, St. Hilary’s was much nearer to the centre of population >

Free Guided Tours & Denbigh Open Doors

Every Saturday and Sunday morning between May and September, local volunteers lead tours of the medieval market town. Tours start from the H.M.Stanley statue in front of the Library at 10.30am and last around 1½ hours.

Tours can be provided all year round for groups, at a day and time to suit, by prior arrangement. For further information about the tours or to make a group booking please contact the Town Hall, before 12pm, on 01745 815984 (Mon-Fri) or by e-mail: townclerk@denbightowncouncil.gov.uk

 

DENBIGH OPEN DOORS

Each September, as part of European Heritage Days, a wonderful range of interesting, unusual and beautiful historic homes and buildings will be open to the public FOR FREE.

Denbigh Open Doors will take place over the weekend 27/28/29 September 2019. Details of the various properties and events will be added to the Upcoming Events section. Copies of the booklet will be available from Denbighshire libraries from August onwards.