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The Heart of North Wales

Denbigh is a place of wide horizons and open spaces where you can be as active as you like, or to do next to nothing in a beautiful setting.

There are plenty of interesting walks in and around the town, or you could stroll a few minutes outside town to the wild moors, hills, forests and lakes.

It’s the perfect base for visitors who want to experience the richness and variety that North Wales has to offer – take a short drive to the North Wales coast or the outstandingly beautiful Clwydian Range, one of only four Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in Wales – or drive west across the mysterious wilderness of Mynydd Hiraethog into the rugged mountains of Snowdonia.

Hike, climb, ride, fish, trek. Whatever takes your fancy, you’ll find it near Denbigh.

Villages nearby

Whitchurch – (known locally as Llandyrnog) so called because of its grand whitewashed church – lies a mile outside the town but St Marcella’s is the parish church of Denbigh. It houses many fine monuments from Denbigh’s Elizabethan golden age.

Henllan is well known for its distinctive parish church with the fortress-like tower detached from the main building. It is thought that it was built this way to increase the area in which the bells could be heard.

The Llindir Inn is believed to be one of the oldest pubs in Wales, and is well known for its ghost, ‘an attractive woman in white’.

Llannefydd, less than six miles north west of Denbigh, is home to Saint Nefydd and Saint Mary’s church dating back to the fifth century. In a nearby cave in the 1970s, archaeologists unearthed the teeth and jawbone of an 11 year old Neanderthal boy dating from 230,000 years ago – the oldest human remains discovered in Wales.

Thomas Edwards, better known as the Welsh language dramatist and poet Twm o’r Nant, was born in Llannefydd in 1738. The theatre in Denbigh is named after him.

Nantglyn is know for the “pulpit in a tree” built into an ancient yew in the churchyard. Tradition has it that Methodist minister John Wesley to used to preach from there during the 18th century

St Asaph is believed to have developed around a sixth-century Celtic monastery founded by Saint Kentigern, and is home to the small fourteenth century St Asaph Cathedral. The original Welsh Bible, translated into Welsh in 1588 by William Morgan is kept on public display in the cathedral.

Ruthin is situated eight miles from Denbigh and it is well worth visiting for its Victorian jailhouse and state-of-the-art Craft Centre.

Getting here

Denbigh could not be more centrally positioned for vistors to enjoy the rich experiences on offer in North wales and its borders.

The town is only 10 minutes from the A55, the main road through the north of Wales, and that puts us within easy reach of the big cities of the North West: Greater Manchester is a simple 90-minute drive away while the M53 links Merseyside with the A55.

You can get here from Birmingham in around two hours, yet we’re a world away from the hustle and bustle. Take the A41 to Chester and join the A55.

Continue along the A55 to Junction 27A then follow the A525 into Denbigh.

Henry Morton StanleyIf you’re coming on public transport, take the Arriva Trains Wales service to Rhyl and then a bus from Rhyl to Denbigh. See arrivabus.co.uk for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you to Denbigh. Have a pleasant journey.

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!

Free Guided Tours & Denbigh Open Doors

Every Saturday and Sunday morning between April 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 29/30 September 2018. 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.