A different view of sight-seeing
The town of Denbigh offers a unique experience to visitors. It is where nature and history come together in a fascinating environment, it’s surprising and engrossing, quirky and hospitable. Denbigh offers a compelling alternative to some of the better-known destinations in North Wales.
Impressive architecture and ancient buildings feature prominently here, the most famous of which is Denbigh Castle. Built in 1282, it enjoys spectacular, panoramic views of the Clwydian Range. With a striking, triple-towered gatehouse, the fortress has an on-site exhibition and is maintained by Cadw, the Welsh historic monuments body.
The Town Walls held back Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads during the Civil War and now you can walk along them and enjoy the same breath-taking views across the Vale of Clwyd that the defenders of the town saw all these centuries ago. Call at the Castle or Town Library if you would like to borrow the keys to the town walls.
The Burgess Gate was the main entrance to the old town and one of the strongest medieval town gateways in Britain. Its twin towers form part of the symbol on Denbigh’s civic seal. Another building worth a look is Leicester’s Church, and although never completed, it was built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, reputedly Queen Elizabeth I’s lover.
Many historic buildings open their doors to the public during annual heritage weekends. They include an old butter market, a Carmelite monastic house, the old Bull Hotel, Bron y Ffynnon (a Tudor townhouse), the churches of St Mary’s and St Marcella’s, chapels such as Capel Mawr, Pendref Chapel and Swan Lane Chapel.
A figure from the past looming large over the town is Dr Evan Pierce, a 19th century medic. A 50-foot statue and memorial gardens in Vale Street are dedicated to his memory.
The Welsh radio museum, Wireless in Wales, is a small radio museum with a difference. With its emphasis on the history of Broadcasting in Wales, the influence of broadcasting on our national identity and the contribution of the Welsh to the development of wireless technology, this museum is unique. We have an interesting collection of old radio devices as well as educational and informative displays. The museum is open every Monday from 11am until 3pm and at other times by arrangement.
Cae Dai 1950’s museum
This private collection will appeal to everyone with an interest in the 1950’s!
Memorabilia from the worlds of showbiz and crime – including the actual lorry used in the Great Train Robbery – classic cars, sports paraphernalia (especially boxing) and 1950’s rooms with furniture and domestic appliances.
Enjoy a cup of tea in our café when you visit our 50’s museum or bring a picnic and eat alfresco whilst enjoying the scenery of the Vale of Clwyd. Home made and retro products on sale in our shop.
Find out more: http://www.50smuseum.uk/
Theatr Twm o’r Nant
Dating from 1890, Theatr Twm o’r Nant was built as a Memorial Hall by Dr Evan Pierce, whose statue can be seen in the Dr Evan Pierce Memorial Gardens 50 metres away.
This community theatre hosts not only professional and amateur drama productions, but also cinema shows, musical and dance events. It is widely used for rehearsals by local bands and drama groups, as well as individual students and schools.
Parking is no problem and hiring rates are competitive. The theatre is a perfect venue for conference and business events.
For further information about hiring or forthcoming events, please visit:
theatr-twm-or-nant.org.uk or phone 01745 814323 / 812349.