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Historic Denbigh is a friendly market town in the heart of the Vale of Clwyd, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Impressive architecture and ancient buildings feature prominently here, and the most famous structure 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,and is a popular improving quality of life for all its residents

The Town Walls are of particular interest to visitors. A new project, Walls and Walks, has begun to bridge the gap between getting from the town centre up to the castle area and around the walls that once held back Oliver Cromwell's Roundheads during the Civil War. Call at the Town library if you would like to borrow the keys to the town walls, and enjoy a stroll back in time! Burgess Gate, the main entrance to the old town, boasts twin towers, forming the symbol on Denbigh's civic seal. Another building worth a look is Leicester's Church, and although never completed, the church was built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, reputedly Queen Elizabeth I's lover.

The Townscape Heritage Initiative has helped restore a number of local properties to their former glory and many of these 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, and these are currently being renovated. Denbigh's state-of-the-art library in the town centre was once the County Hall, and dates back to the 16th century. Today it houses a wealth of books, computers and a gallery which hosts highly acclaimed art exhibitions. Spring 2005 saw the library becoming a base for BBC Wales’ pioneering, three-month community venture centred on Denbigh, helping put the town and district firmly on the map.

Whether looking for fantastic history, glorious views, walks or just shopping and eating, Denbigh has something to offer you. We have a wealth of clubs and societies, sports facilities and annual events which offer culture, leisure and entertainment. Denbigh offers schools and a college, a small hospital, and retail therapy of all sorts to tempt you. Our beautiful nearby villages are worth visiting, and our area offers residents and visitors alike, something for all seasons.


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