Denbigh’s finest feature is its striking triple-towered great gatehouse.
Want to get a historian really excited? Mention Denbigh’s triple-towered great gatehouse. Probably one of the seven wonders of Wales. We think you’ll agree. Striking. Crowning a steep hill above the medieval town, the castle is now in the guardianship of Cadw.
Along with over half a mile of town walls, Denbigh Castle is a classic fortress of Edwardian proportions. Edward I’s successful 13th-century campaign in the region was cemented by the creation of an English borough in Denbigh from 1282 onwards. He simply built on top of what was a traditional Welsh stronghold. In so doing, he made sure all traces of Dafydd ap Gruffudd, the previous unlucky incumbent, were removed for ever.
Henry de Lacy, one of the King’s loyal commanders, was given control of the area and had the task of building the new castle. He couldn’t go far wrong with the king’s master mason, James of St George, at his side. It wasn’t all plain sailing however. A Welsh rebellion, led by Madog ap Llywelyn, captured the partly-built castle in 1294 but Edward’s dominance and the castle-building programme were soon restored. You can see for yourself the two phases of building work. The post-rebellion work is marked by different colour stone, thicker curtain walls and a hint of Caernarfon-style angular towers.
1 November 2016 - 31 March 2017
Monday - Thursday 10.00am - 4.00pm - Open and unstaffed - Free admission on these days.
Friday and Saturday 10.00 - 4.00pm
Sunday 11.00 - 4.00pm
- Last admission 30 minutes before closing
- Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
- For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'
Adult - £4.00
Family - £10.80*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - £2.80
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16
All children under 5 receive free entry.
Prices valid until March 2017
Facilities and information
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- Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
- Dogs on leads welcome
- No smoking
- A toilet is available for users with a disability and limited mobility
- Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
Postcode LL16 3NB
Road Denbigh via A525, A543 or B5382.
Rail 12km/7.5mls Abergele, Llandudno-Chester.
Bus 300m/330yards, route No 151/152, Rhyl/Denbigh.
Bike NCN Route No.5 (17km/11mls).
For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.