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.
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1 April - 3 November 2019
Daily 10am – 5pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
For yearly opening times please click 'View all visitor information'
Adult - £4.20
Family - £12.20*
Member - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free
Juniors (Aged 5–17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans - £2.50
Seniors (Aged 65+) - £3.40
*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children
All children under 5 receive free entry
Prices valid from April 2019
Facilities and information
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- 01745 813385
- 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.
- This site is registered on the No Fly Drone website
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 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.