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The first line of defence for Denbigh’s medieval castle

The rocky outcrop that’s home to Denbigh’s castle and town walls was once the site of a stronghold belonging to Welsh prince Dafydd ap Gruffydd, though the remains that stand today are the work of English king Edward I. Built around 1285, Denbigh’s walls were constructed before the castle that sits inside them, presumably to protect the workforce from attacks by native forces. The walls were extended in the 14th century to include the impressive Goblin Tower. This housed a secondary well within the town’s defences, which went on to help Denbigh survive sieges in the 16th-century English Civil War.

Much of the wall still stands, along with the remains of a number of towers and two gatehouses. Of these, the Burgess Gate to the north is the best preserved.



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Denbigh via A525, A543 or B5382.
12km/7.5mls Abergele, Llandudno-Chester.
300m/330yards, route No 151/152, Rhyl/Denbigh.
NCN Route No.5 (17km/11mls).

Around hillslope below the castle.