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.
The key to access the wall walks is available from following: Denbigh Castle telephone 01745 813385; the Denbigh Library, telephone 01745 816313 LL16 3NU; and the Glass Onion Café, telephone 01745 813125 (LL16 3TE).
There is a returnable cash deposit to pay for the key.
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Around hillslope below the castle.