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A different view of exploring

Welcome to Denbigh

At the heart of North Wales, overlooking the breath-taking Vale of Clwyd is the historic market town of Denbigh. It is the home of princes and earls, rebels and revolutionaries where layer upon layer of history have shaped the architecture of the town and the character of the people.

You can relax in one of our traditional pubs where people have been enjoying real food and conversation for over 500 years, or explore the Castle and walk the walls that have protected the town for nine centuries and take in the amazing views that have remained unspoiled throughout that time.

With its secret gardens and more listed buildings than any other town in Wales, you’re likely to stumble upon a hidden gem around every corner – but Denbigh is a working community living very much in the present with a lively art scene and a fine range of independent shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants and busy old town square where you can browse to your heart’s content or sit quietly and watch the world go by.

THE KEYS TO THE TOWN

 

To get the most from your visit to Denbigh make sure you experience the Town Walls. Borrow the key from the Library at the top of Vale Street, or from the Castle and explore to your heart’s content!

Upcoming Events

Open Doors - Heritage Lecture 22 Sep 2017
A talk by Richard Suggett from the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments in Wales entitled “Searching for the Oldest Houses in Wales” >

Open Doors - St Mary's Church 23 - 24 Sep 2017
St Mary’s was built in 1874 to replace the medieval church of St Hilary within the old town walls >

Open Doors - St Marcella’s Church 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Built on the site of the 7th century cell of St Marcella, the church is a classic example of the ‘Vale of Clwyd’ twin-naved style and is largely the result of a late perpendicular remodelling of around 1500. >

Open Doors - Denbigh Museum 23 - 24 Sep 2017
North-East Wales Heritage Forum (NEWHF) Exhibition: An opportunity to find out more about the NEWHF which has been established as a voluntary initiative to celebrate, conserve and promote the rich heritage of the region. >

Open Doors - The Carriageworks 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Historically important former carriage works built in the 19th century to service & provide horse drawn carriages >

Open Doors - Cae Dai 50s Museum 23 Sep 2017
A 1950’s museum, containing exhibits from the late 40’s & early 50’s >

Open Doors - Theatr Twm o'r Nant 23 - 24 Sep 2017
The Grade II listed building was built and donated to the town in 1890 by Dr Evan Pierce as a Memorial Hall in memory of his mother >

Open Doors - Wireless in Wales Museum 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Wireless in Wales Radio Museum was established in 2008 to create an awareness of the importance of radio and broadcasting to the preservation of the Welsh language and identity >

Open Doors - Gwasg Gee 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Gwasg Gee was Wales’s oldest independent printing press, established in 1809, until it finally closed its doors in 2001.This weekend gives visitors a rare opportunity to glimpse the buildings from the internal courtyard >

Open Doors - Dr Evan Pierce Memorial Garden 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Dr Evan Pierce himself built the 50ft column topped by his statue to mark his philanthropy as Coroner, JP, Alderman and five times Mayor of Denbigh >

Open Doors - Denbigh Infirmary Chapel 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Denbigh Infirmary opened its doors in 1807 with the chapel and nurses home added in 1957. Open Doors provides an unique opportunity for visitors to learn more about this historic hospital. >

Open Doors - Bryn-y-Parc 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Bryn Y Parc is an important early town house dating from the mid 16th century >

Open Doors - Denbigh Town Walls 23 - 24 Sep 2017
The town walls encompass the old town and castle of Denbigh and extend for almost two thirds of a mile >

Open Doors - Leicester's Church 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, began the building of this church in 1578, with the intention that it should become a cathedral, to replace St. Asaph. Work was abandoned following his death in 1588 >

Open Doors - Denbigh Castle 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Denbigh Castle is one of the fortresses that formed King Edward I’s “ring of castles”, four of which (Caernarfon, Conwy, Harlech and Beaumaris) have been named World Heritage sites >

Open Doors - Burgess Gate 23 - 24 Sep 2017
One of two fortified gatehouses controlling the entry to the walled town from 1282 onwards. With a portcullis, murder holes and arrow slits it provided an formidable obstacle to attackers >

Denbigh Beer Festival 23 Sep 2017
Denbigh Beer Festival hosted by Denbigh and District Round Table >

Open Doors 2017 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Open Doors 2017 - A wonderful range of interesting, unusual and beautiful historic homes and buildings will be open to the public for tours and talks this September >

Open Doors - Denbigh Friary 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Denbigh friary was founded in 1343-50, dedicated to St Mary, and was a Carmelite community >

Open Doors - Denbigh Masonic Lodge 23 Sep 2017
Built in 1872 the building was originally known as the Tower Hill Welsh Independent Chapel >

Open Doors - Gwaenynog Tour 23 Sep 2017
A guided historical tour (approx. 3 miles) from Denbigh taking in Galch Hill en route to Gwaenynog, home of the Myddelton family >

Open Doors - Denbigh Ale Trail 23 Sep 2017
To coincide with the Denbigh Beer Festival this tour gives visitors a flavour of the history of brewing, the numerous pubs, malt houses and bottling yards that existed in Denbigh along with the attempts of the temperance movement to close them down. >

Open Doors - Tour of the Town 23 Sep 2017
Guided tour - Tour of the Town
Duration: 1.5 hours approx
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StudioMADE presents…GLYPH 23 Sep 2017
Calling Denbigh… We need you!

On the 23rd of September we will be unveiling an alphabet of Dinbych and we need you to make this happen. >

Open Doors - Beatrix Potter Garden, Gwaenynog Hall 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Beatrix Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit regularly visited Gwaenynog Hall during the 1890s, the home of her uncle >

Open Doors - Cefn Du, Tremeirchion 23 Sep 2017
The house and laboratories are set in 6 acres of woodland on the eastern slopes of Cefn Du, one of the smaller hills of the Clwydian Range. The complex has developed over some years with energy efficiency being a continuous goal >

Open Doors - No. 2 Crown Square (Travelsport) 23 Sep 2017
Timber-framed house probably of late C16 date, with C19 part brick and stucco elevations >

Open Doors - Denbigh Library 23 - 24 Sep 2017
Denbigh Library – Information point – a good place to start

The Library was formerly the County Hall. It was erected in 1572 as a Shire Hall under the patronage of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester >

Open Doors - Brookhouse Pottery 23 - 24 Sep 2017
This early 19th century building was originally a malt house supplying the local pubs and breweries. In the mid-sixties, the building was converted for use as a pottery by David and Margaret Frith >

Open Doors - Elwy Bank, St Asaph 23 - 24 Sep 2017
A Grade II listed building dating to c.1790, Elwy Bank was once a High Street Bank. The most remarkable feature of this building is the collection of murals in the drawing room >

Free Guided Tours & Denbigh Open Doors

Every Saturday and Sunday morning between April and September, local volunteers lead tours of the medieval market town. Tours start from the H.M.Stanley statue in front of the Library at 10.30am and last around 1½ hours.

Tours can be provided all year round for groups, at a day and time to suit, by prior arrangement. For further information about the tours or to make a group booking please contact the Town Hall, before 12pm, on 01745 815984 (Mon-Fri) or by e-mail: townclerk@denbightowncouncil.gov.uk

 

DENBIGH OPEN DOORS

Each September, as part of European Heritage Days, a wonderful range of interesting, unusual and beautiful historic homes and buildings will be open to the public FOR FREE.

Denbigh Open Doors will take place over the weekend 23/24 September 2017. Copies of the booklet are being distributed to Denbighshire libraries but a copy can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/file/38258%20Open%20Doors%20Brochure%2032pp%20A5%20%20DEN031%20FULL%20PRINT%20EXTERNAL%20PRINT%20ROTATED%20MAP.pdf?token=AWx6HjUOoqN6b3WZKp0TiCv4BG2PsMe99NN23iKM2cmL8jvrbe0l-W8jAMveMMO55uKpvGG4lkqW0Vw4m9lAHP2FiB21eosmh7xyP_u24jUOAgUMT_w2buK0pxjcJ1BSUCjHwi2fHtM6906VJDgaZiTJDI6sBwB5tx4RMf6UPDYPYpzpIkQO5pYLuyzmMI9N5Tg