Hidden Historic Gem – Denbigh Castle

September 14, 2018 10:24 am

During the development of our website for our prosthetic covers LIMB-art stumbled across historic @Denbigh Castle. Although only 7 miles from our offices, we had never been there before. Wow what an impressive place! Its origins date back to the 13th century. It has an impressive triple-towered great gatehouse and 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.

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.

With a recently added a visitor centre and coffee shop inside the Castle walls… it’s a great place destination.