Denbigh enjoys a spectacular setting – its castle crowns a rocky hill with views across the whole Vale of Clwyd, from the Hiraethog Moors to the Clwydian Range. A great base for walking, a cultural centre and a thriving hub where the shops and café’s are still refreshingly independent. The town delivers an authentically Welsh experience. Not to mention a warm welcome. So warm in fact that visitors can borrow their very own keys to the town walls. Call in at the library and ask for the chance to unlock one of Wales’s best-kept secrets.
It is a tale of two towns. One is the great walled garrison of Edward I with its iconic castle, ruthlessly built on top of an ancient Welsh fortress. The other is the exuberant market town that cascaded down the hill in an astonishing variety of architectural styles over the next nine centuries. Denbigh became a powerhouse of Renaissance Wales. In the late 16th century it was at the centre of the campaign by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, to make himself the most powerful man in the country. Later a series of magnificent mansions spread down Vale Street.