Denbigh Castle is one of the largest and strongest walled towns in the whole of Wales – the gatehouse alone is one of the toughest defensive structures of its time.
In fact, the fortress, was so sturdy that it survived Owain Glyndwr’s uprising of 1400. And it took Cromwell’s army four whole months to get the better of it. The impressive triple-towered gatehouse forms the link between the walls and castle ward and bears the unmistakable style of Master James of Saint George – easily recognizable by the coloured stone, thick curtain walls and angular towers like those at Caernarfon Castle. Building work began in 1282, and when the work was completed it created not only a castle but a new English borough surrounded by almost a kilometre of town walls – the keys to which can be borrowed today from Denbigh Library. So you can explore the well-preserved Countess Tower, and the Goblin Tower. Definitely worth a look. As are the stunning views of the Vale of Clwyd from the Castle itself.