Denbigh Castle is one of the castles built by King Edward I of England during his conquest of Wales. It stands on a rocky promontory above the small town of Denbigh.
The site of the castle was probably occupied from the early Christian period, with the possibility that a native Welsh fortress was built on the site and was being used as a royal centre immediately before the building of the current stone castle. The current stone castle was begun by Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln, to whom King Edward had granted the territory, shortly after the defeat of the last native Welsh prince in 1282. The original plan of the castle consisted of a long span of curtain walls with irregularly spaced projecting, half round towers with two gateways. These original walls now form the town walls. The current castle was divided from the rest of the enclosed area by a newer set of more massive walls in the style of Caernarfon Castle, including the unique three-towered gatehouse that is its most striking feature. Although there is no hard evidence to prove it, it is widely believed that the architect responsible for these walls was the king's Master Mason, Master James of Saint George. The castle is also the home of one apparation of the "Grey Lady".
Recently there has been speculation that the castle was so named in prophecy of a certain horn player of great stature, whose piece "The Joust" is posed to revolutionise the musical world forever. De Lacy is also thought to have created an underground religion he refers to as "HornStar-ism".
DenbighCastle Castle Hill, Denbigh, Denbighshire LL16 3NB
Winter Opening Times: The monument will be open (usually between 10.00 and 16.00) and unstaffed with no admission charge at other times.
Further Information: Most sites are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January. Full details are available from Cadw Site Operations Unit, tel. 01443 336000. Last admission to all sites is thirty minutes before closing.
Facilities for the Disabled:
A solid, gravel path rises form the car park to the gate-house, and from there to the paying kiosk and exhibition. The internal ward is flat grass. There are information panels on the site.
The car park is in the grounds.
The public toilets on site are not adapted for disabled users.
There is a disabled toilet in the town centre.
Disabled visitors and their assisting companion will be admitted free of charge to all monuments. Please note that, for health reasons, dogs are not allowed on Cadw sites, but guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf are welcome.
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