Even in decay this tower exudes power and importance. Its most impressive feature is its great gatehouse, although the centuries have not treated it kindly. There is also a statue of Edward I, now very weathered. As Edward’s funds were limited, he asked his friend the Earl of Lincoln, Henry de Lacey, to build this castle for him. An unusual feature is the steeply sloping barbican that protected the back of the castle. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Main area of the castle is even and accessible, some areas have slopes and steps
- Facilities: Portable induction loop, disabled parking space can be booked in advance, 3 picnic tables with wheelchair sections
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-5 Nov, daily 10-5; 6 Nov-Mar, Sun-Wed 10-4 (open & unstaffed), Thu-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4 (last admission 30mins before close). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
Also in the area
About the area
The north-east Wales county of Denbighshire shares a name – though not the same borders – with one of Wales’s thirteen historic counties. It includes the seaside holiday towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn; the medieval county town of Denbigh; and the tiny cathedral town of St Asaph.
Pretty Llangollen in the south of the county is part of the 11-mile UNESCO World Heritage Site beginning at the Horseshoe Falls, in Denbighshire’s Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and following the Llangollen Canal along its length to Thomas Telford’s cast iron Pontcysyllte Aqueduct just over the border in neighbouring Wrexham.
Today, the county is predominantly rural, with sheep and cattle rearing in the upland areas. Much of the economy is based around tourism, with plenty of holiday cottages and B&Bs available around the seaside towns, while attractions further inland include plenty of castles – try Rhuddlan, Denbigh, Dinas Bran or Bodelwyddan – the Llangollen–Corwen heritage railway and the Victorian Ruthin Gaol.
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