Greetings blog readers!
Today, we woke up and the sun was shining again! I could hardly believe it. Another day in Wales without rain! After doing some errands in town Neal and I decided to use our CADW membership again to visit the Denbigh Castle. Before we left, we packed some sandwiches and snack bars and hit the road. It took us about 45 minutes to get to Denbigh from Wrexham, through the beautiful Welsh countryside.
Curious about the history of this castle? This is what CADW has to say:
Along with 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.
Henry de Lacy, one of the King’s loyal commanders, was given control of the area and had the task of building the new castle. He couldn’t go far wrong with the king’s master mason, James of St George, at his side. It wasn’t all plain sailing however. 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.
Check out the full history on Wikipedia.
When we arrived, we found that we were the only ones on the castle grounds, which was so fun…and allow me to become snap happy with my camera. We had a great walk around the entire castle grounds, sipping coffee from the guest center.
Curious what other pictures I took during the day? Check out my rotating slide show!
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On our way home we stopped at St. Asaph to photograph the cathedral. Post on it’s way!
All in all, it was a great Saturday outing. The whole trip took just about three hours, but wonderful to get out of town and visit an amazing historical site. Hope you had a wonderful Saturday.