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Connahís Quay Dock, Connahs Quay

Connahís Quay Dock
The Port has a history spanning 500 years, ending with its demise in the 1960s when the slipway access to the Dee was eventually lost. The recently formed Quay Watermanís Association (QWA) aims to restore the Grade II listed dock and has recently opened The Quayside tearooms, situated in the Kathleen and May Centre (formerly the Sea Cadet Centre), serving a selection of hot and cold drinks and delicious homemade cakes and snacks. Visitors can also book River Dee boat trips for all abilities.

tel: 07768301503

address: Dock Road, Kathleen And May Centre, Connah

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Llwyni Nature Reserve, Connahs Quay

Llwyni Nature Reserve
This large reserve is situated on the edge of Connahís Quay. It consists of a range of different of habitats including grassland, semi-ancient woodland and ponds. The site has SSSI status and is also a Special area of Conservation (SAC) and a Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

address: Connahs Quay

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Conwy Water Gardens, Conwy

Conwy Water Gardens
Conwy Water Gardens are set in a woodland valley within the Snowdonia National Park. Enjoy discovering Capybaras, Pheasants, Fantail pigeons, feeding the ducks and watching the Otters and much more wildlife.

The Dutch Pancake House Restaurant is superb, with over 60 different types of pancake to choose from over afternoon tea.

There is a well stocked aquatic centre with over 100 species of fish and a reptile house, both selling equipment. The only activity that costs is the lake coarse fishing. Fishing tackle hire is available.

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tel: 01492 650063

address: Conwy Water Gardens, Glyn Isa, Rowen, Conwy, North Wales, LL32 8TP

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Caer Drewyn Hillfort, Corwen

Caer Drewyn Hillfort
This ancient monument is testament to what was once an impressive hill fort, overlooking the River Dee, and what were once Iron Age route-ways through the rolling mountains. At a later time a stone fort structure was built here. Today just the stone built rampart exists, and the hill itself of course, offering amazing views of Corwen. There are both steeper and more gradual routes up to the forte, with a bench on the steeper route, to rest and have a picnic before continuing up. For those in good health, this is an easily conquered walk.

address: Corwen

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Queens Park, Crewe

Queens Park
Opened in 1887, little has changed in the layout of this lovely Grade II listed public park. There are however a great many more activities to be enjoyed, including a children's play area, outdoor gym, ornamental lake, crown green bowling, Boules, refurbished lodges, bandstand, cafe, BMX Track, boating during summer months, the start of the Sustrains Cycleway from Crewe to Nantwich, a large lake, Victorian Clock tower, a manmade waterfall and several statues and fountains.

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tel: 01270686708

address: Queen

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Denbigh Library, Denbigh

Denbigh Library
Denbigh library was built in 1572 as a Shire Hall, by Queen Elizabeth Iís favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. In those days the colonnades were open to accommodate a Market Hall. The building which is peaceful and attractive offers everything you would expect from a modern day library, including a vast multitude of books, the opportunity to order specific books in, to view their art exhibits, view the library archives, and make use of computer and internet access, including printing and photo-copying facilities.

tel: 01745 816313

address: Hall Square, Denbigh LL16 3NU

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Denbigh town walls, Denbigh

Denbigh town walls
The historic town of Denbigh, meaning Little Fortress, began to grow after being conquered by Edward I in 1282, who began the construction of Denbigh Castle, which offered protection, but was in turn, protected by the town walls. In 1643 its walls defended a royalist garrison in the civil war. They surrendered in 1646 and the walls were allowed to fall into ruin. This was good for the fortress town, allowing it to become one of the largest and richest market towns in Elizabethan Wales. You can still walk around the remains today.

address: Denbigh

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Leicesterís Church, Denbigh

Leicesterís Church
Built in 1578 for Robert Dudley, this large Church Ruin still stands in the centre of Denbigh. It was Robertís intention to raise enough funds to turn this Church, into the new Protestant Cathedral, to replace St. Asaphís, but due to his unpopularity he was unable to raise the necessary funds. Local people were also so opposed to his plans, that they regularly destroyed parts of the work as it had been completed. Eventually the project was completely abandoned. It remains impressive none the less.

tel: 01443 336000

address: Denbigh

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St Hilaryís Chapel, Denbigh

St Hilaryís Chapel
Built into the Denbigh Walls in the 13th C; just the 15m tall tower and a short section of the West wall remains. The Chapel was due to be replaced by Leicesterís Church, but as that was never completed due to a lack of funds and local opposition, St Hilary's Chapel remained in use longer than expected. The Chapel was replaced when a new Church dedicated to St. Mary was built nearby. All except the tower became so dilapidated that it was demolished in 1923. The remaining tower is an impressive sight, with a 15th C battlement and gargoyles.

address: Denbigh

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Dyserth waterfalls, Dyserth

Dyserth waterfalls
This natural phenomenon has been a tourist attraction for more than 100 years. The River Ffyddion and the Fynnon Asa combine to cascade over a 70 foot drop creating the spectacular Dyserth waterfall. Next to the falls there are some impressive stone walls that once held a large waterwheel, but now frame the footpath that leads you up towards the Dyserth to Prestatyn walkway. Entry is 50p and there is a coffee shop selling snacks, drinks and ice creams. There are public toilets in the free car park, and a lovely garden with picnic benches.

address: Dyserth Rhyl Denbighshire/Sir Ddinbych Wales LL18 6AA

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