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Denbigh Castle, Denbigh

Denbigh Castle
Defended by a unique triple towered gatehouse, Denbigh Castle sits above the market town of Denbigh.

This beautiful castle was built in two phases, starting in 1282 with the second phase in 1295.

Although a ruin, the castle outline and towers still exist and much of the walls and towers can be seen.

The facilities include free on site parking, cycle stands, toilets, baby changing facilities, Portable induction loop, exhibition, gift shop and light refreshments. Dogs on leads are welcome. Recommended day out.

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tel: 01745 813385

address: Denbigh Castle, Castle Hill, Denbigh, LL16 3NB

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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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The Parish Church of St. Bridget, Dyserth

The Parish Church of St. Bridget
The earliest parts of this Church date from the 13th C, but it is believed that there was a wooden Church here as early as 1086. Little is known of the Saints whom this Church was named after, but there are some interesting sights within the Church itself. Including a breathtaking Jesse stained glass window, a floor slab which depicts a knights grave, wooden buttresses in the ceiling dating from 1579, and memorial plaques that line the chancel. This historic building used as the first school in the village also has an impressive churchyard.

tel: 01745 570750

address: Waterfall Road, Dyserth, Rhyl LL18 6DB

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National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

National Waterways Museum
Based in the historic canal docks at Ellesmere Port The National Waterways Museum is a great activity for all the family to enjoy. Check out the displays in the victorian buildings or stroll among the locks and moorings.Take a boat ride on the Shropshire Union Canal where you can enjoy the fascinating industrial landscape. The tour guide will make sure you hear all about the canal past and present. The museum is accessible for wheelchairs and guide dogs are welcome.

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tel: 0151 355 5017.

address: National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire CH65 4FW

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Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet, Ellesmere Port

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Feeling like some retail therapy - visit Chesire Oaks and you won't be disappointed. With over 145 retail stores it is the Uk's largest shopping outlet. Find designer labels and your favourite brands with massive reductions - from sports wear, fashion to homewear there is something for all your shopping needs. There are plenty of places to rest your feet coffee shops, fast food outlets and restaurants. For the kids there are a number of play areas dotted around the village.

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tel: 0151 348 5600

address: Kinsey Rd, Ellesmere Port, South Wirral CH65 9JJ

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The Coliseum Leisure Park, Ellesmere Port

The Coliseum Leisure Park
Offering a great mix of leisure activites The Coliseum Lesiure Park is a great family destination for days out. See the latest films at My Vue Cinema, burn off some energy in the bowling alley and then enjoy a family dining experience in one of the many restuarants to choose from. There is a good range of shops and parking is free. Chesire Oaks Designer Outlet and the Marks and Spencer flagship store are both within walking distance.

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tel: 0161 277 7242

address: Coliseum Way Ellesmere Port Cheshire CH65 9HD

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