5 must do things in Denbighshire
World Heritage Site Canal, Llangollen
Our county is full of hidden gems, beautiful landscape and an award winning coastline. From walks along the beach to hiking up a mountain, visiting one of our epic castles to exploring a Pentonville style Jail or simply visiting one of our many quaint towns and villages. Denbigshire really has it all and can take quite a bit of time to explore every corner of our county.
So below are 5 things you simply must do when you are in Denbighshire……if you can’t fit it all in one day, why not make a holiday out of it!
Try one of our Water-Sports activities
If you are looking for an action packed holiday…..Denbighshire has you covered. A trip to the seaside at Rhyl will allow you to have a go at something different in Kite-surfing. This method of adventure activity is on the rise and with the Pro Kite-surfing centre situated on the coastline at Rhyl it is the best place to learn a new skill with qualified help. Rhyl’s beach has been noted as having perfect wind conditions all year round to Kite-surf and is growing amongst one of the best places to try out this activity.
For more white-water activities then the place for you is Llangollen. With so many providers in Llangollen you can do so many activities along the River Dee or the World Heritage site of the Llangollen Canal. You can go to Stand up Paddleboard UK for a taste of the growing trend of stand up paddleboarding along the canal (you can even take your dog onto the Paddleboard with you!). Or for a more adrenaline fuelled ride you can go white-water rafting along the mighty River Dee and test your strength against a mighty Welsh Rover whilst in the company of Llangollen Outdoors and their qualified staff. Or to walk a little more on the wild side why not go through the cliffs along the river on a Gorge Walk and get that adrenaline kick of jumping into a river and battling the white waters of the Dee Valley. With White Water Active company you can traverse the canyons and get woken up by the waters of Wales.
Discover the Hidden Gems of Ruthin
Ruthin is a renowned market town within Denbighshire and has had huge praise for it’s beauty from many visitors. However there are hidden gems that you might have missed once you were in the town.
The biggest attraction in Ruthin is the Pentonville Prison which is open to visitors on a seasonal basis. At Ruthin Gaol you can learn all about the prison system during the Victorian times and hear about the reforms to the system up until it’s closure at the end of the 20th century. However it’s not all doom and gloom as the Gaol has puzzles, quizzes, prisoner hunts and games to keep all entertained….so you can enjoy the history in a bit of peace! Also you can cress up as a prisoner and get that unforgettable souvenir shot and tell people back home that you did a couple of hours inside a Victorian prison.
After a trip to the Gaol why not stop off at the Craft Centre in Ruthin for a quick look at some of the stunning local artwork that are on display, you’ll be longer than you think once you start seeing and reading about some of the artwork on display. By this time you might be hungry for some lunch, well you’d be in the perfect place as the Cafe R in the craft centre is growing every week and with a great menu….you can satisfy your hunger with local produce and set within a relaxing atmosphere.
Following lunch, a trip to the house of 7 ages is next. Nantclwyd y Dre is a stunning timber framed house that has survived 7 ages and the interpretation of the house will guide you through all those ages and show the progression of the house. And if you caught the house on a nice day then you can visit the newly refurbished Lord’s Garden and meet the bees and wildlife that call Nantclwyd y Dre home.
Explore our coastline
Not to brag….however we have a stunning coastline in Denbighshire, which forms part of the world renowned North Wales coastal path. With the golden sands of the award winning beaches at Rhyl and Prestatyn, you can feel the sand in between your toes and relax to the soundtrack of the sea.
The coastal town of Rhyl is a renowned seaside town that has a stunning golden sands beach and plenty of things to do. Why not get in a movie at the see with the Vue Cinema which is located on the seaside promenade near the sky tower. Or you can have a night at the theatre with the newly refurbished Rhyl Pavilion which attracts fantastic west end shows, celebrity acts and a variety of different shows to make sure you find something worth watching. After the show why not dine in the new 1891 restaurant which is adjoined to the Pavilion theatre, for some stunning food with a sea view. Or for more amusing activities why not walk along the many arcade venues that make up the promenade of Rhyl and also for the little ones why not tire them out with a visit to the activity centre at the Palace Fun Centre.
Prestatyn Town is the seaside town that has a Blue Flag Beach. With plenty of sand space it is the perfect beach to relax on or to take a small stroll. With the town centre shopping outlets providing a lot of big brand shops for you to browse in, don’t let it take away from the beautiful town centre which is full of local shops that have a variety of good and local food for you to take back as a souvenir of your day at the beach.
Hike up a hill on the Clwydian Range or take in a rural walk
Denbighshire is well known for it’s hills and they uniquely define the area with their beauty and accessibility. With the central point being Moel Famau you’d be easily swayed to just explore this stunning mountain and reach Jubilee Tower for that epic 360 shot of the Clwydian Range……however there are so many more mountains for you to explore. And with the base of Loggerheads Country Park being situated in the forests of the Clwydian Range that has a cafe and gift shop with essential equipment you might need for a long walk.
If you are not into hiking then why not take one of the many walks that are in Denbigshire. They are walks that are tailored to all abilities with some walks providing a challenge for experienced walke4rs and others more aimed for beginner walkers. All of the walks take in the stunning surroundings of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that are brilliantly preserved by our partners in the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley AONB, and if you would like to see how you can help then volunteers are welcome to assist in anyway they can….so you can help preserve this unique landscape.
Dogs on leads are always welcome to Denbighshire, however if you are taking your dog on a rural walk (which we are sure they will love!) please keep them on a lead and not let them loose around the rural fields with sheep and other animal.
Castle-bag around Denbighshire
The best tour of Denbighshire is by visiting all of it’s castles. you could make a whole day of this tour but we recommend you spending a weekend in exploring the castles….so you don’t miss any of the history. With 4 castles to explore at Rhuddlan, Denbigh, Ruthin and Llangollen you can explore the historic castles whilst also having the base of the quaint towns that accompany each castle.
Our castles are all set within stunning locations and can be seen from the main roads that lead up towards the towns. Each with it’s own unique history and story you will see what battles and sieges they have survived, who built the castles and what year and the importance that they had for the English and Welsh people who occupied them. At Ruthin Castle you can even stay in the castle as it has been made into a luxury hotel with it’s own spa, so you can spend time in Denbighshire and awaken as a King or Queen everyday. Click on the button ‘Castles of Denbighshire’ for more information about our castles and details on opening times.
And if you have an appetite for more castles why not expand you holiday to include the castles in North East Wales…..all unique and all epic.