The castle, which stands on a rocky promontory above the Welsh market town of Denbigh, Denbighshire, was built upon an earlier Welsh stronghold.
The main gatehouse (shown above) was heavily buttressed with three octagonal towers and a drawbridge. Once through the gatehouse you come into the main castle proper and it is a photographers dream. I spent a good three hours here just taking various HDR Photographs. Shown below is the East Wall and the Green Chambers.
Denbigh Castle was built on the site of a former Welsh stronghold held by Dafydd ap Gruffydd, the brother of Llywelyn the Last. The Welsh castle originally belonged to Llywelyn the Great. In 1230, an Abbot from England visited Llywelyn the Great at his new castle in Denbigh.
The current stone castle was begun by Henry de Lacy, 3rd Earl of Lincoln on territory given to him by Edward I after the defeat of the last Welsh prince, Dafydd ap Gruffudd in 1282. The Welsh castle was then torn down and work began on a new English fortress. At the same time, De Lacy was also granted a Royal Charter to create a new English borough and town. The fortress is commanding and sitting as it does on top of a hill provides amazing views across the surrounding Welsh countryside.
As I said earlier I spent a fair amount of time taking photos here. One of the great things about Denbigh castle is the fact that you can clamber over the upper walls and passageways so I’ll leave you with this final image from the top of the East Wall.
Today, Denbigh Castle is in the care of CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments. At certain times of the year (winter/early spring) entrance is free but you’ll need to check with the CADW site to see exactly when.
For further reading (and more photographs) about Denbigh Castle and other Castles in Wales visit Castles of Wales. Looking further afield to all of Britain then check out Castles of Britain, both sites are owned and operated by Lise Hull
Technical Note: All images in this post were shot with a Samsung GX10 and 18-55mm standard kit lens. The camera was mounted on a Redsnapper Tripod with ball head. Each HDR image was a bracket of 5 (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2), processed using SNS-HDR Pro.
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