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Denbighshire – The oldest inhabited part of Wales

Denbighshire is a county located in north-east Wales and is said to be the oldest inhabited part of Wales. Remains of Neanderthals (from 225,000 years ago) have been found on sites in the area.

The county is mainly hilly moorland, with a small coastal area to the north. There is no heavy industrial activity in Denbighshire and much of the economy relies on agriculture (wheat and barley crops) and tourism, with some rearing of livestock (sheep and beef cattle) and dairy farming.

Reasons to visit Denbighshire

Plenty to see and do in Denbighshire and caters for most interests. Walkers should enjoy the Llangollen Canal Walk, where you can walk across the River Dee alongside the canal and over the aqueduct (if you are not afraid of heights). For steam train enthusiasts you must try the Llangollen Railway, which is fun for adults and children.

Areas of historical interest will include Bodelwyddan Castle & Park. The castle dates back to the 15th century, but received extensive remodeling in the 19th century. The Park stages many events, including a Medieval Festival once a year (the second weekend in August), where old battles are reenacted.

If you are feeling adventurous and like Mountain Biking, then Adventure Mountain in Corwen is the place to go. But there are many other places worth a visit like the Dyserth Waterfall, the SeaQuarium in Rhyl, the Valle Crucis Abbey and Llangollen Wharf Boat Trips.

Entertainment and Dining in Denbighshire

With more than 60 restaurants in Denbighshire, you won’t go hungry. If you are looking for a “romantic” meal, try the Manorhaus in Ruthin. Others that have received good reviews include: On the Hill (Ruthin), Barratt’s of Tyn Rhyl and the Corn Mill (Llangollen), which is suitable for children. If you like your nightlife to be on the “heavy” side, there is the Tivoli night club.

Accommodation in Denbighshire

There are plenty of places to stay and you can choose from Hotels, B&Bs, Guest Houses, Self Catering and Camping. Ruthin Castle Hotel offers a mediaeval setting and has a good range of facilities.