North Wales is an area with a rich history filled with legendary figures and tales to stimulate the soul. This will be very much in evidence if you pay a visit to Denbigh Museum on your next trip up to the area. Located just 30 minutes from our Seaview Holiday Home Park, this little attraction only opens sporadically throughout the year due to limited funding. However, this doesn’t stop them putting on some fantastic exhibitions.
Read on to learn more about their latest exhibitions at this free to enter museum.
learn about the Denbigh area
A primary aim of the museum is to educate visitors about the local area and Denbigh itself. One of the highlights are items from the Trefnant Toy Industry which was one of the most significant employment providers during the First World War.
The largest employer in the town was the North Wales Hospital, originally known as ‘the Asylum’. There is an interesting exhibition of this and also on the town’s Infirmary which was founded over 200 years ago.
Another fascinating artefact on display is a model depicting the town of Denbigh during the year 1610. This has been created based on a map of the town completed by John Speed during the era. Speed was one of the most prominent mapmakers of the Stuart period, and seeing his works come to life in such a manner is a real treat for history buffs.
Denbigh Museum also aims to celebrate historic figures originating from the area. This includes the famous preacher and journalist Thomas Gee who was born in Denbigh in 1815. Gee was one of the leading figures of the nationalist movement in Wales during the 19th century and is perhaps most famous for his various Welsh language publications – examples of which are on show at the attraction and for his famous printing works.
Another famous figure who is being celebrated currently at Denbigh Museum is the Welsh Formula One driver Tom Pryce who to this day is still the only Welshman ever to win a race in Formula One machinery.
You will be afforded the opportunity to learn more about Pryce via the various news clippings as well as getting the opportunity to see some of the many trophies that he picked up during his all too short career. Also on show is the mould for the mural which was completed by local artist Neil Dalrymple and can be seen in Ruthin.
The Welshman was one of the historical figures which was chronicled as part of our Welsh Year of Legends feature last year. We recommend having a read of our blog post before visiting the museum so as to truly appreciate the impact that Pryce had on the motor racing community and why he is considered by many to be one of the sports lost champions. A racing car on loan from Cardiff University is currently on display – until the end of the exhibition in late October.
pay a visit to Denbigh museum
If you are looking for free attractions in North Wales and have a keen appreciation for history, then Denbigh museum is the ideal place to visit the next time you are staying at one of our North Wales holiday parks.
The museum is free to enter for guests with free parking also provided. However, donations are welcomed on account of the limited funding that they receive. Opening times are also limited to:
- Monday – 2pm – 4pm
- Thursday – 2pm – 4pm
Whilst in Denbigh, why not take a tour around this quaint little market town and pay a visit to Denbigh Castle; a classic Edwardian castle where you can enjoy breath taking views of the surrounding countryside.