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Museums in Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham

Denbigh Library and Museum
The building housing Denbigh museum was originally a 16th Century market hall

A guide to the region's local museums, including artefacts, exhibitions, facilities and weblinks.

Buckley Library and Museum
WWI hero Fred Birks
Buckley WWI hero Fred Birks

The museum tells the story of Buckley's place as a major centre for the pottery and brick industries from medieval times through to the 20th Century.

It also houses an extensive collection of old photos showing the old industries, street scenes and people of the town over the years, including medals and photos of World War I hero Fred Birks who received a Victoria Cross for his actions in battle.

Address: Buckley Museum, The Precinct, Buckley, Flintshire, CH7 2EF

Email: museums@flintshire.gov.uk

Website: Flintshire Council

Cae Dai 50s Museum

Otherwise known as Denbigh's 50s museum, it is run by Sparrow Harrison and is well known in the area featuring a range of objects, including vehicles used in the Great Train Robbery. The museum suffered a big fire in December 2009.

Admission: There is an admission charge for the museum.

Address: Cae Dai, Lawnt, Denbigh, Denbighshire LL16 4SU

Email: info@50smuseum.org.uk

Website: Cae Dai 50s Museum

Denbigh Library, Museum and Gallery
Denbigh Library and Museum
Denbigh Library and Museum

The building itself is of historic importance, once serving as the old town police station and magistrates' court. But it was originally built by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, as a market hall in the 16th Century.

Today, it houses a small museum with artefacts relating to the town's past, including a hand cast of its most famous and controversial sons, the journalist and explorer, Henry Morton Stanley.

Address: Denbigh Library and Museum, Hall Square, Denbigh, LL16 3NU

Email: library@denbighshire.gov.uk

Website: Denbighshire Council

Greenfield Valley Museum
Greenfield Valley
Greenfield Valley

Situated in the 70 acre Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, near Holywell, the Greenfield Valley Museum offers a glimpse of how life used to be.

You can explore reconstructed historic buildings, including a Victorian school room and a 16th Century farmhouse and learn about traditional farming methods.

Visitors can also see farm animals, visit adjacent Basingwerk Abbey and explore the industrial heritage of Greenfield Valley.

Admission: There is an admission charge for the museum.

Address: Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Basingwerk House, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 7GH

Email: info@greenfieldvalley.com

Website: Greenfield Valley

Llangollen Motor Museum

The collection includes more than 60 vehicles such as pedal cars, model T Ford, 30/98 Vauxhall, Austins and Citroens. Among the motor bikes are the Norton, Triumph, Ariel, Sunbeam and B.S.A. Plus, autojumble, parts, spares and collectables.

Address: Pentre Felin, Llangollen, Denbighshire LL20 8EE?

Website: Llangollen Motor Museum

Llangollen Museum

Llangollen Museum has been open since 2002 when it was set up by a group of volunteers to provide information about the heritage of the town.

Its archive contains more than 5,000 artefacts, photographs, documents and reference books, most of which can be searched via the museum website.

Address: Parade Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire LL20 8PW?

Email: enquiries@llangollenmuseum.org.uk

Website: Llangollen Museum

Mold Library and Museum
Gold Cape
Mold's Gold Cape

The museum traces the history of Mold with a number of bronze age treasures including, axes, jewellery and a replica of the priceless Gold Cape

Meanwhile, you can experience Victorian Mold through the eyes of Welsh novelist Daniel Owen who is seen in his reconstructed study and tailor's shop.

Address: Mold Library, Museum and Gallery, Earl Road, Mold, Flintshire, CH7 1AP

Email: museums@flintshire.gov.uk

Website: Flintshire Council

Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre
Rhyl pier in the 1800s
Rhyl pier in the 1880s

Rhyl Museum provides an entertaining insight into the seaside resort. Look in the old-fashioned kiosks and discover objects from times gone, walk down the 'pier' as it once was and see an Edwardian view of the beach and town.

Plus, look at the toys, games and other entertainments from bygone age, learn about the World War II from a local perspective, as well as some of Rhyl's old personalities.

Address: Rhyl Library, Museum and Art Centre, Church Street, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 3AA

Email: library@denbighshire.gov.uk

Website: Denbighshire Council

Wrexham County Borough Museum
Wrexham Lager van
Wrexham Lager delivery van

Currently closed for a major refurbishment, the new-look museum on Regent Street will allow more of its collections to go on display for the first time.

The county borough's important industries and trades such as coal, steel, brick and tile and clock making will also be featured alongside displays about social history and stories of local people.

There are also a number of heritage museums in the county of Wrexham, including Minera Lead Works and Bersham Heritage Centre. More details can be found by visiting Wrexham Council website.

Address: County Buildings, Regent Street, Wrexham, LL11 1RB

Email: museum@wrexham.gov.uk

Website: Wrexham Council





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