The Birthplace of Modern Welsh: Dolbelydr Open Days

Trefnant, Denbighshire, North Wales

Friday 19 April, 10am-4pm

Saturday 20 April, 10am-4pm

Sunday 21 April, 10am-4pm

Monday 22 April, 10am-4pm. 

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 Dolbelydr is a fine example of a 16th-century gentry house with a good claim to be the birthplace of modern Welsh - it was here that Henry Salesbury wrote his Grammatica Britannica, the first Welsh grammar.

Set in a timeless and quiet valley, this 16th-century gentry house has many of its original features, including a first floor solar open to the roof beams. We have taken the house back to its original form, to a building its owner, Henry Salesbury, would recognise if we travelled back in time to the 1580s. "Meadow of the Rays of the Sun" is one translation of the name Dolbelydr, which rings especially true as you gaze at the sunlight slanting across the ground from the mullioned windows down this tranquil valley.

Free public open days are an opportunity to see inside this important local landmark and learn more about its history and restoration. Take time to look around at your own pace with knowledgable Landmark staff on hand to provide information. 

Information on the building's history will be available in English and Welsh, along with children's activity sheets. 

Pre-booking preferred via Eventbrite. 

Finding Us

Dolbelydr can be a little tricky to find. Follow these directions and look out for open day signage: Click here for location 

  • Just after entering the outskirts of St Asaph, turn left at the mini roundabout (by the Cathedral) and continue on the A525 to Trefnant.
  • At the traffic lights in Trefnant village turn right on to the B5428 signposted Henllan. (If travelling from Denbigh on the A525 turn left at the traffic lights in Trefnant village on to the B5428)
  • Follow the B5428 road over a small crossroads and continue for about another half mile. On the left is a gateway and a small lodge and immediately after, on the right, is the entrance to Bryn Wgan Farm (a BRYN WGAN sign is attached to the right gate pillar of the entrance).
  • Turn right down this private lane and follow it until just before you reach the farmyard. The access track to Dolbelydr is through the gate on your right opposite a large oak tree.


Please note that parking is limited on site. There is a long gated access track to get to the property. There are narrow and steep stairs in the building to reach the first floor. 

We do all we can to enable access wherever possible; for further information or if you have any access concerns that you’d like to discuss before visiting, please contact our Booking Enquiries team on 01628 825925 or [email protected]. The Booking Office is open Mon to Fri - 9am to 5pm.

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