Denbighshire Record Office

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Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych) Record Office, known as Denbighshire Archives, collects and preserves resources relating to the county to safeguard them for present and future generations but does not include the area administered by Conwy Borough Council.  

These resources include documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs and date from the twelfth to the twenty-first century. 

They are on many different kinds of medium, including books, CD-ROM, microfilm and paper.

The Office's aims are to collect documents relating to the history of the area, preserve them for future generations, and to make these resources accessible to the public.  

The records and documents will be of use whether you are researching the history of a house, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, tracing your family history or studying the history of your local area.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always available to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Contact Information for Denbighshire Record Office


Denbighshire Archives
The Old Gaol 

46 Clwyd Street 
LL15 1HP

Telephone Number:

01824 708250



For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and their popular collections page which contains details of their holdings.  These collections include:

  • Birth, Death and Marriage Registers
  • Census Returns
  • Court Records
  • Deeds
  • Newspapers
  • Parish Records
  • Tithe Apportionments
  • Trade Directories

Opening Hours

Opening hours can be found by going to their opening times page.

Location and Directions

No on-site parking is available at Denbighshire Archives unless you are a blue badge holder.  The nearest car parks are Park Road car park and Crispin Road car park.  

The nearest railway stations are in Rhyl and Wrexham. From either of these stations it is possible to catch a bus to Ruthin.  It takes 50 minutes from Wrexham, and over 1 hour from Rhyl.  The nearest bus stop to the Archive is on Market Street.  Walking from there to the Archive takes approximately 5-10 minutes.  You should go west to St Peters Square, and then take the exit to Clwyd Street and go downhill.  If you turn into the first gate, you will see the Archive.

Booking in Advance

It is always advisable to book before visiting if you would like to use a computer or microfilm reader. Items only available on microfilm include Census Returns, Parish Registers, Newspapers and Tithe Apportionments.

If you arrive without making a booking, you will only be accommodated if there is enough space and sufficient facilities.  You can, however, order the documents you would like to consult when you arrive by adding them to your wish list before visiting.

You are recommended to search the catalogue to see what items they hold before you visit.


You are able to take photographs of their records, but some restrictions apply as some documents are fragile and easily damaged.  Copies of documents can be taken by a member of staff.  The Office makes a charge to people using this service.


The building is fully accessible, with entry at ground level and lifts to all public areas inside.

If you have hearing difficulties, a hearing loop is available.  

Magnifying glasses are available to those with impaired eyesight.

Research Service

If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a Research Service.

Readers' Tickets

The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).  You are also able to register as a new user before you visit.

For further details of Record Offices covering Denbighshire, please view my page regarding Conwy Archive Service.

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