Building work on Flint Castle started in 1277 but no one was grumbling as the enormous workforce – believed to be around 2,300 labourers – were paid handsomely for it, largely owing to the fact that building a castle in such a hostile land was hard and dangerous work. The castle itself was a rectangular enclosure with four round towers at the corners, and was further protected by additional walls, a moat and some deep ditches. One of the round corner towers was larger than the others and protected by a moat. It also had its own kitchens, living quarters and chapel. Nowadays, this once vitally important castle is leading a quiet life hidden behind the modern town, standing lonely and forgotten on the marshy shores of the River Dee, and bypassed by tourists heading west. Photo credit: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw
Facilities – at a glance
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: 1 dedicated disabled parking space 100 metres away
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-4 (last admission 3.30). Closed 24-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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About the area
Wales’s most northeasterly county contains little in the way of big blockbuster attractions, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to see or do. Bounded by the Dee Estuary to the north and the Clwydian mountain range to the west, with the bright lights of Chester just over the border to the east, Flintshire has been described as both ‘the Gateway to Wales’ and ‘Wales in miniature’.
Much of the county’s greatest delights can be found in its landscapes. The purple-heathered Clwydian Range is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Talacre Beach sports a picturesque lighthouse and miles of world-famous sand dunes. And the Dee Estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a great place to spot wading birds.
St Winefride’s Well in Holywell is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, and the site of a famous Welsh legend – the well is said to have sprung up from the spot where Winifred was beheaded by Caradoc after refusing to marry him (A Morbid Taste for Bones, the first Cadfael novel, takes its plot from Winifred’s legend). It’s still a site of pilgrimage for some. Other Flintshire towns include former country town Flint, and the market town of Mold.
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