Culture and History
Explore Flintshire’s many sites of historical interest from a fascinating mix of mills and reservoirs charting the industrial past to medieval castles and abbeys. Explore St. Winefride’s Well – one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and Grade 1 listed building Gladstone’s Library in Hawarden – Britain’s finest residential library founded by Prime Minister William Gladstone in 1889.
Built in the 13th Century by King Edward I as part of an ‘iron ring’ of fortresses around Wales. In 1399 the castle witnessed the surrender of King Richard to Henry Bolingbroke, later Henry IV – a scene dramatically described by Shakespeare. It remains one of the most complete and atmospheric castles in the North Wales Borderlands. Entrance to the castle, in the care of CADW is free, and there are excellent views over the Dee Estuary.
Built in 1257 by Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, Prince of Wales amongst woodland at Ewloe. It fell into the hands of the English following Edward I’s conquest of Wales in 1284.
Built between 1277 and 1282 by Dafydd ap Gruffydd who launched an ill-fated rebellion against the English which led to Edward I’s successful military campaign in Wales. The ruined castle was rebuilt by Edward I but was abandoned shortly afterwards due to fire damage.