Towns and Places
Explore fascinating towns such as Mold with its bustling street market, Daniel Owen Museum and annual Food and Drink festival; Holywell with its market and home to St. Winefride’s Well; Flint with its medieval castle and Talacre & Gronant with its Yellow Flag award winning beach – just a few of the sites and places to explore Flintshire’s welcoming culture.Traditional forms of shopping exist throughout the county and we have Broughton Retail Park where many high street names are located.
A traditional market town nestling beneath the Clwydian Hills. There has been a street market in Mold since medieval times and today it is still the biggest and the best market in North Wales. A different shopping experience every day of the week. Street Markets are held every Wednesday & Saturday (between 9am and 3:30pm) throughout the year. You will find this busting market held on the High Street and through to Daniel Owen Square. You are able to find 70+ traders waiting to entice you with a great bargain, something different or just take in the atmosphere of the busiest street market in North Wales. The town plays host to a wide range of events which feature an annual Food and Drink Festival and the North Wales Blues and Soul Festival. As a gateway to the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you will have access to fabulous countryside, all within easy reach.
A visit to Theatr Clwyd is a must. It’s the leading producing theatre in Wales. It’s also a cinema, concert venue, exhibition space, restaurant and book shop. And there’s a jolly nice view from the bar.
Holywell takes its name from the town’s major feature, the historic St Winefride’s Well; one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. A grade 1 listed building and scheduled ancient monument built at the beginning of the 16th century, this sophisticated and beautiful building is a gem of late perpendicular architecture and is unique in the world. The well has been a place of continuous pilgrimage for over 1300 years.
As a designated Walkers Welcome town you’ll have access to some of the best countryside in North East Wales. A annual walking festival in June has three days of led walks all of which vary in length.
The town plays host to a wide programme of events. Details of which can be found here
Greenfield Valley Heritage & Country Park is a 1½ mile-long linear park following the course of the Holywell stream between the town and the estuary of the River Dee. The park includes woodland walks, five small lakes including a fishing lake all teeming with wildlife, plus a farm museum and preserved buildings and other reminders of the valley’s industrial past.
North Wales Pilgrims Way
Today a route has been way marked, linking ancient churches dedicated to the saints of the 6th century whose gentle faith, entwined with a sense of the beauty and wonder of nature, still echoes with us today. Basingwerk Abbey marks the start of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way. The route leads through woodland and over rivers, up mountains and along coast paths, through wilderness and into villages. It celebrates the heritage of those Celtic saints whose stories are lost in the mists of time but whose memory reverberates in ancient churches and at holy wells along the way.
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Wonder at the ruins of Flint Castle, which was the first of Edward I’s formidable ring of castles along the North Wales coast. Imagine it in its heyday when it served to assert his authority across the surrounding area. Ponder on the changing face of Flint’s Coast. This former military stronghold and port was a seaside and a bustling industrial area. Now it is peaceful again, internationally important for its birdlife, and a refreshing place to walk. Savour the wide views out to sea, the dramatic industrial skyline to the east, the haunting calls of seabirds, the soft green of the salt marsh, and the tang of the sea air. You can explore the coast using the newly developed Wales Coast Path, either parking at one of the car parks beside the castle, walking from the town along Swinchiard Brook, or from the train station. Flintshire’s Coast stretches for 25 miles/40km from Chester to Gronant. The Dee Estuary is a very special place where industry old and new sits alongside historic gems such as Flint Castle, surrounded by internationally important wildlife. The path is well waymarked and there are plenty of places to stop along the way for a well-earned rest. Many of the viewpoints have panels or artworks, telling the story of the coast and the people who have shaped it.
If you haven’t got time to walk the length of the path then here are 5 essential things to do along Flintshire’s Coast. √ See boats and the fishermen at Greenfield Dock √ Explore Flint Castle and Point √ Soak up the view from Bettisfield √ Enjoy the sunset from Connah’s Quay Dock √ Search for shells on Talacre Beach
Seafaring & shipbuilding were once the principal industry in Connah’s Quay with three slipways between The Rock and The Old Quay House. Between 1857 and 1957, over 50 ships were built here, some of which were up to 300 tonnes! The main cargo would have been bricks and tiles from Buckley to Northop Hall but they also carried a variety of other loads including timber, pig iron to manure. The Heritage Centre within Connah’s Quay Library display’s artefacts of local interest relating to the industrial history of Connah’s Quay.
Wepre Country Park
Bring the kids to the best play area in the County, explore Wepre brook, or just take a walk through the remains of the grand estate of Wepre Hall and its attractive woodlands to the 12th Century ruins of Ewloe Castle. Information about the park, the annual countryside events programme and refreshments are all available at the Visitor Centre. Free car park. www.flintshire.gov.uk/countryside
At Deeside Leisure Centre you can skate on an Olympic-sized Ice Rink. Go skateboarding, climb a wall or tackle a high ropes course in the Extreme Zone. And unwind afterwards in Wales’ first public day spa. www.flintshire.gov.uk/leisure
National Cycle Path Route 5
Pedal power is a great way to get around the County www.sustrans.org.uk
The heritage trail will guide you round the areas and the buildings of historic interest, identifying the public amenities in the area. Enjoy taking in the history of the area. For more information you can visit Buckley Library/Museum. The trails can be joined at any of the locations. The Trail has been divided into two colour code’s, blue for the Town Trail and red for the Heritage Trail. Buckley has a pedestrianized Town Centre, a modern shopping precinct, ample car parking and a variety of shops able to supply all goods and services.
Explore Saltney immediately to the west of the border with Cheshire in England and was the gateway to Wales for the Roman Legions based in Chester and still is one of the most used routes into North Wales today. The name is derived from the former salt marshes on which it is built, lying on the bank of the River Dee. It was once the terminus of Sir John Glynne’s Canal and was famous for shipbuilding and chain making.
EXPLORE OUR COAST – TALACRE AND GRONANTRSPB website. Drop into the Visitor Information Point at Dangerpoint and find out all the things you can explore and enjoy during your time in the area. http://www.dangerpoint.org.uk
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