Mini guide to Flint
Flint is a small town on the south bank of the River Dee in the Welsh county of
Flintshire. To the east of Flintshire lies Cheshire, while to the south is Wrexham
and Denbighshire is to the west. It is a region rich in history, with plenty of
things for visitors to see and do.
Flint was first granted a royal charter in 1278 by King Edward I, who at the
same time also built Flint Castle, which overlooks the Dee Estuary. It was sacked
and dismantled by the Parliamentarians in 1646 but the ruins are still well
worth a visit.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, nearby Hawarden has two castles, one built
by Edward I while the other was once lived in by the British Prime Minister
William Gladstone. In the opposite direction lies Holywell, known as the Lourdes
of Wales for its curative waters at St Winifred's Well. During the Middle Ages
the well was a popular place among pilgrims, who visited it seeking help with
physical ailments. Nearby are the ruins of Basingwerk Abbey, while Iron Age
hill forts can be found at Caer Estyn, Moel Arthur and Penycloddiau.
Other attractions in the area worth visiting include Point of Ayr lighthouse,
Ewloe Castle and Bailey Hill in Mold. Also interesting is the picturesque town
of Caerwyswhich, which claims to be one of the smallest towns in Britain with
a royal charter.
Flint is accessible by car via the A548, while there is a railway station and
there are also regular National Express coach services to the town.
Selection of hotels in this region:
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