"The smallest town in Britain with a Royal Charter"

Overview of Caerwys

Caerwys, the smallest town in the UK with a Royal Charter, is a booming rural town known for its royal charm, unique character and breathtaking landscapes. Situated on a wide plateau overlooking the stunning Clwydian Range, this small, idyllic borough is the definition of heaven on earth.


Like many other Flintshire towns and villages, Caerwys possesses a long, bewitching past consisting of prehistoric tribes, Bronze Age burial grounds and discoveries including the incredible golden torc accompanied by fascinating tales of royalty.


Whilst royal intervention has played its part along the way, culture and social history has crafted the town’s identity through the years.


Located only 2 miles from junction 31 off the A55 North Wales Expressway, Caerwys is a community used to welcoming visitors, holidaymakers and holiday homeowners throughout the centuries and with its rolling hills, luscious green grass and wildlife in abundance it’s easy to see why.


Offering hospitality to visitors from far and wide has played a pivotal role in the modest borough’s survival and evolution, defining the town it is today.

Six facts about Caerwys

  1. Caerwys is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
  2. Edward I granted the town its Royal Charter in 1290, making it a free trading borough and the only true Welsh Town and settlement in North Wales.
  3. Caerwys is known as the birthplace of the eisteddfod in North Wales.
  4. Some of the earliest visitors to Caerwys were pilgrims seeking cures for eye problems at St Michael’s Holy Well.
  5. Caerwys has had a pioneering veterinary practice since 1816.
  6. The Old Gaol (now a private house) on South Street was once linked to Old Court (another private dwelling) by an underground tunnel that sits under the High Street.

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Find out more about Caerwys

Although small in size, Caerwys is bursting with colour, life and adventure. With something for everyone, you can socialise and eat the day away at one of the town’s  pubs, restaurants, On The Corner Café and sports bars. At the front line is one of Caerwys’ ever popular eateries, The Piccadilly Inn. With this local hotspot famed for its diverse, mouth-watering food and warm, welcoming atmosphere, adding this one to the to-do list is a must!


Furthermore, Caerwys houses many budding local businesses, including a popular local butchers and homely cafe.


Stay for awhile and rest your head at one of Caerwys’ peaceful retreats. Escape from reality and the everyday humdrum by surrounding yourself with scenic views offered by most holiday parks in the locality.  Rent a lodge overlooking lakes at the Herons Lake Retreat, or why not unwind in comfort at the cosy Coach House Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Maes Y Coed, a perfect location for those of you looking for a quiet corner to watch the world go by and explore the local area on foot. And for those of you who who seek a Holiday Home location in North Wales, you have plenty to explore, as they all offer something unique and special with views to write home about!


Caerwys’ picturesque location is perfect for you adventurers and wildlife-lovers out there. With multiple rural walks in and around Caerwys, including the Green plaque trail, you can explore and uncover the beautiful sights the wondrous town has to offer. Take a walk through Caerwys’ ancient woodland and discover all the beautiful creatures hidden in plain sight. Home to beautiful birds, butterflies, herbivores and intriguing agricultural finds, Caerwys is a sight to be seen!

In addition to this, Caerwys is also a part of the Flintshire Leisure Tour, along with Mold, Hawarden, Flint, Holywell and many more, making a great addition to the assorted vistas and venues scattered around the county.


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