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Overview of Flint
Flint is a thriving settlement and the third most populated town in Flintshire, located on the Dee Estuary foreshore, with an array of unique attractions to explore, a spellbinding history and a Norman Castle to discover.
Flint, a former port and seaside resort, can be found alongside the beautiful River Dee which offers a coastal path and a variety of spectacles and marvels to explore, from various greenery and landscapes to wild birds inhabiting the marshes.
Flint’s history, like many other historical towns in North Wales (such as Mold and Hawarden), has bountiful fascinating tales and lore’s galore. This monumental location has seen countless battles, revolts and the erection of various historical builds; one notable monument being the Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint David.
In addition to this, Flint town is home to the fascinating 13th century Castle and the ruins today still offer a glimpse as to its important strategic position overlooking the shimmering nearby River Dee and distant Welsh hills. Flint Castle can be toured inside and out at your leisure, perfect for all those history buffs and adventurers out there. Furthermore, with free admission fees, easily accessible car parks and a dog friendly nature trail, this fairytale-like location almost seems too good to be true! Rain or shine, this local hotspot is truly a sight to be seen.
Treat your family to an educational, peaceful day out. With picnic in hand and numerous places to visit on your tour, there’s plenty of local pitstops to visit and explore, making it easy to sit back, relax, ponder and spend quality time with your family and friends, soaking in the beauty of Flint Castle and its stunning location.
Six facts about Flint
- The ever-famous William Shakespeare wrote about the defeat of King Richard the Second at Flint Castle in his well-known play ‘Richard II’.
- In 2016 and 1984 the famous Urdd National Eisteddfod took place in Flint on the fields of its very own secondary school. To welcome this spectacular event, approximately 3,000 children and young adults marched through the streets of Flint.
- Flint was once called Raddington.
- A unique statue of an 11 ft high steel human foot, produced by the talented Brian Fell, is situated outside of the Flint Railway Station towards the western end of the terminal and has been since 1999.
- Nearly 2,000 employees from far and wide worked hard building Flint Castle, operating under the orders of Edward the Frist.
- Flint survived and overcame numerous hardships that affected the town immensely, one of these troubles being the Great Plague of 1394, also known as the black death.
Find out more about Flint
A short walk from the mesmerising Flint Castle, you will find the peaceful Coastal path which runs along the River Dee, where you can amble for miles, taking in the blissful vast scenery, staggering monuments, intriguing wildlife and abstract artworks. This serene coastal path stretches over 25 miles from Chester to Gronant and is well waymarked with easy access. Flint’s Coastal walk is only a small part of the larger trail known as the Wales Coast Path. This picturesque trail is not only surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, but is also conveniently placed shops and cafes allowing you to rest whilst on your journey.
You can further research and learn about these astounding series of events and captivating locations whilst visiting Flint’s charming public library. Flint library, situated on Church St, is a bustling little information centre with several activities taking place throughout the week perfect for families wanting to try something new. Some of these projects include reading groups and a board game club where they encourage being social in a safe and relaxed environment. Flint library is a progressive, comprehensive establishment, catering to all whilst providing numerous facilities available for public use.
If that wasn’t impressive enough, Olympic Gold Medallist Jade Jones officially reopened Flint’s very own leisure centre in 2013 after it was rejuvenated and renamed in her honour. The now Jade Jones Leisure Centre caters for the whole family, with its soft play area for toddlers, swimming pool and a well laid out gym for all age groups – there really is something for everyone, especially when keeping active and entertained is on the agenda for holiday fun indoors.
Flint’s leisure centre isn’t just the go-to place for all your athletic and fitness needs, it’s also great for spending quality time with your loved ones. With a lively bowling alley and an affordable café for refreshments following a long day of fun and fitness, this thriving centre is perfect for fun-lovers too!
Or why not splash the cash at Flint’s ever popular retail park. With stores that cater to all of your needs you’re almost spoilt for choice!
After a long trip full of sightseeing, shopping, playing and learning, why not unwind and treat yourself to a quiet night in at the quaint Gaumont Plaza Cinema. This cosy 1930’s inspired cinema is a small independent business with great reviews and a retro atmosphere that’s hard to come by in the 21st century. What was once a derelict film house turned bingo hall, the Gaumont Plaza Cinema has been restored to its yesteryear vibe with over 80 years worth of film history to boot. Designed for comfort and nostalgia, this affordable, welcoming theatre is the perfect way to end your holiday time in Flint.
For more information visit the Flint official website at fflint.co.uk
Mold is the fascinating county town of Flintshire located along the River Alyn. The town is known for it’s backdrop of scenic beauty that includes, the awe inspiring Clwydian Range. Historic elements include; Mold Castle, St. Mary’s Church and Bailey Hill.
More Places of Interest
Bailey Hill, now known as Mold Castle, is a monumental site located in the town of Mold, Flintshire. With an interesting history, this Park is under reconstruction to embrace its past and make it more accessible to visitors. With stunning views, nature and winding paths, it’s a great distraction after a shopping trip.
You will find Buckley situated in the east of Flintshire only 6 miles from the English border. With the towns location resting on a high point of hills which extends between the valley of the River Alyn and the narrow plain beside the Dee Estuary, the spectacular Clwydian Range can be seen to the West too.
Flint Castle is a timeless medieval monument based in Flint, Flintshire. Home to intriguing tales of war and conquest, this sand and stone structure is one of historic importance. Although the site was once an outpost of war, it is now a splendid tourist attraction situated on the shores of the beautiful River Dee estuary.