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“Excellent ruins to explore”
Review of Flint Castle

Flint Castle
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Flint
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

For anyone interested in History, or more specifically the English conquest of Wales, this is an excellent and free attraction with great views of the Dee estuary across to England. Even after studying Welsh castles as part of my degree, I was very surprised by the size and scale of the castle, as well as it's level of completeness compared to other castles in the UK. It was also very pleasing to see it had not been commercialised at all, no shops, souvenirs, no entry fee, nothing, just the castle, it's surrounding marshland and dry moat. The site has 360 degree access via the well beaten, though unofficial, tracks around it. There is also free parking next to the coastguard centre and not so mighty Flint United Football Club! The only thing the site could have done with was a bit more about the history and high significance of the site. There were a couple of info boards, but these were more about nature and the coastline than history, though I accept it might be a bit insensitive to the locals to remind them of the conquest of their lands by the English, albeit in the reign of Edward I 700 yrs ago! I guess there is enough on the Internet about the history if you want it anyway!

1  Thank TeacherMark
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Our Grandchildren are three and six years old and travelled patiently on a 40 minute drive to Flint Castle. We could park next to the Castle which has magnificent views across the Estuary but the two boys were already pulling their plastic shields and sponge rubber swords out of the car and were running towards the castle gates. Although technically a ruin it has turrets and walls and even better has lots of grass to run from tower to tower. The attraction is free and without any tourist frills and is the better for that. The two young Knights tired within an hour and we ate our sandwiches on a handy bench inside the castle. There are some good coastal walks starting from the castle but no beach so we took our bucket and spades further along the coast to complete the day.

Thank Harry C
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Flint Castle overlooks the Dee estuary. Although it's quite a ruin it has some interesting points and open window arches from which you can get an excellent view of the estuary. There's a lovely car park with wonderful views, and a lawned area with picnic tables and seats, all with a beautiful view of the castle and estuary. A long walkway is open to the public that goes along the estuary banks. perfect for those in wheelchairs as its very straight and hard surfaced.. There are chip shops, McDonalds, and other varieties of shops in the vicinity, so great for picking up your lunch and a drink before going down to the castle car park and enjoying the views while you dine. Unfortunately there's no swimming or paddling areas for children or adults at the site, but if you like ruins and lovely views in a quiet setting then this should interest you, and children have freedom to run around..

1  Thank Sandra H
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Reviewed June 12, 2013

One of my favourite Castles of North Wales. Just love walking around the grounds and soaking up the atmosphere of what went on in these castles years ago.
Today right on the coast at Flint on the Dee Estuary with views across to the Wirral. Good pathways and woodland nearby. Love it

1  Thank HarryS70
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

Beautiful old castle based right on the coast at Flint. Sadly we visited late on a Sunday afternoon so the gates were locked, but you could still get up close. Very picturesque aspect based right on the river Dee, and there's a properly defined pathway to walk around and explore the nearby woodland.

1  Thank Oldbrookie
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