Flintshire & North Wales

Having booked your weekend in North Wales at Gateway to Wales Hotel you'll undoubtedly want to start planning your busy schedule!

With plenty to do around Flintshire and the North Wales border you're sure never to get bored.

The county of Flintshire, also known as the Gateway to Wales, has plenty to offer - especially to those who love the great outdoors. Steeped in history and residing in beautiful countryside, Flintshire is a haven for those that love long walks with great views and delicious food in friendly rural pubs. Flintshire also has one of the most stunning coastlines in the area, making it an excellent holiday destination. The county benefits from excellent road and rail links and is just a short journey from our hotel.

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Flintshire & North Wales

The Witch's Pool

Hidden in the crack of a long and winding lane secreted in the folds of Flint Mountain stands “Pwll –yr-wrach” translated as the Witches Pool.

Caerwys is the smallest town in Britain according to the Guinness Book of Records

Caerwys was granted two Royal Charters - the first one was in 1351, which confirmed the town as a Municipal Borough.

The Gladstone Library in Hawarden was founded by 4 times Prime Minister William Gladstone.

With 32,000 books it’s not the memorial to his life and work.

The Mold Cape is one of Britain’s most famous ancient artefacts.

The cape was discovered in Mold by a gang of workmen from the local workhouse discovered the cape in 1833.

The Wings of Airbus Planes are sailed down the River Dee

The wings made at Broughton are too large to be taken as air-freight so they are transported by barge down the River Dee to the Flintshire Port of Mostyn

Buckley used to be famous as a brick making town

At one time there were 25 brickworks in and around Buckley in Flintshire, North Wales.

RAF Sealand was originally a Civilian Airfield

RAF Sealand was originally a civilian airfield and was taken over by the military in 1916 for training.

Flintshire & North Wales


Some useful catchphrases when out and about in Flintshire:

  • What’s Up – Be’ sy’n bod?
  • Welcome to Flintshire – Croeso i Sir Y Fflint
  • Good Morning – Bore Da
  • Good Afternoon – P’nawn Das
  • Goodbye – Hwyl Fawr
  • Thank you – Diolch
  • No Thank you – Dim Diolch
  • Cup of Coffee – Paned o Goffi
  • Cup of Tea – Paned o De
  • Cheers – Iechyd Da
Flintshire & North Wales

Visit the town of Mold and barter your way along the street markets. There is also an annual food and drink festival, where you can sample the very best in local produce.

Bring your bike along and experience some of the best cycle routes in the UK! The National Cycle Network has devised many different cycle routes for cyclists of all abilities. Try route 5 where you will find gentle flat planes right through to country lanes up in the hills, offering unbeatable views of the Dee estuary.

For those of you interested in arts and crafts a visit to Afonwen Craft and Antique Centre is a must! Here you will find thousands of quality crafted items from Celtic jewellery to sculptures and locally turned wood. Demonstrations and exhibitions are held weekly throughout the year and admittance is free.

Flint, like Mold, is a small but beautifully formed town with its very own street market. There are plenty of pubs and tea shops to rest your weary legs after a day of bargain hunting in the fresh air. Flint also boasts its own medieval castle for those of you interested in history.

Affectionately known as one of the seven wonders of Wales, St Winefride’s Well is one of Flintshire’s most popular tourist attractions. Legend has it that for over 1400 years those that have asked favours at the well have had their petitions answered. Whether you believe or not, St Winefride’s well is a sight to behold.