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Castle:Flint Castle (Cadw)

  • Cadw Welsh Government

Castle, free entry

Flint Castle

Flint Castle


Fans of military architecture make a bee-line for Flint. The first castle to be founded as part Edward I’s campaign against Llywelyn ap Gruffydd (Llywelyn the Last) in north Wales, it boasts a unique and unusually sophisticated design. Started in 1277 and largely completed by 1284, the castle is dominated by the great tower (or donjon) at its south-east corner. Surrounded by its own moat and accessed via a drawbridge, it’s essentially a castle within a castle. Built with exceptionally thick walls and equipped with all the facilities required to withstand a siege, it was presumably intended to be a final refuge in the event of an attack.

Flint Castle is also famous as the location of a fateful meeting in 1399 between Richard II and his rival to the crown Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), an event immortalised in Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Children welcomeDogs acceptedSmoking not allowed

Opening Details

Open all the time

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Free entry






Plan route to Flint Castle (Cadw) using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SJ 247731  Lat: 53.25025 Long: -3.12907

Travelling north-west on the A548 into Flint, pass the Fire Station on right and turn next right (signed Castle Park); continue on this road to the Castle.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Flint station


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed