The nearby villages of Hope and Caergwrle are steeped in history and boast many old and intriguing buildings. These include Hope Parish Church, thought to be the oldest in Flintshire, Plas Teg, an impressive Grade I listed country house, considered the finest example of Jacobean architecture in North Wales, and a seventeenth-century packhorse bridge.
The Bronze-Age Caergwrle Bowl
A magnificent bronze age artefact, known as the Caergwrle Bowl, was discovered by workmen digging in boggy ground near the River Alyn in 1823. This unique object, a votive offering fashioned in the shape of a boat, is now housed at the National Museum of Wales, in Cardiff.
Caergwrle Castle, now a magnificent ruin, enjoys a dramatic hilltop setting above the town. The last castle ever to have been built by a native Welsh prince, it was constructed by Dafydd ap Gruffydd between 1278 – 1282. In woodland nearby lie the remains of an even earlier fortification, Caer Estyn hillfort, though these are now largely lost to time, hidden beneath undergrowth.
Park in the Past
Set within 120 acres, Hope’s Park in the Past is an exciting and unique conservation and heritage project, where visitors can learn about how our ancestors once lived and worked. This beautiful site is made up of woodlands, wetlands, pastures, river habitats, and a magnificent 35-acre lake. Great for wildlife and people alike, Park in the Past has a constantly changing programme of fun, educational events.
Waun y Llyn Country Park
(also known as Hope Mountain)
This lovely country park, forming part of the Clywdian Range and Dee Valley AONB, offers endless walking options, with wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and across to Deeside, Chester, and Liverpool in the far distance.
Places to Visit
Map of local places to Visit
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