Mold & Flintshire tourist information & travel guide
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Mold tourist guide
Mold, a busy yet extremely friendly market in Flintshire, in terms of points of the compass, is possibly the most accurately located North Eastern towns of Wales! Its location close to the English-Welsh border, between the Clwydian mountains to the West, Cheshire and Chester to the East, Wrexham to the South and the River Dee to the North made it somewhat strategic in times past and has led an abundance of history and heritage. To support this strategic location, the town's High Street once had a motte and bailey (raised on a mound and surrounded by a protective fence) Norman Castle.
The town is an ideal centre for self-catering holiday makers, providing a superb base for touring, wonderful walks and picnics in the beautiful Clwydian Mountains. The surrounding hills are becoming extremely popular with mountain bikers of all abilities, where trails are being supported by local authorities.
One of the many areas of outstanding beauty in Wales is located at Loggerheads some three miles outside Mold, and it features a family-orientated country park and visitor centre. This entire area is known to have inspired the composer Mendelssohn, and the summit of the highest peak in the range, Moel Fammau, has a viewing platform giving incredible views of the sis counties that can be viewed form there.
Mold is a fascinating mixture of famous high street names that sit side-by-side with an eclectic and wonderful mixture of family-run and managed businesses. And if you fancy a snack, quiet relaxing drink or formal evening meal, there are plenty of fine restaurants, cafés and pubs to choose from. There are busy open-air street markets - holders of 'Market Charters and Rights' - on Wednesdays and Saturdays with a tradition that dates back all the way to the 17th Century. St Mary's church which overlooks the High street is worth mentioning as having been paid for by Margaret Beaufort celebrating her sons - Henry Tudor - victory over Richard III.
On a cultural level, the prominent Welsh language novelist Daniel Owen was born and raised in Mold and the Theatr Clwyd, which hosts the annual Mold Carnival every June, has gained a solid reputation throughout the UK for staging superb productions.
The famous and unique piece of prehistoric metalwork, the Bronze Age Gold Cape said to be over 2000 years old, and now on show in the British Museum in London, was found in a field near the town, and a replica, together with other Bronze Age artifacts and treasures can be seen in the town's museum.
Flintshire tourist guide
To the north west of Mold lies Flint, formerly the county town of Flintshire. The town and its market has the oldest charter in Wales, dating back to 1284. Seven years previously, the construction of Flint Castle, overlooking the Dee estuary, was started by Edward I as part of his 'iron ring' of royal castles. The castle is perhaps most famous for being the setting for Scene 3 of Act 3 in Shakespeare's Richard II.
The town's market can also be traced back to the time of its charter. There are a good range of predominantly family-owned shops and eating establishments in the town, together with a retail park where the more famous nationwide brands can be found. While some 100 years ago, the town was noted for having over 35 licensed premised selling drink, although this number may have reduced over the decades, numerous pubs have recently been renovated, as has the town's leisure centre and library. Keep an eye out for the rather unusual yet famous 'foot' sculpture at Flint's railway station, thought to be based on the notorious scene-ending foot from Monty Python's Flying Circus.