Flint Castle

  • Flint Castle

    Flint Castle

  • The meeting of Richard II and Henry Bolingbroke later Henry IV at Flint Castle Wales 1399 © Classic Image / Alamy

    The meeting of Richard II and Henry Bolingbroke later Henry IV at Flint Castle Wales 1399 © Classic Image / Alamy

Located on the north-east coast, Flint Castle famously features in Shakespeare’s Richard II.

Begun in 1277, it was one of the first castles to be built in Wales by King Edward I. Its solitary round ‘Donjon’ tower, isolated from the rest of the inner ward, is unique in design. This is where Edward I’s “Iron Ring” of fortresses across north Wales to subdue the Welsh first began.

Just 122 years on, Flint was the setting to another turning point in history. Edward I’s great, great grandson Richard II came face to face with his cousin, childhood playmate and rival to the crown Henry Bolingbroke.

This scene, set at Flint Castle, famously features in Shakespeare's Richard II. The castle serves as an important setting for a crucial part of the play – the moment that Richard II is captured:

“Cousin, I am too young to be your father,
Though you are old enough to be my heir.
What you will have, I’ll give, and willing too;
For do we must what force will have us do”

But perhaps it was Richard’s hound, Mathe, who made him realise the crown had been lost. Ever present at the King’s side, it is said that Mathe ran to greet Henry on his arrival; faithful to the crown, not the man.

“The greyhound maketh you cheer this day as king of England, as ye shall be;
and I shall be deposed. The greyhound possesses this knowledge naturally”

Richard II had given up his throne. Henry escorted him to London where Richard abdicated and later died in captivity. King Henry IV’s reign had begun and Richard’s sad fate, played out at Flint Castle, forever immortalised in Shakespeare’s words.

Opening times

Dates
1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Times

Daily 10.00am - 4.00pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

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Admission costs

Adult - Am ddim/Free
Family - Am ddim/Free
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 - Am ddim/Free
Disabled and companion - Am ddim/Free

Facilities and information

Dogs welcome No smoking
  • Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dogs on leads welcome
  • No smoking
  • Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.
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Directions

Postcode CH6 5PH

Rail Rail NE side of Flint

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0871 200 2233 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.