Skip to main content

Visitor notice

If you’re planning to visit Flint Castle, please note that the north tower is currently closed; this is a temporary measure to support protected wildlife and we will reopen the tower shortly. Thank you for your patience.


The earliest and most unusual of Wales’ English-built castles

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.

More about Flint Castle

Opening times

Daily 10am–4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Category Price


Car park icon Dogs welcome icon Drone policy icon No smoking icon

Public car parks signposted within town with good access to the castle.

One dedicated disabled space approx. 100 metres away.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

Please read our policy information about flying drones at Cadw monuments: read the guidance

Smoking is not permitted.


NE side of Flint

Postcode CH6 5PH

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