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Still a popular place of pilgrimage

The holy well at St Winefride’s has been a place of pilgrimage since at least 1115. It is said to spring from the spot where 7th-century Welsh abbot St Beuno brought his niece Winefride back to life, though it’s likely that this story may actually have much older, pagan origins.

The chapel itself dates from the late 15th century. Set into the hillside, it’s a striking and unusual building, richly decorated and exceptionally well-built. On the bottom floor, the spring water bubbles up into a star-shaped basin beneath an elaborately vaulted ceiling before flowing out into a more recent outdoor pool, where pilgrims still visit to bathe in its waters with their claimed healing properties.

Reputedly the oldest continually visited pilgrim site in Britain, it’s on the route of the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way that travels along the Llŷn Peninsula to Bardsey Island, the legendary ‘Isle of 20,000 Saints’.

Opening times

Daily 9am–5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed at 2pm on Good Friday


Daily 10am–4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 25 and 26 December


Category Price

No admission charge to visit the chapel.

The chapel is locked. Please collect the key from the curator at the Visitor Centre.

A returnable security deposit will be required.

Category Price
Member - Join now
Disabled and companion
Student and children under 16
Seniors (Aged 65+)


Accessible toilets icon Bikes access icon Car park icon Disabled person access icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon Drone policy icon No smoking icon Toilets icon

Accessible toilets available at this site for visitor use.

Bike storage area available in car park or close to site.

Parking for approx. 6 cars plus one dedicated disabled parking (approx. 30 metres).

Access to the chapel is down a flight of steps, along a short level path and then up a couple of steps to the main door.

There is good level access.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

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

Smoking is not permitted.

Visitor toilets are available at this site.


Holywell, off A55
Flint 4m (6.4km)
NCN Route No.5 (2.8km/1.8mls)

Postcode CH8 7PN

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.

Contact us

Telephone 07542 268722


St Winefride’s Shrine & Well
Greenfield Street