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Hawarden Castle, Hawarden

Hawarden Castle
The old castle†ruins (Grade I listed)†are on the New Hawarden Castle estate†and are only open to the public on some Sundays, typically the second and fourth Sundays in summertime.The oldest origins of this site may date back to the†Iron Age, later being used as a†Norman†Motte-and-bailey†castle which was reportedly destroyed and replaced during 13th century with the building that we see today.The castle played an important role during the†Welsh†struggle for independence in the 13th century finally being destroyed in the 17th century by Cromwell

tel: 01244531547

address: Hawarden Castle, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3PB

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St Deiniolís church, Hawarden

St Deiniolís church
St Deiniolís (named after a 6th Century Welsh Saint) is of 13th century origin, restored in 1857 following a fire. William Gladstone (the 19th Century prime minister) worshipped and was married here and the church houses several monuments to the family, among which is the splendid memorial window. The magnificent west window, depicting the nativity was the last work of famous pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones a Gladstone family friend. There is also a beautiful Gladstone memorial chapel, depicting a marble statue of the couple.

tel: 01244520091

address: Church Lane, Hawarden CH5 3LT

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Hawarden farm shop, Hawarden

Hawarden farm shop
Hawarden farm shop, is an excellent place to spend a few hours. Providing a range of artisan food, including a butcher, a deli and a cafť. The cafť is a welcoming space, with both inside and outside seating. The farm shop and cafť have disabled access and next to the cafť is a ĎDog Stopí to tie up and leave pets. Outside is a traditional wooden play fort which is a fun way to keep younger children occupied. The Farm Shop is surrounded by 25 acres of fields, through which is signposted a mile-long nature trail. From June to October you can PYO.

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tel: 01352533442

address: Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales, CH5 3FB

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Library, Hawarden

Library
Gladstoneís library is an amazing building, being Britain's finest residential library, and its only Prime Ministerial library as well as having a Grade I-listing. At the heart of the library is Gladstoneís own collection of 32,000 items, many containing his personal annotations.There are daily tours of the library at set times of the day, however you can access the rest of the building freely. There is a Cafe, providing excellent homemade food, has both inside and outside seating overlooking large gardens, which you are free to stroll around.

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tel: 01244532350

address: Gladstone

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Daleside Garden Centre, Hawarden

Daleside Garden Centre
Ideal stop for plants, gardening needs, greeting cards and gifts. There is also a craft shop for all your craft and hobby needs, (which regularly runs craft based courses) a clothing shop and the Topiary coffee shop and restaurant. There is plenty of free and disabled parking.

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tel: 01244532041

address: Gladstone Way, Deeside CH5 3HF

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Church of St. Sadwrn, Henllan

Church of St. Sadwrn
Dedicated to the local hermit St Sadwrn, this unique old church has a detached tower on a mound, built apart so the bells could best be heard across the sixteen mile parish. The tower itself dates from the 15th century, but key features worth visiting include the 14th century Vesty door, a late medieval window, a Jacobean alter table, as well as a pair of Georgian chandeliers. To say this church and surroundings are picturesque is an understatement. It is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places I have visited.

address: St Sadwrn Church Street Henllan DENBIGH LL16 5BD

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Llindir Inn , Henllan

Llindir Inn
The thatched 13th C, grade II listed, medieval Inn is really quite special, with polite owners, an extremely welcoming ambience, and stunning inglenook fireplace. Whether hungry or thirsty, this wonderful pub, situated just beneath the Church of St. Sadwn, can take care of your needs. There is also a supernatural twist. It is said that the old Landlord, a sailor, came home from a trip, to discover his wife having an affair. It is rumoured that he murdered her in the bedroom upstairs, and that to this day, her ghost still haunts the premises.

address: Llindir Street, LL16 5BH Henllan

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The Potting Shed, Heswall

The Potting Shed
A great pottery painting studio on the Wirral. A huge range of items to choose from from dragons, pirates and princesses to more traditional items, plates, cups and vases.

Great to paint a piece for mother/fathers day presents. There is a lovely coffee shop on the premises.

You need to allow about a week for your creation to be glazed and fired in the kiln.

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tel: 0151 336 3000

address: Newhall Centre, Chester High Road, Near Heswall Wirral CH64 3TE

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Holywell Swing Park, Holywell

Holywell Swing Park
The swing park is really well kept and located next to Holywell Leisure Centre. There are swings for older and younger kids, a sandpark with climbing frame and digger, a seesaw, a pirate ship with slide, a large spiderweb climbing frame.

It has some benches to sit and eat a picnic. Dogs can be tied up outside and car parking is available around the park. Really nice park and definately recommended.

address: Holywell Leisure Centre, Fron Park Road, Holywell CH8 7UZ

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Holywell Leisure Centre, Holywell

Holywell Leisure Centre
Holywell Leisure Centre offers lots of activities to choose from on a rainy (or sunny) day. It has a well kept 25 metre pool and learner pool; a fitness suite, squash courts, a four court sports hall, a dance studio and snooker room.

There is an outdoor football pitch and tennis courts in the ajoining grounds of the memorial gardens. A number of easy to join clubs make use of the facilities. The car park costs 20p and it gets well patrolled!!!!

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address: Holywell Leisure Centre, Fron Park Road, Holywell CH8 7UZ

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