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“A magical place that will fire youngsters imagination!”
Review of Ewloe Castle

Ewloe Castle
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Hawarden
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

This is indeed a magical place not standing on a rise but tucked away below eye level in rolling Welsh countryside further cloaked by woodland this welsh castle is unique-so cleverly concealed that invading enemies would pass by unaware of it's presence -strategically important in this border location the first historical heritage site of it's type in North Wales to this day stil goes largely unnoticed - (shame on Flintshire CC) but it's hidden location is amazing as when there it is devoid of any trappings of later civilisation (housing, roads,street lights none to be seen!) and so one can easily be transported back in time and with a little guidance and dramatic embellishment it is easy for youngsters to imagine battles and life at that time! (eroded slightly over the decades I have visited by the irritating "improvements" and 'elf n safety' contributions. My young brother now a "sophisticated" mid 40's guy still recounts our visits in his youth when I told stories of life long ago (as if I knew!). Thanks to the inability of our "leaders" to celebrate the rich history within it's curtilage the varied aspects and significance of Flintshire (the gateway to Wales) goes largely ignored - Romans Vikings Seafarers Miners Industrialists all recognised what today's incumbents ignore- but it is here to enjoy for free! Along with a rich culture heritage and identity Ewloe Castle is just a starter on the menu of Wales's offerings in Flintshire - or you can just pass by "unknowingly" - such irony! Do stay awhile and enjoy!

3  Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is a rare example of a Welsh, rather than an English castle, it has become very run down but is worthy of a visit if only for comparison

Thank Ron E
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Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

At a loose end with the kids on a rare day off so decided on a magical mystery tour to find some ruined castles ! Short walk across fields through the woods to reach the castle. Ruined keep and some retaining walls are all that remain but we found a sunlit corner for a picnic before exploring the ruin - had the castle to ourselves so time for a game of hide n seek before a lovely walk through the woods. Best avoid the walk if it's been wet the climb from the gorge back up gets very slippy.

2  Thank sjpw1878
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

Although the castle is hard to find (hidden amongst trees) it is well worth making the effort to see. Small by some standards with only 1 tower to climb, being set amongst the trees makes it a perfect spot for older children to explore while older people can enjoy the peace and quiet of the surroundings. It would also make a great spot for photographers and artists to spend some time.

1  Thank Keith A
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Reviewed 4 August 2013

Great if you are into the histories of castles etc but it isn't really my sort of thing. A nice walk from wepre park through the woods.

Thank Roland R
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