70 acres of history to explore, 800 years of industry to discover….
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park consists of a free public 70-acre country park and home to the only industrial revolution museum in North Wales (entrance fee applies) which takes you back through 800 years of the valleys industrial past.
Take a trip back in time and learn all about Holywell’s exciting agricultural and industrial history. Put yourselves into the shoes of a young apprentice and consider how their lives would have been considerably different to yours as they embark on the world of work. Learn about how water was used in breweries, textile mills, and paper mills and discover what life was like for a Tudor farmer and his family, plus much more!
Hear from the characters that shaped the area with the interactive audio and visual displays. Dress up like a World War I soldier or the School Headmistress. Visit the Victorian school and get lost in your imaginations as you discuss life as a Victorian Schoolboy. With so many interactive and hands on activities, the museum is a great way to give children an insight into Greenfield Valley’s role as a centre of industry.
After all that learning, lets burn off some energy. Come and play in the adventure tree house, explore the tunnel maze and make a splash with the water games. Toddlers can have fun in the soft play tractor heaven barn and children of all ages can try to find their way out of the Mega Tower maze!
Adjacent to the museum is the 70-acre Greenfield Valley Heritage Park which is free to explore. Starting at either end, St Winefride’s Well or Basingwerk Abbey, the Valley affords spectacular walks through shady woodland beside the ancient Holywell stream. Visit the remains of some of the old mills, and let the kids imaginations run wild as they explore the ancient ruins of Basingwerk Abbey. Wander through Basingwerk’s ruins of rooms where the monks used to live, work and pray. Find the refectory where they ate their meals, the infirmary where they looked after the sick and the chapel where they prayed.
After all that exploring and running around, a trip to the dog friendly café is on the cards. The cafe serves a selection of hot and cold snacks. Dairy free and dog friendly ice cream also makes for a fantastic treat. If you fancy a picnic instead there are plenty of picnic benches dotted around.
There’s so much to the Greenfield Valley experience, making Greenfield Valley Heritage Park the perfect day out with the kids in Holywell, North Wales.
*Access to the free parkland is available all day. Dogs are permitted in the free parkland surrounding the museum grounds. There is a small entrance fee to enter the museum.
* We downloaded the self guided tour from Greenfield valleys website which is incredibly informative. Just be mindful that although the woodland walk is wheelchair and pram accessible, many of the heritage sites require coming off the main way through and require you to walk up and down steps.
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