Hawarden Castle’s pre-Roman fortress was of early strategic, military and political importance. Held alternately by Welsh and English powers, the part it played in the hands of the Parliamentarians during the Civil War ultimately sealed it’s fate. Today the imposing castle ruins set among fine parkland remain a testimomy to less peaceful times. Hawarden castle was also the grand stately home of W.E. Gladstone, former British Prime Minister.
The castle itself is not open to the public bar the exception of open days, normally in the Summer and visitors are charged a small fee donated to charity.
Visitors can however access the parkland most days which provides a great little walk for children and due to it being paved for the main stretch, it is suitable for prams and wheelchairs. Those who have more confident walkers can go off on the trodden paths to get a sneak peak at a small part of the castle but this section is not accessible for pram and wheelchair users.
Surrounding woodland e.g. Bilberry Wood:
The woodland adjacent to the castle is free and accessible to the public all year round though some areas are owned privately. Residents can request a permit for further exploration. This small area is mainly a grassy wildlife site, but with dotted trees and informal paths. It provides an important wildlife site for insects and birds, but would also be a nice place to go for a gentle stroll, hunting for conkers, searching for mini beasts in the foliage, exploring the remains of the old Corn Mill, (which ceased production in the 1940’s) and adventurous children will enjoy climbing on any large rocks or small mud shelves. The woodland area is perfect for any nature trails.
*Free Tinkersdale public car park located next to the woodland. We would advise you to leave the pram in the car as the slope down into the woodland from the car park is steep and there are very few trodden paths. There are also styles to navigate. Terrain in this section unsuitable for some toddlers. Toddlers will be fine though in the parkland surrounding the castle.
*Access up to Hawarden castle on the open days is not advised with the use of a wheelchair and pram due to steep steps.
*Picnics are not permitted in the parkland.
*Dogs are welcome to roam.