Holywell takes its name from the town’s major feature, the world famous 7th century St Winefride’s Holy Well; one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.
Located in North East Wales and set amid unspoiled countryside overlooking the estuary of the River Dee, the centre of this traditional Welsh market town has changed little over the last few hundred years as its rich variety of fine late Georgian and Victorian period buildings will testify.
At one time, Holywell was the place that supplied the water and the labour to power the factories and mills which sprang up in the nearby Greenfield valley during the 18th century, the remains of which now form part of Greenfield Valley Heritage Park. By today though, the town, with its pleasant pedestrianised shopping centre, is a much more tranquil place serving the shopping and leisure needs of visitors and locals alike.
Holywell is less than five minutes travelling time from the A55 expressway and the A548 coastal route into North Wales and is a town worth visiting whether one’s interest is heritage, shopping or exploring one of the hidden corners of North Wales.
Holywell is also an ideal centre from which to explore the surrounding countryside with its unspoiled villages and charming country inns which dot the landscape from the panoramic heights of the Halkyn & Brynford Common to the banks of the River Dee estuary.
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