Holt Castle - Tips for Travellers
The attractive village of Holt is situated on the England-Wales border, five miles north-west of Wrexham and some ten miles south of the city of Chester. The village sits on a plateau on the Welsh side of River Dee overlooking the medieval bridge that links it with the village of Farndon across the border.
Locals and visitors alike enjoy the village centre with its shops, post office, delicatessen, cafes and traditional pubs. Parking and toilets are available on Green Street (LL13 9JF).
The village and castle of Holt has connections to the history of Wales, England and Scotland.
To discover more of this heritage:
- Explore the three castles that belonged to John de Warenne’s fellow marcher lords: Denbigh Castle (Cadw, LL16 3NB); Ruthin Castle (hotel, LL15 2NU), Chirk Castle (National Trust, LL14 5AF) and Whittington Castle (community-owned, SY11 4DF).
- The Welsh built castles too: why not visit nearby Caergwrle Castle, from where Dafydd ap Gruffydd launched is ill-fated rebellion against Edward I; Ewloe Castle probably built by Llewelyn ap Gruffudd (Cadw , CH5 3BZ) or Dolforwyn Castle near Newtown (Cadw, SY15 6JJ).
- Contact the Collections Centre at Wrexham County Borough Museum and ask to see the historic charter and maces of Holt. (Telephone 01978 297 460 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Visit St Chad’s, the Parish Church of Holt. Look out for the stone font given by Sir William Stanley some time before 1495. It is decorated with the coats of arms of the lords of Bromfield and Yale.
- Walk through the woods at Erddig (National Trust, LL13 0YT) to reach Wrexham’s motte and bailey castle that was destroyed in the revolt of Madog ap Llywelyn in 1294–95.
- Join the Holt Local History Society.
- Follow the military career of John de Warenne by setting off on a tour of the battles of the Baronial Wars and the Scottish War of Independence: siege of Rochester, Kent (1264); the battle of Lewes, East Sussex (1264); the battle of Evesham, Worcs. (1265); the battle of Dunbar, East Lothian (1296), the battle of Stirling Bridge (1297) and the battle of Falkirk (1298).
- Explore the great Royal castles of Edward I: Flint Castle (Cadw, CH6 5PH) built from 1277; Rhuddlan Castle (Cadw, LL18 5AD) also begun in 1277; Conwy Castle (Cadw, LL32 8AY) begun after Llewelyn ap Gruffudd’s defeat from 1283; Caernarfon Castle (Cadw, LL55 2AY); Harlech Castle (Cadw, LL46 2YH) and finally the unfinished Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey (Cadw, LL58 8AP).