SJ 319-653 Flintshire Wales
Hawarden Castle is a 12th earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by the Norman invaders. In 1282, Dafydd ap Gruffudd attacked and captured the castle and its constable, Roger Clifford but when Reginald de Grey advanced against him he withdrew, slighting Caergwrle Castle. Standing within Iron Age ramparts, the large motte supports the remains of a late 13th century two storey circular keep, founded by King Edward I. To the east is a bailey, with the remains of a first floor hall and a twin-towered gatehouse. Flanking the polygonal curtain wall, are the remains of a solid round tower, a late 15th century rectangular tower and a gatehouse. The castle which could be the successor to Truemans Hill, was slighted after the Civil War and landscaped gardening has also affected the site. 3 miles north-west is Ewloe Castle.
Hawarden Castle is located in the main part of Hawarden Castle Park, off Glynne Way. 7 miles west of Chester on the A5104-B5125.
The site is freely accessible in daylight hours, through an arched gateway in the village centre.
Car parking is by the side of the road.