Plans to enhance one of the region’s most important historic assets have been welcomed by local politicians.
The Welsh Labour Government intends to improve Flint Castle as a key attraction by introducing a visitor reception centre, creating bespoke marketing material, installing new features and by constructing new access paths.
Work on boosting the famous castle begins this year as a cornerstone of the Welsh Labour Government’s strategy for attracting more visitors, branding Wales in 2016 ‘The Year of Adventure’.
Sandy Mewies AM said: “I am thrilled Flint Castle is to undergo a major improvement and become a major tourist attraction, which it richly deserves to be.
“The addition of a new visitor reception in the medium term plans is particularly welcome.”
David Hanson MP added: “2016 will be particularly important for Flint Castle as it was featured in Shakespeare’s Richard II AND this is the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.
“A host of activities will take place to celebrate the Shakespeare connection and the Year of Adventure in 2016. This is great for Flint and North Wales.”
Plans for improving Flint Castle will be rolled out over the coming five years and also include a new staircase to the North East Tower, greater engagement with local groups, improvements to the pedestrian approach to the castle and better signage.
Hannah Blythyn, AM candidate for Delyn, said: “There is huge potential for Flint Castle to become the first major tourist attraction people stop at when they enter Wales from the North West of England. It is one of very few notable landmarks visible from England and lends itself perfectly as an attractive rest spot along the Welsh national coastal path.”
Clwyd South AM Ken Skates, who is also Deputy Minister responsible for heritage in the Welsh Government said: “I am delighted the Welsh Government is able to recognise the enormous potential of Flint Castle and I look forward to seeing the plans delivered in the next five years.
“Longer term I hope to see the south western tower excavated and exposed, with improved access around the perimeter of the castle.”