The county of Flintshire is situated in northeast Wales and is a wonderful mix of country villages, sandy beaches and medieval castles. It borders Cheshire, Denbighshire and Wrexham, and its main towns are Flint and Mold. The county of Flintshire is steeped in history and boasts numerous historic sites, both industrial and religious. The castle in the town of Flint was constructed in the 13th century and, although most of it was destroyed during the civil war in 1646, the ruins are still worth visiting. The market at Flint can also be dated back to the 13th century, but is not the only one established originally by the Romans. Holywell and Mold also have their own ancient markets, with Mold market being one of the busiest in the country. Mold is an ideal base for walking in the Clwydian mountains, and the hotels in the town also provide easy access to Leeswood Hall, an early 18th century house set in gardens designed by Stephen Switzer, and the Afonwen Craft and Antique Center. Holywell meanwhile, is the site of the well of St Winefride’s, which has been visited by pilgrims since the 7th century who came to be cured by its holy water. The town is also where the ruins of the former Cistercian abbey of Basingwerk are located.