St Winefride's Well - One of the oldest Natural Assets in Flintshire

Legend has it that a spring erupted on the spot where an unwanted suitor, Caradog, cut off Winefride’s head when she spurned his advances. Where it landed a spring appeared and the waters have been healing people since the 7th century. Her uncle, St Beuno, prayed for her survival and she went on to live as a nun for another 22 years. Whether you believe the legend or not, St Winefride’s Well in Holywell has been a place of pilgrimage for 13 centuries. Even today people are still reporting that they have been cured after immersion in the water.

The present shrine was built in the early 16th century and is a Grade 1 listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.  There is also a museum which gives the history of St Winefride and the Shine, as well as a small shop.  The Shrine is open every day, with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  There is a small admission charge.

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Nearby restaurants

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