The town of Flint sits on the Dee estuary in Flintshire, North Wales. It is bordered by Flint Mountain to the south, Oakenholt to the south east, Bagillt to the north west and the estuary to the north. Nearby towns and villages include Queensferry, Buckley, Shotton, Chester, Mold, Bagillt, Northop, Connah's Quay, Halkyn and Holywell. Historically, Flint was the historic county of Flintshire and today is the third largest town in Flintshire.
Flint Castle was built in 1277 for Edward I. Interestingly it was where Richard II was handed over to his rival Henry Bolingbroke in 1399—this features in Shakespeare's 'Richard II'. During the English Civil War it was in the hands of the Royalists, and by 1647 had passed to the Presbyterians. Afterwards, it was placed under Oliver Cromwell's destruction plans. Today the beautiful ruins of the castle offer a peaceful getaway from some of the industrialised areas of Flint.
St Mary's Catholic church acts as the parish church for Flint and dates back to the 12th century. This building was deemed unsafe in 1846 and pulled down in way of the present building, which was completed in December 1848. The attractive church consists of red brick walls, ornate Victorian style windows, chancel, church spire and a clock tower.
Train users passing through Flint railway station may have noticed the 11 ft high steel foot, which stands on the side of the Holyhead platform. This foot, which is accompanied by chains and cogs, was designed by artist Brian Fell in order to represent an entrance on to the National Cycle Network from the station.