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Flintshire (traditional)

Flintshire, known in Welsh as Sir y Fflint, is a maritime county bounded to the north by the Irish Sea, to the north east by the Dee estuary, to the east by Cheshire and to the south and south west by Denbighshire.

A large exclave (Maelor Saesneg) is bounded on the north west by Denbighshire, on the north east by Cheshire, and on the south by Shropshire. There is a further small exclave around Marford. It is the smallest traditional county in Wales, with a total area of 164,744 acres and population of 203,000. The coast along the Dee estuary is heavily developed by industry and the north coast much developed for tourism. The Clwydian Mountains occupy much of the west of the county. The highest point is Moel Fammau (1,820 feet). The chief towns are Bangor-is-y-coed, Buckley, Connah's Quay, Flint, Holywell, Mold, Prestatyn, Queensferry, Rhyl, Shotton and St. Asaph. The main rivers are the River Dee (the estuary of which forms much of the coast) and the River Clwyd. The main industries are steelworking, agriculture and tourism.

Places of special interest in Flintshire include: Flint Castle (SJ2473); Hawarden Castle (SJ3165); Rhuddlan Castle (SJ0277); St. Asaph Cathedral (SJ0374); Sun Centre, Rhyl (SJ0082); Welsh Ewloe Castle (SJ2867); Wepre Country Park, Connah's Quay (SJ2968).

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