Get your adrenalin pumping! Abseil down the walls of Hawarden's 13th Century castle ruins.

Abseiling at The Old Castle

This is an experience truly unique to Hawarden Estate.

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Book a private abseiling session with our local adventure experts, and descend from the walls of an ancient Welsh castle.

This wonderful, invigorating experience is the result of one of those ‘what if’ conversations. We were trying to think of the most exciting local place that we could abseil down. And…boom! It came to us. Why not slide down the side of this famous 13th century castle? Why not indeed? Come on, give it a go! It might just be the highlight of your trip.

A little bit of the history

The Hawarden Old Castle, originally two stories high, is a Grade 1 listed medieval Castle near Hawarden Flintshire, Wales. Over the years, this 13th Century Castle played a key role in the wars for Welsh independence, as well as being garrisoned by royalist troops in the 1642 Civil war. The Old Castle now sits over Hawarden Castle, and is a private part of the Estate. It is available for private tours for Holidays guests, and for private abseiling sessions. The Old Castle is otherwise only open a few times a year for charity open days and as part of our Summer Camp event.

About the experience

There is no minimum group size for this experience but the maximum is 10 people per session. The experience includes all equipment and some refreshments for the group. Please get in touch to find out about availability and pricing.

About Safe and Sound Outdoors

SAS Outdoors have been providing outdoor adventure and adrenaline activities throughout North Wales since 2007. Specialists in everything from gorge walking to kayaking, they are fully recognised by the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority. We have been working with them on Hawarden Estate for 8 years. Equipped with a team of approachable instructors, they will ensure that you feel safe, supported and will make sure you have lots of fun. 


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All of our experiences are immersive, interesting and fun and exclusive to guests staying with us at Hawarden Estate.

Let us know the dates of your stay (or date range if you haven’t booked yet) and which experience you’re interested in and our team will get back to you quickly to arrange the details.

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