There has been a spring here believed to be holy since the 7th century where local legend says it sprung from the spot that St Winefride was decapitated by a local chieftain who had tried to have his wicked way with her. According to legend St Winefride had her head put back on and lived out the rest of her life.
Heralded as the Lourdes of Wales Holywell is actually anything but. The town itself is fairly unassuming but the well and the buildings that house it are worth a visit if you are in the area. The chapel is a splendid example of late English perpendicular architecture.
There is a modest charge of £0.80 per adult as at October 2009 but the stite closes at 5 pm on weekdays and 4 pm on Saturdays. There is a cafe, shop and visitor centre at the site.
The well itself is housed in the splendid gothic chapel and there is a large pool outside in the courtyard that you are allowed to bathe in. You may also take some of the "holy" water from the standpipe provided.