The East Front of Chirk Castle from the gardens, showing autumn colour in the leaves of the climbing plants on the castle walls and yew topiary in the

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About

A stark symbol of power, Chirk Castle was completed in 1310 during the reign of the conquering Edward I to subdue the last princes of Wales. Built on an outcrop above the meeting point of the rivers Dee and Ceiriog, the imposing silhouette of the castle was a brooding statement of English intent in these disputed lands.

With over 700 years of history, and as the last castle from this period still lived in today, Chirk Castle's many occupants have left behind lavish interiors and a beautiful and eclectic collection. The state rooms include a 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century saloon with rich tapestries, servants' hall, and the restored East Range, containing the library and 1920s style Bow Room showing off Chirk Castle’s connections to high society.

The award-winning gardens cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns, clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose, shrub and rock gardens, and the wooded pleasure ground – perfect for a stroll. Don't miss the terrace overlooking the 18th century ha-ha at the bottom of the garden, with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains.

Chirk Castle has over 480 acres of estate parkland for you to explore, with wild ponies, sheep, veteran trees, and a beautifully preserved section of Offa’s Dyke. The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wild flowers.

Gardens

The delightful formal gardens contain clipped yews, roses and an interesting variety of flowering shrubs, giving beauty and fragrance throughout the season.

Shop

Selling full range of National Trust goods.

The Courtyard Cafe

The Courtyard cafe serves a seasonal menu, cream teas, homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks and snacks.

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Guide Prices

2022 Whole Property Gift Aid prices (Standard in brackets)
Adult: £16.50 (£15.00)
Child: £8.30 (£7.50)
Family: £41.30 (£37.50)

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Postbox
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • National Trust Property
  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

One mile west of Chirk village off A5. Additional 0.5 mile of private driveway to the castle.

Accessible by Public Transport: Chirk station is 2 miles away.

Chirk Castle & Gardens

Type:Castle

Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF

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Opening Times

* Please see website for opening times.

Awards

  • Other AwardsNational Trust National Trust 2019
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2022

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