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Notice: We only have limited slots available each day on Saturday and Sunday for our Father Christmas grotto and it is proving very popular. Please come in the morning to avoid disappointment. Our grotto is also open during the week from midday to 3pm freeflow.

Magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches

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.

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House by the Dyke holiday cottage

House by the Dyke holiday cottage

There are two beautiful holiday cottages on Chirk estate. Home Farm Cottage is a fantastic base to explore the estate and the local area, or stay in the House By The Dyke, with breathtaking views down Offa's Dyke and the Ceiriog Valley.

A modern Medievalist

Tommy, Lord Howard de Walden

Read all about Lord Howard de Walden by downloading this free fascinating biography written by his grandson Thomas Seymour.

Download the biography in Welsh (pdf).

Download the biography in English (pdf).

Our Treasures

When a family lives in the same place for 400 years they end up with a diverse collection of art, furniture and curiosities. Many of them are now online for you to browse.

 

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