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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.
Join our Head Ranger for a fantastic walk in September. On Saturday 19th walk from the 13th century Castell Dinas above Llangollen back to Chirk Castle, and on Sunday 20th from Oswestry to Chirk, via the Iron Age hill fort.
All walks start at 9am from Chirk Castle car park. Tickets are £5 each including transport.
Albert Unwin's War
A new display telling the story of Albert Unwin, the estate carpenter, and his service with the 9th Royal Fusiliers in the First World War opens at Chirk Castle on 5 September 2015.
The exhibition includes Albert's secret 1918 diary, some of his equipment, personal items, medals and photos. All items have been generously loaned to us by the Unwin family.