Mighty medieval fortress
Meet the Chirk Castle garrison, and be trained to help guard the fortress. Try on armour and join in pike drill.
Explore the stark medieval fortress complete with dungeons and murder holes.
Decide whether to support the gold lion of King Edward I or the red lion of Llywelyn Prince of Wales and wear your emblem with pride.
Elegant family home
Explore how the fortress turned into the Myddelton's elegant family home. Lavishly furnished rooms reflect 400 years of changing taste and fashions.
Find out about life during the English Civil War, when the castle fell into enemy hands. And discover a family that played an important role in the survival of the Welsh language.
East wing glamour
See how 1920s and 1930s high society entertained in style. Relax in the Bow Room, practice your Charleston dance moves or join in the pantomime rehearsal.
Discover the artists who were inspired by Wales and the revival of Welsh cultural arts that the Howard de Walden family supported.
Don't miss the fortress...
- Explore the deep dark dungeon in the Adams Tower
- Take part in pike drill with medieval guards
- See how many murder holes you can find
- View the medieval toilets
- Visit the family activity room with games and costumes
- Be impressed by the stunning views from the top floor
Don't miss the Myddelton home...
- Discover the collection of rare 17th-century fire arms
- See the beautiful silver embossed King Charles cabinet
- Be in awe of the wonderful ornate and colourful ceilings throughout
- Hear the evocative sacred 17th-century music in the chapel
- Understand how the Bible Bach helped save the Welsh language
- Promenade through the long gallery past Myddelton ancestors
- Visit the luxurious King's Bedroom with silver lights and rich colours
- Look at yourself in the enormous 18th-century mirrors in the saloon
Don't miss in the east wing...
- Relax in the comfy armchairs and sofas beside the Bow Room fire
- Listen to Dylan Thomas reading his poetry on the wireless
- Flick through the family's fascinating photo albums
- Read the familly's letters from royalty, artists and inventors
- Sign the guest book and hunt for famous signatures
- Have a game of chess at the dining room table
- See the 1920s brought to life on the cine film
- Join Mr Gilbanks rehearsing The Reluctant Dragon pantomime
- Play with the toy theatre and try on the costumes
Tommy, Lord Howard de Walden supported many great 20th-century artists. For the first time in more than 60 years many of these works of art have been brought back to the castle and put on public display.
From a series of landscapes by Philip Wilson Steer to wonderful portraits by Augustus John, the iconic painting by Sir John Lavery of the family relaxing in the saloon to a remarkable bronze bust of Tommy by Rodin.
Discover Tommy's own suit of armour and the delightful mini model used to design it. Hear the wireless play compositions by Holbrooke and Dylan Thomas reading his poetry.