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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.

Outdoor cinema event - War Horse

Come and watch War Horse in the courtyard at Chirk Castle

Come and watch War Horse in the courtyard at Chirk Castle

6 & 7 September

Enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of Chirk Castle for two evenings of outdoor cinema in the courtyard.

As part of our First World War commemoration we will be showing War Horse, and the evening will also include a short talk on Chirk Castle and its occupants during the war.

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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