Autumn at Chirk

The Chirk Castle gardens in autumn looking towards the Hawk House

With evenings drawing in there’s no better time to get outdoors and discover the natural beauty around us, so dust off those walking boots, wrap-up warm and step into autumn at Chirk Castle.

As summer comes to an end a dazzling array of reds, yellows, burnt oranges, and golds sweep across our historic estate and garden at Chirk Castle. With such a glorious display of colour, autumn is a fantastic time of the year to visit and there’s plenty to explore.

Autumn fungi

Autumn is the best time to go in search of fungi as they are easiest to spot in these moist conditions when they can feed and grow. As you explore the estate, don’t miss the colourful grassland fungi, particularly Waxcaps, which form part of our SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) accreditation.

There are hundreds of different sorts of fungi, from the very common to the quite rare, and from the edible to the poisonous. Please help us protect these autumnal beauties by not touching them.

Breath-taking views

The arrival of crisp weather brings with it great visibility and unparalleled views of the surrounding countryside; this is the season to really understand Chirk’s strategic position.

On a clear day, you can see as far as the Forest of Bowland 70 miles to the north, the Peak District 65 miles to the east, and the Long Mynd, 40 miles to the south. It's a sight not to be missed.

Explore the estate

The Chirk Castle estate has acres of space for you to explore. Pull on your walking boots, wrap-up warm and discover a working landscape full of ancient trees, wildflowers, birds and insects.

Tasty treats

Tired feet can take a rest in the café, where a host of warming autumnal drinks and treats are available from 11am-3pm.

Treat yourself to a delicious slice of caramel and apple cake or a warming bowl or parsnip and apple soup. Both are made using apples grown at Chirk and collected by our garden team.

What you need to know

We're reopening the estate from Monday 9 November. The garden, shop, castle courtyard, catering kiosk and café will be open on weekends only from Saturday 14 November. The Castle and bookshop are closed at the current point in time.

Under the new Welsh Government legislation, our places are only open to Wales residents and to groups of four or less (excluding children below 11) unless they are from the same household.

To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. If you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

For more information, please read our ‘What to expect during your visit’ article.