Christmas at Chirk Castle

Approaching the north front in winter from the drive at Chirk Castle, Wrexham.

Following the impact of the coronavirus crisis, Christmas at Chirk Castle will be a little different this year and unfortunately we won't be hosting our Father Christmas Grotto. Instead this Christmas is all about wintry walks, warming cups of hot chocolate, Christmas shopping, oh and let's not forget the elf trail in the garden.

The nights are drawing in, the temperature is dropping, and Christmas is just around the corner. It’s time to get into the festive spirit and there’s no better way than by visiting Chirk Castle.

Please note: From 6pm on Friday 4 December, changes to Welsh Government legislation mean we will be able to welcome visitors from tiers one and two in England and level one and two in Scotland, to our places in Wales. The garden, estate, shop and tea-room are open to groups of four or less (excluding children below 11) unless they are from the same household. In line with Welsh Government legislation, the castle is currently closed. 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.

Find the Christmas elves

Whether you’re a keen garden enthusiast or just appreciate the joy of the outdoors, you’ll find there’s lots waiting to be discovered in our garden at Chirk. Pull on your walking boots, wrap up warm, and blow away the winter cobwebs with short stroll around out garden - it’s at its most magical with a fine dusting of winter frost.

Little explorers can enjoy a festive adventure as they look for a mischievous family of Christmas elves hidden along the route. How many can your family find?

Our garden is open 10am-4pm from 5-30 December (closed 24-26 December) and last entry is 3pm.

Hunt high and low for Christmas elves in our garden
A model of an elf hidden in the garden at Chirk Castle, Wrexham, Wales
Hunt high and low for Christmas elves in our garden

Wintery walks

Bobble hat at the ready! There are walks for every ability at Chirk Castle this winter – whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll through our woodland, or a more energetic walk up to the Old Golf for some stunning wintery views, there’s a trail for you.

Tasty treats

If you’re feeling peckish, we have plenty of festive treats available in our tearoom every day from 10.30am-4pm (closed 24-26 December). From Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, to light bites, hot and cold drinks, cakes, Christmas cream teas, and afternoon tea for two, there’s lots to choose from.

Our Home Farm kiosk is also serving pasties, hot dogs and hot and cold drinks – perfect to help you warm up after a wintery walk. It’s open Saturdays and Sundays 5-18 December, then every day from 19-23 and 27-30 December.

To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced social distancing measures, will only be accepting card payments and in line with government guidance, you will be required to wear a face covering unless you are seated at a table. Please bring one with you.

Shop ‘til you drop

Christmas shopping? Skip the hectic high street and wrap up your gift buying in our Home Farm Shop.

Decorations, homeware, gorgeous gifts and festive foods; our range has everything you need for a magical Christmas. What’s more, every penny spent in our shop remains at Chirk Castle, helping us to continue looking after this special place for everyone, for ever – thank you for putting a sparkle in our Christmas too.

Our Courtyard Shop is open 10am-4pm from 5-30 December (closed 24-26 December). To keep everyone safe we’ve introduced social distancing measures and we will only be accepting card payments.

So what are you waiting for? Visit Chirk Castle this Christmas and add some sparkle to your festivities.