Christmas at Chirk Castle 2021

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

Enjoy a festive family visit to Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the seasonal Percy the Park Keeper trail in the gardens, enjoy the beautifully decorated and lit Christmas trees inside the castle, all themed around Christmas traditions, take a wintry walk in the parkland, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from the café and do some Christmas shopping too. Open 4 to 31 December (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day).

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 with a visit to Chirk Castle from 4 to 31 December (not 24 and 25).

Please note that the castle interior will be closed on Sunday 26 December in a change to our previously advertised opening times. The garden, estate, cafe and shop will be open as normal. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused by this change.

Festive family trail in the garden

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 at Chirk, even in winter. 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 all themed around the popular Percy the Park Keeper stories by Nick Butterworth. 

Normal admission price applies and the price of the trail is £2.

The garden is open 10am-4pm. Please note that dogs are not permitted in the formal gardens so you will not be able to walk the Percy the Park Keeper trail with a dog.

The decorated castle

The interior of the castle will be beautifully decorated with themed and lit Christmas trees in each of the rooms. This year the theme is Christmas traditions, with each tree depicting a different tradition.

Which traditions do your family follow? From crackers to games, nativities to nice treats - find one that you share with others, or perhaps pick up a new tradition to add to your own.

The castle interior is open from 11am, with last entry at 3:30pm. On busy days there may be a short wait before you are able to go inside as we control numbers to give the best experience. 

Please check and follow Welsh Government guidance during your visit.

The castle interior will not be open on the 26 December.

Get ready for a 'cracking' Christmas at Chirk Castle
The Cracker themed tree in Cromwell Hall at Chirk Castle
Get ready for a 'cracking' Christmas at Chirk Castle

Reverse grotto

Meet Father Christmas in his reverse grotto at Home Farm , just past the Ticket Office, on Saturdays and Sundays (4th/5th, 11th/12th, 18th/19th December) from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Father Christmas will be collecting donations for Oswestry and Borders foodbank.

It is also possible to leave items on weekdays, but the grotto will not be open and Father Chrsitmas will not be on site.

Requested items are: 

Tinned salmon, Hams, Festive tinned meats, Tins of fruit, Christmas cakes and puddings, Biscuits, Chocolates, Sweets, Jelly, Tinned custard, Brandy sauce, Cream, Gravy, Stock cubes, Bread sauce, Cream, Cheese, Savoury biscuits, Pickles, Nuts, Crisps, Hot chocolate, Good quality coffee, Xmas crackers and serviettes, Small gifts or toys (must be new), Good quality toiletries.

Urgently needed: Milk, Rice pudding, Custard, Squash, Fruit juice, Tinned fruit, Tinned vegetables: peas, carrots, potatoes, Instand Mash, Tinned meat, Porridge, Toiletries: deodourant, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, Tinned Pasta: spaghetti, macaroni cheese, Coffee, small and large jars.

Take a winter walk in the parkland

Winter is a fantastic time to explore Chirk's beautiful parkland. So wrap up warm, bring some sturdy shoes and get ready to explore. There are two main circular trails on the estate; one offering great views of the castle with Shropshire and Cheshire behind, and the other along paths with a lovely variety of woodland and parkland.

Tasty treats

If you’re feeling peckish, we have plenty of festive treats available in our cafe every day from 10am-4pm (closed 24-25 December). From Christmas turkey baps, to light bites, hot and cold drinks, cakes and cream teas, there’s lots to choose from. Please note that from 26 December we're only able to offer a take away service, due to the reintroduction of mandatory table service in licensed premises. This means our indoor seating will remain closed until restrictions are lifted.

Our Home Farm kiosk is also serving pasties, hot and cold drinks – perfect to help you warm up after a wintery walk. It’s open Saturdays and Sundays during December.

Please check and follow Welsh Government guidance during your visit.

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 Home Farm Shop is open 10am-4pm daily (closed 24-25 December).

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