Self-guided visits

A Father and daughter using the self-guided education equipment at Chirk Castle

From school parties to holiday clubs, scouts, guides, pre-school groups and youth clubs Chirk Castle is a fantastic day out for any self-guided group.

Begun around 1295, Chirk Castle is the only one of Edward I’s border castles to have been continuously inhabited since its completion in 1310. This means that Chirk has a uniquely long, colourful history, giving your visit the potential to complement a whole range of school subjects and development.

What can I see?

Explore the medieval Adam Tower. Are you brave enough to go down to the dungeon? On weekends and throughout the school holidays medieval costumed interpreters will be on hand to bring this period of history to life.

The State Rooms tell the story of the castle from 1595 onwards, when the Chirk became the Myddelton family home.

In the lower East Wing marvel at the opulent lifestyle of Lord Howard de Walden, who rented Chirk Castle from 1910 to 1946.

The gardens are full of life and colour all year round, from the beautiful carpets of snowdrops in the early spring through to the fabulous autumn colour at the end of the year.

We also have a large estate to explore. Starting at Home Farm we have a den building and natural play area which are popular with visitors of all ages. You can then explore the woodland walk which is home to veteran trees and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.



Groups with EGM* can visit Chirk Castle for free.

*Education Group Membership (EGM) is available to not-for-profit education groups whose members, pupils or students are in full-time education. You can take out membership before your visit or purchase it on the day.

More information can be found here

If you do not have EGM you will need to pay group admission to the castle (eligible for groups of 15 or more people).

2018 group admission prices:

  • Adult: £10.70
  • Child: £5.35


All groups are required to pre-book their visit. To book please contact the Engagement Officer Rachel Harding on 01691 776335 or