Uncovering Chirk Castle’s secrets

Tools, buckets and spades laid out on the floor ready for an archaeological dig at Chrik Castle

Even after 700 years Chirk Castle and its landscape hold many mysteries. From 9-22 November we’ll be investigating some of them as team of community volunteers, led by professional archaeologists from the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, once again descend on the Castle.

Over the last few years, we’ve been carrying out research to understand more about the castle and its surroundings in more detail after an archaeological survey hinted that there is still lots waiting to be discovered.

Last year, an excavation revealed the outer walls of a large two-storey building on the west side of the castle. The purpose of the building is unknown, but some of the artefacts recovered from the initial dig suggest part of it may have been used as a smithy.

Now a team of archaeologists is returning to uncover more of its secrets in a new dig.

Join us and discover more of Chirk’s secrets

On Saturdays and Sundays from 14-22 November, 10am-4pm, our team of archaeologists and volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions about the excavation.

Find out more about the dig, have a closer look at the artefacts they’ve uncovered, and take look around the site.

If you’re unable to visit this time, keep an eye on our social media pages where we’ll also be sharing news of our dig.

In line with the new Welsh Government legislation, Chirk is only open to Wales residents and to groups of four or less (excluding children below 11) unless they are from the same household. We are currently open on Saturdays and Sundays only and to avoid disappointment, we recommend pre-booking tickets.

Please note: We’re currently working with a small team at Chirk Castle and access to the site will be self-guided.