Visiting Chirk Castle: What you need to know
The garden, estate, castle, shop, and café are open daily and we no longer have a booking system in place for visits. Our quieter times are generally weekdays, and after 2pm. We ask everyone to follow Welsh Government Regulations when visiting. In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit.
Arrival and parking
Please park in the main car park. Once you've parked please go to the Ticket Office to start your visit. We no longer have a booking system in place for visits.
We have a large car park at Chirk Castle, so there is plenty to space to park. We also have designated parking for blue badge holders; please ask a member of staff on arrival.
Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. We have very limited space for caravans so ask visitors not to arrive with a caravan if possible.
There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend at Chirk Castle during your visit, but you will need to exit the estate by 5pm.
If you would like a quieter visit, we recommend arriving after 2pm, or on a weekday.
In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces (including the castle, ticket office, shop, and toilets). Please bring one with you.
To help keep everyone safe, please follow government guidance when you visit. If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone who has the virus in the last 10 days, please don’t visit.
Following Welsh Government guidance we are continuing to take Track and Trace details when visitors enter any significant indoor space. So you will be asked to either scan your National Trust membership card or leave contact details when entering the cafe, castle rooms, or Adam Tower (when open).
- The car park, estate, garden, Home Farm play area and wild play area are open daily, 10am to 4pm.
- The castle interior is open daily, 12noon to 4pm (last entry 3:30pm)
- The shop and secondhand bookshop are open 10am - 4pm.
- The Courtyard Cafe is open 10am to 4pm serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and light meals.
- Toilets and baby changing facilities are available at Home Farm and in the Castle Courtyard.
- For the safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers and historic items, you may need to queue in the Courtyard before entering the castle when it first opens. If you can go to the castle interior after 1:30pm you will have more space to enjoy your visit.
There is a hard-standing accessible route through most of the garden which is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and there is seating available to offer you a place to rest along the way. However, if wanting to do a full circuit one stretch of path is grass and this may become muddy following heavy rain.
If you have accessibility concerns or need a shorter/step-free route of the garden, please talk to a member of staff who will be happy to help.
Accessible toilets are available at Home Farm and in the castle courtyard.
Unfortunately there is no wheelchair or step-free access to the castle interior.
Access with dogs
Dogs are welcome in all outdoor areas with the exception of the gardens and kitchen garden, which welcome registered assistance dogs only. We just ask that you keep your four-legged friend on a lead at all times.
Registered assistance dogs only in the castle interior.
For health and safety reasons we ask that scooters/bikes/skatebaords and rollerblades are not ridden in the formal gardens.