Visiting Chirk Castle: What you need to know

View of Chirk Castle, Wrexham

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.

 

Important information 

We’re pleased to say that a number of our places in Wales are now open and can't wait to welcome you this summer. From Saturday 7 August, Wales is moving to Alert Level Zero of the coronavirus regulations and we will be making some changes to adapt to the regulations. You no longer need pre book to visit many of our places in Wales, however booking remains essential at some of our small properties, including Dolaucothi, Plas yn Rhiw and Tudor Merchant House. Please check the website for property specific information before visiting.

 

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.

Staying safe

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).

What's 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.
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Accessibility

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.

Scooters/Bikes/Skateboards/Rollerblades

For health and safety reasons we ask that scooters/bikes/skatebaords and rollerblades are not ridden in the formal gardens.

Upcoming events

The Tudor Cures and Pongy Potions Trail

Sat 23 Oct 2021
10:00-16:00
The wise women has lost her shopping list of herbs and plants she needs to make her cures and potions.

Percy the Park Keeper's winter wander trail at Chirk Castle

Sat 04 Dec 2021
10:00-16:00
This winter, treat your little ones to an adventure at Chirk Castle on the Percy the Park Keeper winter wander trail.

Christmas Traditions at the castle

Sat 04 Dec 2021
11:00-16:00
Celebrate Christmas family traditions at Chirk Castle with our beautifully decorated themed Christmas trees inside the castle.