Waking the castle up for spring

2016 was a busy year at Chirk Castle, welcoming over 142,000 visitors to explore the castle, stroll around the gardens, take a walk out into the parkland, and enjoy our many different events. As a charity this level of support is very important so that we can fund essential conservation projects.

With such a hectic main season, winter is usually the time when much needed conservation work is done. This time is essential to assess the castle, gardens and estate, ensure that nothing has been damaged, and to perform conservation tasks and deep cleaning that keep Chirk Castle looking fantastic and safe for future generations to enjoy.

We have started opening the castle on weekends in November and February for conservation themed tours, which are proving very popular, so that visitors can see what the castle looks like behind the scenes and learn about the kind of work needed to keep a 700 year old castle in good condition.

Find out about the conservation work our team do over the winter on our conservation tours
Conservation team members performing conservation work in front of visitors as part of conservation in action
Find out about the conservation work our team do over the winter on our conservation tours

Winter conservation is essential, but we are all happier when the castle is back fully open again for visitors to enjoy. The National Trust motto is 'Forever, for everyone' and both parts of that are very important to us. This year we are open daily from Saturday 25 February to Sunday 5 November, then weekends in November, and for Christmas opening from 2 to 23 December.

This video was created as our way of welcoming the new open season, saying thank you to our visitors, members, staff and volunteers for their fantastic support in 2016, and taking just a little look at what happens behind the scenes to get Chirk Castle open each day. Click the play icon above to take a look.