Open Doors

This September, we're joining more than 150 of Wales’ historic sites, landmarks and hidden gems to offer visitors free entry.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

On Saturday 17 September, enjoy free entry to Chirk Castle and Gardens.

It’s all part of Open Doors — Wales’ annual contribution to the European Heritage Days initiative, which invites heritage organisations, private owners, local authorities and others to open their doors or offer activities to the public free of charge during September.

Funded and organised by Cadw, the ever-popular festival of Wales’ built heritage will this year, encourage Welsh residents and visitors alike to explore some of the country’s lesser-known and smaller-scale sites ― several of which are usually closed to the public.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Chirk Castle

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.40 £14.00
Child £7.70 £7.00
Family £38.50 £35.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £13.30
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £6.65

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

National Trust members have free admission. A child ticket is for ages 5 to 17. Under 5's are free. A family ticket is for two adults and up to three children. Access to the estate is free, but admission is required to access the castle or gardens. Group visits should be booked in advance. There is no charge for car parking.

The basics

Suitability
Children welcome
Accessibility
All registered assistance dogs are welcome in the gardens and inside the castle. Our visitor shuttlebus runs from 10:30am to 4:45pm from the Ticket Office, up the steep hill to the Castle. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair or step-free access to the castle interior, but there is a step-free route of the garden. Please contact us if you’d like to borrow and reserve a wheelchair.

Upcoming events

Have a go at Archery

Sat 20 Aug 2022
11:00-16:00
Fancy yourself as a bit of a Robin Hood? Have a go at archery at Chirk Castle this August. Suitable for all ages.

Battle of Crogen Re-enactment

Sat 03 Sep 2022
10:00-17:00
Take your place on the battlefield and watch as members of medieval re-enactment groups recreate one of Wales' most iconic battles.

Outdoor cinema - Mamma Mia!

Fri 09 Sep 2022
20:15-22:30
This summer we celebrate 50 years of ABBA with a special outdoor cinema screening of Mamma Mia! at Chirk Castle.

Outdoor cinema - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Sat 10 Sep 2022
20:15-22:30
Expecto patronum! A magical outdoor cinema experience at Chirk Castle with a showing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Outdoor cinema - Pretty Woman

Sun 11 Sep 2022
20:15-22:30
A fantastic outdoor cinema experience in the stunning grounds of Chirk Castle with a showing of the classic Pretty Woman!

Open Doors

Sat 17 Sep 2022
10:00-17:00
This September, we're joining more than 150 of Wales’ historic sites, landmarks and hidden gems to offer visitors free entry.