Father Christmas Grotto 2019 (sold out)

SOLD OUT. Visit Father Christmas in his cosy, traditional grotto at Chirk Castle. Bring along your wish list, we hope you've been good!

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

SOLD OUT. The popular Chirk Castle grotto returns, with jolly old Saint Nicholas stopping by to meet the children and hand out his presents.

This year there are also some Friday grotto slots if you have younger children or would like to visit on a quieter day.

Visits to the grotto include meeting Father Christmas and a present.

Normal admission or National Trust membership is also required in addition to the fee for the grotto. A customer booking fee of 5% applies.

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • All £6.00
View admission charges
Chirk Castle

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.50
Child £7.50 £6.75
Family £37.50 £33.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £11.50
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.75
Whole property: off-peak
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £7.50 £6.75
Child £3.75 £3.35
Family £18.75 £16.85
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.75
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £2.85

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...

Please note: we offer reduced, off-peak pricing from 2 February to 8 March 2019, and 9 to 24 November 2019 (weekends only), when the main castle rooms are not fully open due to conservation work.

The basics

Booking details
Call 0344 249 1895
There are 5 tickets in each 15 min time slot.
Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Please enter through the Ticket Office by the main car park, the grotto is then located in the castle courtyard.
What to bring and wear
The grotto is located on the South Wing ground floor, but may cool so please dress appropriately in warm clothing.
Accessibility
The grotto is on the ground floor and is wheelchair accessible.
Other
There are 5 tickets in each 15 min time slot, please arrive for the beginning of your time slot, you may have a short wait. A ticket is required for each child that wants to see Father Christmas and receive a present. Adults do not need grotto tickets. The grotto is inside the castle, so normal admission or National Trust membership is required in addition to the fee for the grotto. A customer booking fee of 5% applies.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
15 December 2019 10:15 - 10:30 Sold out
10:30 - 10:45 Sold out
10:45 - 11:00 Sold out
11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
13:30 - 13:45 Sold out
13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
14:15 - 14:30 Sold out
14:45 - 15:00 Sold out
15:00 - 15:15 Sold out
15:15 - 15:30 Sold out
15:30 - 15:45 Sold out
20 December 2019 11:00 - 11:15 Available
11:15 - 11:30 Available
11:30 - 11:45 Available
11:45 - 12:00 Available
12:15 - 12:30 Available
12:30 - 12:45 Available
12:45 - 13:00 Available
21 December 2019 10:15 - 10:30 Sold out
10:30 - 10:45 Sold out
10:45 - 11:00 Sold out
11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
13:30 - 13:45 Sold out
13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
14:15 - 14:30 Sold out
14:45 - 15:00 Sold out
15:00 - 15:15 Sold out
15:15 - 15:30 Sold out
15:30 - 15:45 Sold out
22 December 2019 10:15 - 10:30 Sold out
10:30 - 10:45 Sold out
10:45 - 11:00 Sold out
11:00 - 11:15 Sold out
11:30 - 11:45 Sold out
11:45 - 12:00 Sold out
12:00 - 12:15 Sold out
12:15 - 12:30 Sold out
13:30 - 13:45 Sold out
13:45 - 14:00 Sold out
14:00 - 14:15 Sold out
14:15 - 14:30 Sold out
14:45 - 15:00 Sold out
15:00 - 15:15 Sold out
15:15 - 15:30 Sold out
15:30 - 15:45 Sold out

Contact Info

Name
Booking line
Email
chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 0844 2491895

Upcoming events

Christmas of make-believe 2019

Sun 15 Dec 2019
10:00-16:00
Enter a world of make-believe at Chirk Castle this Christmas. Follow the footsteps of the six children of Lord and Lady Howard de Walden in the 1920s as we decorate Chirk Castle as a fantastical castle of theatre and fairytales.

Father Christmas Grotto 2019 (sold out)

Sun 15 Dec 2019
10:15-10:30
SOLD OUT. Visit Father Christmas in his cosy, traditional grotto at Chirk Castle. Bring along your wish list, we hope you've been good!

Christmas table centre crafts

Sun 15 Dec 2019
11:00-15:00
Join our garden team to make your own festive table centre.

Storytelling and make-believe

Sun 15 Dec 2019
11:00-16:00
We welcome favourite storyteller Andy Harrop-Smith to Chirk Castle's Christmas of make-believe, for fantastical tales, tremendous tricks and fun for all ages.

Chirk Handbell Ringers

Sun 15 Dec 2019
12:00-16:00
We welcome the Chirk Handbell RIngers to the castle to continue a hundred year old tradition.

Nordic Walking (Tues)

Tue 17 Dec 2019
10:00-11:30
Get fit and have fun with weekly volunteer guided Nordic Walking sessions at Chirk Castle.