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Family days out at Chirk Castle

A family with a pushchair walking through the garden at Chirk Castle in summer
The garden at Chirk Castle in summer | © National Trust Images/James Dobson

Find inspiration for your next family outing at Chirk Castle. Explore the Adam Tower, complete with dungeons, medieval toilets and murder holes, tick off some '50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities, and run off some energy in our natural play area.

Planning your family visit

Here is the information you need at a glance to make the most of your next family day out to Chirk Castle:

  • Children under 5 visit for free
  • Baby changing facilities are located in the toilets at Home Farm and the castle's courtyard
  • Our tea room serves children's lunch boxes and a range of hot meals, sandwiches, ice cream and cakes
  • Picnics welcome
  • There is no access for prams into the castle's rooms. A parking area is available
  • Our shuttlebus takes visitors up and down the hill to the castle and runs throughout the day

Summer of Play (From July 20)

Polish your armour and grab your shields as you take on the ultimate challenge this summer at Chirk Castle’s Medieval knights' training camp.

Dress up like a warrior and enjoy constructing your own castle playing before climbing, balancing and weaving your way through obstacles made from straw in the field of play.

Fun for all ages, there will be plenty to explore and discover, including knight’s challenges hidden throughout the bales and mini-maze.

Then recharge your batteries at the rest station where you can lie back on a deck chair and get creative on our storytelling boards.

On selected dates there will be led archery and fencing sessions.

Fully trained knights can also look forward to returning to the castle in autumn where they will have a chance to put these new-found skills to the test in the ultimate medieval monster challenge.

Summer of Play is sponsored by Starling Bank.

Family fun in the East Wing

Bring the family and explore newly reopened spaces in Chirk Castle's East Wing in a way never experienced before this summer.

From 20 July (11am-4pm), enjoy arts and crafts, create and hang your own portrait, design wallpaper, build a soft play fortress, play and use your imagination in the dress up area in this indoor space - perfect whatever the summer weather.

Then get involved and have your say on how you would like this unfurnished space to be used in the future.

Two children pretending to be stuck in the stocks in the courtyard at Chirk Castle; one with their feet through the foot holes and another child watching.
Children playing in the stocks at Chirk Castle | © National Trust Images/Trevor Ray Hart

Things to see and do at Chirk Castle

Adam Tower

We recommend your visit starts at the medieval Adam Tower, where signs of the castle's medieval past can be seen. Have fun dressing up in armour, go on the hunt for the medieval garderobes (toilets to you and me) and murderholes, and venture down into the two-level dungeons... if you're brave enough!

Wild play area

Our outdoor play area at Home Farm is great to keep little ones entertained. It is conveniently located next to the Kiosk which serves hot and cold drinks and snacks, with ample outdoor seating. So, it's a great place to stop to run off some energy, or for a rest before tackling the hill up to the castle.

Children must be supervised at all times. Kiosk opening times vary.

50 things to do before you’re 11¾

Bring your family closer to nature with 50 ideas designed to help us play and explore. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to do all year round, here's some that you can do at Chirk Castle:

No. 1 Get to know a tree

Every tree has something special about it. Search for clues in its roots, bark and branches to uncover its story. Measure how wide its trunk is with your arms and use your hands to feel the texture of its bark – is it bumpy, rough or smooth? Are there any flowers or seeds growing there? You could make a rubbing with paper and a crayon to reveal the lines and patterns.

No. 9 Eat a picnic in the wild

You're welcome to picnic in our gardens and on the estate. There are some picnic tables located in front of the castle, benches dotted around the garden and shadey spot next to hedges and under trees. Before you set off, it’s time to raid the fridge but if you fancy an extrra treat or two, our courtyard tearoom has takeaway hot and cold food, snacks and cakes.

No. 33 Go cloud watching

Pick your spot in the garden on a dry day, lie back on the grass and look up. What can you see? Use your imagination to pick out shapes and pictures in the clouds as they drift by. Do they resemble anything, like animals, trees or cartoon characters?

If the sky is bright, make sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and remember, don't look directly at the sun.

The East Front and yew topiary at Chirk Castle, Wrexham, Wales

Discover more at Chirk Castle

Find out when Chirk Castle is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

View of the Cromwell Hall at Chirk Castle, showing the fireplace, table and chair

Visiting Chirk Castle 

Chirk Castle was never planned as a family home. It was one of several medieval Marcher fortresses along the Welsh-English border, built to keep the Welsh under English rule.

Visitors walking in the parkland with their dog at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire

Visiting Chirk Castle with your dog 

The 480-acre estate can be a great place to explore with your pooch whatever the weather. Find out more about where you can take your dog and where you can stop for a tasty treat.

Colourful roses and trimmed topiary in the garden at Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Visiting the garden at Chirk Castle 

Indulge your senses and refresh your spirit with a gentle wander amongst the scents and seasonal colours of the rare shrubs and flowers in this lovely five-and-a-half acre garden.

National Trust School of Gardening book and gardening tools in the shop

Eating and shopping at Chirk Castle 

Visit our tea-room and enjoy homemade cakes that are baked daily, using the freshest ingredients. Or visit the gift shop which is packed with handmade treats and souvenirs.