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Chirk Castle is a castle that is located at Chirk, Wrexham in Wales.

Chirk Castle is a castle that is located at Chirk, Wrexham in Wales.

Overview of Chirk Castle

• The castle was built in 1295 by Roger Mortimer de Chirk.
• He was the uncle of Roger Mortimer, 1st Earl of March as part of King Edward I’s chain of fortresses across the north of Wales.
• It guards the entrance to the Ceiriog Valley.
• It was the administrative centre for the Marcher Lordship of Chirkland.
• The castle was bought by Thomas Myddelton in 1595 for £5,000.
• During the 1930s the Castle was home to Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden who was a prominent patron of the arts and champion of Welsh culture.
• The Myddelton family resided at Chirk Castle until 2004.
• The castle is presently in the ownership of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty.
• It is open to the public between February and October.
• Access is by road.
• It is a stiff 45 minute walk from the railway station to the castle itself.
• The state rooms, towers and dungeons are staffed by well informed guides.
• The property is also notable for its gardens.
• The gardens are fileld with clipped yew hedges, herbaceous borders, rock gardens and terraces and surrounded by 18th century parkland.
• Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I that’s still alive today.
• A terrace with stunning views looks out over the Cheshire and Salop plains.
• The parkland provides a habitat for rare invertebrates, wild flowers and contains many mature trees.
• It has also some splendid wrought-iron gates, made in 1719 by the Davies brothers.
• Chirk Castle is a 700 year old marcher fortress.
• This castle commands fine views over the surrounding countryside.

Features from its 700 years include:
• The medieval tower and dungeon
• 17th-century Long Gallery
• Grand 18th-century state apartments
• Servants’ hall
• Historic laundry

The award-winning gardens contains:
• Clipped yews
• Herbaceous borders
• Shrubs
• Rock gardens

Places Not to Miss

• Meet the medieval guards and discover life 700 years ago.
• Try on armor and join in guard duty.
• Be awestruck by over 400 years of elegant family living.
• Explore new areas, like the kitchen garden, dovecote and orchard.
• Encounter Berkshire pigs, ancient trees and bluebells in the woods.
• Savor peace and quiet in the award-winning gardens.

General Information about Chirk Castle

• Address: Chirk, LL14 5AF
• Telephone: 01691 777701Email: Chirk Castle OS Grid Ref: 126:SJ275388

Opening times
Monday: Castle10am – 5pm, Estate7am – 7pm, Garden10am – 5pm, Shops10am – 5pm, State rooms11am – 5pm, Tea-rooms10am – 5pm, Tower10am – 5pm
Tuesday: Castle10am – 5pmEstate7am – 7pmGarden10am – 5pmShops10am – 5pmState rooms11am – 5pmTea-rooms10am – 5pmTower10am – 5pm
Wednesday: Castle10am – 5pmEstate7am – 7pmGarden10am – 5pmShops10am – 5pmState rooms11am – 5pmTea-rooms10am – 5pmTower10am – 5pm
Thursday: Castle10am – 5pmEstate7am – 7pmGarden10am – 5pmShops10am – 5pmState rooms11am – 5pmTea-rooms10am – 5pmTower10am – 5pm
Friday: Castle10am – 5pmEstate7am – 7pmGarden10am – 5pmShops10am – 5pmState rooms11am – 5pmTea-rooms10am – 5pmTower10am – 5pm
Saturday: Castle10am – 5pmEstate7am – 7pmGarden10am – 5pmShops10am – 5pmState rooms11am – 5pmTea-rooms10am – 5pmTower10am – 5pm
Sunday: Castle10am – 5pmEstate7am – 7pmGarden10am – 5pmShops10am – 5pmState rooms11am – 5pmTea-rooms10am – 5pmTower10am – 5pm
• The castle is open daily from 28th February 2009 to 1st November 2009, except on Monday and Tuesday.
• The castle is also open Bank Holidays and on Tuesdays through July and August.

Places Nearby Chirk Castle
• Erddig
• Powis Castle
• Garden Attingham Park

Facilities & Access

• Tea-room – seasonal menus, cream teas, homemade cakes.
• Gift shop.
• Free parking, 50 yards to Visitor Centre, 200 yards to castle.
• Visitor Centre to castle and garden.
• One-way system on driveway, follow signs to entrance.
Family & children
• Family activity rooms.
• Children’s play area.
• Giant-sized family games in the garden.
• Mobility parking for blue badge holders.
• Adapted toilet at visitor reception and castle courtyard.
• Stair climber in the State rooms.
• Building – access restricted to one wheelchair user at any one time.
• Grounds – three wheelchairs available, booking advisable.

– Gift Aid
Whole property
• Adult: £10.00
• Child: £5.00
• Family: £25.00
• Group: n/a
Garden and tower only
• Adult: £7.20
• Child: £3.60
• Family: £18.00
• Group: n/a

– Standard
Whole property
• Adult: £9.00
• Child: £4.50
• Family: £22.50
• Group: £8.50
Garden and tower only
• Adult: £6.48
• Child: £3.24
• Family: £16.20
• Group: £6.12

Chirk Castle Entrance Gates and Lodge

• The magnificent iron gates are dated 1719.
• They bear the coat-of-arms of the Myddelton family of Chirk Castle.
• They are the work of the Davies Brothers, Robert and John of Croesfoel Forge, near Bersham, Wrexham.
• They were erected between 1719 and 1721.
• Sir Richard Myddelton commissioned the Davies Brothers to make the gates in January 1711 – 12.
• They were paid 2 shillings a day to begin with.
• Iron was made available from Sir Richard’s nearby Pont-y-Blew Forge.
• The original gates were intended to be located at the end of the drive from Chirk Castle gateway.
• It appears that the gates were positioned between flanking walls and screens to form a forecourt to the entrance to the Castle.
• The gates are overwhelming in their size and baroque detail.
• Their impressive barbaric splendor appears as too strong a statement for their present position as entrance gates.

Other Attractions

• Ardress House
• The Argory
• Bellaghy Bawn
• Castle Coole
• Castle Ward
• Downhill Mussenden Temple
• Florence Court
• Mount Stewart
• Palace Demesne
• Penrhyn Castle
• Plas Newydd Anglesey
• Plas Newydd Llangollen
• Springhill
• John Knox House

North wales Attractions

• Beaumaris – at the eastern tip of Anglesey.
• Caernarfon – planned seat of Edward I’s power in Wales. Located in the town of Caernarfon.
• Castell y Bere – Last stronghold of the Welsh Princes, and their most impressive fortress and located in Bro Dysynni.
• Chirk – Built in 1295 and a National Trust Property and is located in the Wrexham County.
• Conwy – built by Edward I to control the stategically significant town and river of the same name.
• Criccieth – Welsh built castle near the eastern end of the Lleyn Peninsula.
• Dinas Bran – atmospheric ruin on a hilltop near Llangollen.
• Dolbadarn – Welsh built castle situated between Llyn Peris and Llyn Padarn lakes, close to the town of Llanberis.
• Dolwyddelan – Welsh castle, in the village of the same name on the main A470 road between Betws-y-Coed and Blaenau.
• Ffestiniog: Reputed birthplace of Prince Llywelyn the Great. The Disney film Dragonslayer was filmed here.
• Flint – Edward I’s first castle in Wales, in the far north-east close to the English border in Flintshire.
• Harlech – Another of Edward I’s “ring of steel”. Looks menacingly across Tremadog Bay at Criccieth Castle.
• Rhuddlan – in the small town of the same name, south of Rhyl.

Stately Homes
• Plas Newydd – National trust property located in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, Wales.
• Erddig Hall – National Trust property located on the outskirts of Wrexham.

Heritage Railways
Standard gauge
• Llangollen Railway
Narrow gauge
• Bala Lake Railway
• Corris Railway, near Machynlleth
• Ffestiniog Railway, runs from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Porthmadog
• Llanberis Lake Railway
• Snowdon Mountain Railway runs from Llanberis all the way to the summit of Mount Snowdon
• Talyllyn Railway, Tywyn
• Welsh Highland Railway

Miniature Railways
• Conwy Valley Railway Museum, Betws-y-Coed
• Fairbourne Railway, south of Barmouth
• Rhyl Miniature Railway- The oldest miniature railway still running in the UK
• Gypsy Wood Park, Caernarfon – UK’s largest miniature G Scale garden railway

Things to do

• Sea Kayaking
• Rock Abseiling
• Cliff Jumping
• Sea Level Traversing
• Gorge Scrambling
• Mountain Horse Riding
• Indoor Karting, Caernarfon

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London.
• The attractions are mostly open all year round.
• July and August are the height of summer.
• These would also be the most expensive months.
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In the height of summer it is light until 22.00.

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How to get to Chirk Castle?

1. By Train
Chirk Train Station ¼ mile to gates, 1½ mile to castle

2. By Road
Entrance is:
• 1 mile off A5
• 2 miles west of Chirk village
• 7 miles south of Wrexham
• 5 miles from Llangollen, signposted off A483

3. By Bus
Arriva 2/A Wrexham to Oswestry

How to reach Northern Wales, Borderlands?

1. By Road
• North Wales Borderlands is within easy reach of the national motorway network.
• It is well served by main roads including the A55 Expressway and the A5 London to Holyhead route.
• Many of our towns are served by National Express Coaches.

2. By Rail
• North Wales Borderlands is served by a great rail network.
• There are links from London, Holyhead, Chester and Manchester.

3. By Air
• Both Manchester International Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airport are less than an hour’s drive from North Wales Borderlands.
• Both airports offer good public transport links to towns within the region.

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Lonely Planet Wales Wales Road Map AZ Frommer’s England and the Best of Wales 2012

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