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Wonderful building and grounds
Chirk Castle (Wales)
Member Name: nodbod1
Chirk Castle (Wales)
Advantages: Wonderful grand property
Disadvantages: No restaurant
Chirk Castle is run by the national trust. It's a wonderful castle that was used as a family home for 400 years. The building itself is very old; completed in 1310.
The inside of the property is very grand and has been really well maintained. They have to control the light levels to preserve the materials but it isn't anywhere near as dark as nearby Erddig House. You can wander round on your own or opt for a guided tour.
It also has a lovely garden and parkland for nature walks.
There's lots of fun things for kids, toy trackers to play on, a playground, a den building area, suits of armour to try on as well as animals to see in the grounds plus regular special events.
Unfortunately unlike most other national trust properties, it doesn't have a restaurant although it does have a tea shop and a kiosk for snacks. Erdigg House (also National Trust owned) is not far away and whilst the property isn't as great as Chirk Castle, it does have a good restaurant if you're after a full meal - obviously this is best for NT members whereby it's free entrance anyway. Entrance to Chirk Castle is £9 for adults but i'd highly recommend membership, it's best value if you join online rather than at the property; you can visit properties immediately because they e mail a temporary membership pass.
Summary: Great day out
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