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“Loved it!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle
Chirk LL14 5AF, Wales
+44 1691 777701
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Chirk
Type: Castles, Cultural
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The drive through the estate up to the car park gives a lovely introduction to the castle and sets the mood for a great visit.The castle is in incredible good shape and being very well maintained. I found the staff to be very knowledgeable and helpful. There are guided tours of the outside which run on the hour (meeting point by the portcullis). There were lots of young children visiting, and my impression was that they were very well entertained. Even though the gardens were closed due to the snow you could gain a great view from the stately rooms. The tea-rooms have seating outside in the courtyard - lovely atmosphere, especially if the sun comes out.

Visited April 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“King of the Castle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Oh dear, Chirk seems to have taken a bit of a battering in the most recent reviews, these comments do not in any way match our experience of this wonderful NT property. We have been on numerous occasions and have always had a wonderful time.
The first point is that parking is easy and if you do not want to walk up to the castle then there is a shuttle bus, this is marvellous as not everyone can manage the climb.
The gardens and woodland walks are simply lovely and I defy anyone not to like them. For those who like a longer walk and one which is dog friendly there is the long walk - this is well worthwhile but I would suggest wearing wellies or good walking shoes. The castle really is great although to get the best out of it you have to be quite fit and mobile so that you can get down to the dungeons and climb up to the top of the castle. The cafe is very good, don't be deceived by just looking in the entrance door as the cafe is much bigger than you would think, The food is typical NT but does the job nicely.
Finally we have always found the staff to be very good indeed. I do hope that you will visit this special place and I'm sure that you will have a great time.

Visited November 2012
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Cilcennin, United Kingdom
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“Dissapointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Visited on 6th April as a family, with two boys aged 7 and 3. Due to the snow, you were unable to walk around the gardens or the woodland walk but we thought we would have a good look around the castle anyway. Unfortunately half the building did not open until 12pm. We arrived at 10am, when the Fortress and tea-rooms were open, but nothing else! The 'medieval guard' in the fortress was very enthusiastic and informative, and the children enjoyed trying on the armour and holding bows and various weapons! The castle itself is very impressive and the view is fantastic. However, due to the fact that there was very little open and it was quite a cold day, we ended up leaving after an hour and venturing over to the much more impressive Erddig House - I would highly recommend this instead! If I had realised how little there was to do there, we may have ventured over after 12pm so that we could have seen everything. I don't understand why they don't open everything at the same time? As we are NT members, at least we had not wasted our money there, but for those who had paid the £10.50 (adults) and £5.25 (child) I would certainly be wanting my money back!!

Visited April 2013
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“Poor staff, very poor visit”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Arrived at 10am when NT guide book states whole property opens. Staff did not exlplain when we arrived that prior to noon you cannot see hardly anything without a guided tour.
So we climb the hill in freezing conditions, lots snow on grounds. All we see is one stone tower and an old kitchen.
The chapel is closed.
The east wing is closed.
The gardens are closed.
With nothing to do did not intend ahnging around until noon for state rooms, so walked back down hill to ticket office and expensive shop.
National trust you need to get a grip, why not open everything at the same time, apart from the gardens.

Visited April 2013
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Crewe, United Kingdom
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“Chirk Castle in the Snow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

Visited here Easter Sunday, having checked prior on the National Trust Website what was open. Found the Gardens to be closed as where the woodland walks due to the snow.
What a magnificent site Chirk Castle looked in the snow. Having paid full price for admission we climbed the hill to the castle.
Stood and viewed the surrounding countryside still covered in snow. The inside of the castle was impressive as we moved from room to room. The room guides where informative.
Easter egg hunt for the children and a supply of sledges where available from the ticket office.
We went to cafe for a cup of tea, plenty of places to sit inside a little cold in the tower part of the cafe.
Good afternoon out just a shame the gardens were closed

Visited March 2013
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