Exploring Chirk Castle

We love exploring new places and the little boys especially love going on new adventures.

When the big kids are busy, I try to find lots of adventures to keep the little ones occupied.

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They even ask now most days “are we going on an adventure?”. Sometimes the adventures are to new places and sometimes it can be as simple as going on a bug or creepy crawly hunt at the park. The important thing is simply that they get a sense of exploring somewhere.

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Today we set off to visit Chirk Castle, somewhere we have never been to before. It is a magnificent fortress near Wrexham in North Wales. It was sunny and quite mild when we set off, although the sun didn’t exactly last long.

There was lots of excitement over all the daffodils on the way up to the castle and these little legs kept going all the way to the top!

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Chirk Castle is part of the National Trust and if you haven’t been, I urge you to visit as the castle itself, gardens and the views are spectacular.

There was a lot of excitement in the car on the way there about maybe seeing Mike the Knight or a princess tapped in a tower. Sadly, Mike the Knight wasn’t available and this is what we thought about that…

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The drive up to the castle car park was super as their were lots of sheep with blue bottoms which the boys find utterly hysterical at the moment – so Mummy got extra points for that!

We explored the grounds for a good few hours. There is lots to see and something new and exciting around every corner.

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The rain started to come down when we were at the furthest point from the car, so we just carried on anyway and hid under a few trees in the garden. You can of course explore inside the castle but the boys prefer being outside so we mainly did that.

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We also popped into the dungeons for a look around and came across all sorts of things to touch and look at. The boys were shocked how heavy everything was.

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The castle itself still looked stunning in the rain – it was such a lovely place to explore. You can also visit the family activity room to play games, try on costumes, and discover the history of the castle.

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No adventure would be complete without a bit of tree climbing now would it? Followed by a big jump down of course!

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This was how the car park looked by the time we finally got back to the car…rather wet!

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We aren’t put off though and the boys were still smiling and enjoyed their adventure, despite the fact we all needed a change of clothes.

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Have you ever been to Chirk Castle? Where is your closest National Trust location?

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143 comments

  1. I have never been but sounds so lovely and love all your fun filled photos too. Thanks for sharing your family adventures on #ShareWithMe Hope you have a great rest of the week.

  2. It looks like you had a fun time. We visited Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire during the holiday – the National Trust have may wonderful places to visit don’t they?

  3. Never been or even heard of Chirk castle before, looks like a great place to visit – Love how the children were able to feel how heavy the armour etc was too.
    My nearest NT location is Ascott House, but it is not really a family-friendly place, the better place for that is Waddesdon Manor

  4. We haven’t been but are always looking for new adventures and keep meaning to explore more of the country we live in, rather than venturing abroad or over the boarder. Our nearest National Trust is probably Penbryn beach. Lovely out of season as you can have it all to yourself.

  5. Exploring new places and having adventures is top of our list, too. Lovely review and lovely pics. Thanks for sharing.

  6. A great place to visit with so much to do and see – and who wouldn’t love seeing blue-bottomed sheep?

  7. I love the picture of the bright yellow and red splash of colour against the impressive castle walls!

  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful time there. I often find it’s not so bad when it’s raining as it puts the crowds off and you can enjoy yourself much more 🙂

  9. These are some lovely photos, the castle looks great. We are huge castle goers, we’re not fussed on the national trust passes, theres hardly anything to see in wales in our area. We have cadw passes though and have access to loads of sites here in south wales 😀 Our favorite is caldicot castle.

  10. Sound like a fab place to visit! The National Trust do such a great job of making these places an interesting visit for all ages

  11. The National Trust is always reliable for a good day out, my sister has a family membership and renews it every year.

  12. My nearest one is Washington Old Hall but my favourite National Trust in the area is Wallington Hall as it has the most beautiful walled gardens x

  13. We visit Chirk Castle 2 or 3 times a year. It is a great family day out and they host some lovely special events. Christmas time is especially nice.

  14. Looks like you all had a fun time at the castle. I think a bit of rain shouldn’t stop people from going out and having fun xx

  15. Looks like you had a great time despite the weather, our nearest National trust site is Nymans Gardens – although we’ve not been there yet x

  16. We went to Chirk Castle a few years ago now. I remember our weather was very similar to yours! but we still had a great day out 🙂

  17. Looks like you had a lovely day! I have never been but it looks like a great place to visit

  18. Love North Wales, but have never heard of Chirk Castle – will have to look out on our next trip

  19. Definitely worth a visit during the upcoming school holidays! Thanks for the recommendation.

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