The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Chirk Castle

Indulge your senses and refresh your spirit with a gentle wander amongst the scents and colours of the rare shrubs and flowers in this lovely 5.5 acre garden. First laid out by Sir Thomas Myddelton II in 1653 following contemporary French examples, it remained mostly unaltered until 1764 when Richard Myddelton commissioned the landscape architect William Emes to remodel the gardens and parkland. Emes made substantial changes, moving fences, walls, pathways, and planting vast lawns and thousands of trees.

In the 19th century yew topiary, hedges and wrought iron gates were introduced, and then under the guidance of Lord Howard de Walden in the early twentieth century the celebrated gardener Norah Lindsay created a magnificent herbaceous border on the Upper Lawn. The gardens were neglected during the Second World War until they were revived by Lady Margaret Myddelton, creating the colourful planting scheme that our dedicated team of three full-time gardeners and garden volunteers maintain.

“When first, I did begin, to make this garden, I did undertake, A worke, I knew not when begun, what it would cost, ere it was donn, but I repent not, for ye poore, doe there finde worke; had none before." - Sir Thomas Myddelton II, circa 1620s

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Fact File

Opening Times: 3 February to 4 November, daily 10am to 4pm (5pm April to September). November weekends, and 8 to 23 December 10am to 4pm.
Admission Rates: Please see website for prices.
Groups Rates: Discounted rates for group bookings.
Facilities: Café, snack kiosk (seasonal), NT Shops, Car & Coach Park.
Disabled Access: Yes accessible toilet and parking on site. Wheelchairs on loan. Shuttle bus from carpark to castle and gardens. Accessible path in the gardens.
Tours/Events: Phone or check our website for details
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 3 hours +
Booking Contact: Chirk Castle, Chirk, LL14 5AF
Telephone: 01691 777 701
Email: chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk
Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
Address: Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AF
Location: Chirk Castle is 7 miles south of Wrexham, 8 miles north of Oswestry and 5 miles from Llangollen. It is clearly signposted from the A5 and A483.

Updated 14/12/2017

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