Chirk Castle – A National Trust Gem
This review is by one of my blogger friends Jess about her trip to Chirk with her husband and two year old twins. Jess writes a fab blog over at Mummyofboygirltwins.com and she can regularly be found tweeting @soot1978. Jess can also be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Mummy-of-boy-girl-twins
So what is it?
Chirk Castle, completed in 1310, was built on an outcrop above the meeting point of two rivers. With lavish rooms steeped in history, 5.5 acres of lawns and gardens, as well as 480 acres of woodland to explore – this is a must see historic place for all ages.
Where is it?
Chirk is 7 miles south of Wrexham, in North Wales, UK. We followed our sat nav, and it easily took us to the main entrance.
Mummy (Jess), Daddy (Dave) and the twins (Harry & Lottie) who are 2 years old.
What did we do there?
When we arrived there were some mini-tractors by the visitor centre and so the twins hopped onto one each! The outdoor play area is also sited here, with some climbing frames for children of all ages, and so the twins had a climb and play.
We walked up to the castle and first looked around its impressive gardens. With 5.5 acres we could wander the lawns and explore the paths. The twins enjoyed running up and down the lawns and playing hide and seek! The gardens are beautiful and well kept; the lawns and trees are truly impressive and stunning. There are lots of areas to discover here.
We met a knight outside, which the twins loved! And then we put them into the stocks!…we were tempted to throw away the key!
After this we went inside and looked around the impressive and stunning rooms. They are lavishly furnished and show many different tastes and fashions of previous years. For children there’s dressing up, a projector room, and it was interesting to see how children would have lived all those many years ago.
What is there to eat?
There are tearooms in the castle grounds which serve drinks, food and very tasty looking cakes! We took a picnic with us and ate it on the grass outside, which was in a spectacular setting.
What are the facilities like?
There are plenty of toilets, and they cater for baby changing too. All of which we found to be very clean and well equipped.
The (free) car park is situated by the ticket office, 200 yards from the castle, with quite a steep hill on approach. We definitely needed our pushchair as our twins couldn’t have walked up this, round the castle and back down. However, we did notice a complimentary bus service for anyone struggling to access the castle.
Pushchairs are not permitted inside the castle but there is an area to store the pushchair during the tour inside.
There are plenty of staff outside and inside, all very knowledgeable, all extremely helpful and friendly.
Would we recommend it?
Definitely. We find it difficult to select places for our family days out, that the twins can walk around safely, but that also has plenty for their age group too. This medieval castle has a playground for youngsters, plus lots of gardens to explore, and plenty of historic activities for children to get involved in.
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