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Chirk Castle, Nr Wrexham, Wales

Chirk Castle, Nr Wrexham, Wales

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We have had a brilliant day today. The girls have finally got to an age where a full day out with them is good fun, they can manage without a nap and enjoy exploring.

After visiting Speke Hall yesterday and joining the National Trust again, we decided to make the most of it and visit another National Trust place today.  We thought about Dunham Massey, Tatton Park and Erdigg (all within an hour drive) but decided upon Chirk Castle mainly because their halloween activities had started for half term, neither of us had been before and it also said there was an opportunity to build a den which is one of the 50 things to do before you are 11 and 3/4and we have started completing our list!

We arrived at Chirk Castle and immediately loved it.  We spent an hour building dens with logs, twigs and trees.  There was a ‘Castle’ built with logs, dens with chairs in, a log sea-saw, and adventure stepping stones.  The girls would have been pleased if we had just stopped there.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers
Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

If you are local, this bit is completely free and outside of any area you need to pay for.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dragging the girls away from their dens and castle, by promising them they could carve a pumpkin, we actually made our way into the Courtyard of the farm buildings.  Here we carved a pumpkin, made a necessary 3 toilet stops and topped up on drinks.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

The Castle is a ten minute walk up hill (with toddlers) maybe five without. You can also get a mini bus up which runs at very regular intervals.  We had to persuade the girls to miss the playground as we knew we had to get back home by 4 for a party (3 actually – we were late by mistake) but it looked like good fun for ten minutes or so.  The views on the way up were stunning and we had good fun playing with shadows in the autumn sunshine.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

We had intended to go on the ghost walk that was on for half term, but seeing the Castle at the top of the hill, the girls all decided they were ‘too scared of ghosts’ and wanted to go round the Castle instead.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

The National Trust has really upped its game in the last few years and have started to make their visitor attractions much more interactive for children.  The ladies at the entrance to the Castle took the girls to one side and told them they had to try and find the toy wolves in each room.  It made all the rooms really interesting for them, and kept them engaged. A simple idea but it really worked.  Can you spot the wolf in the photo below??

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

In some rooms there was also fancy dress to play with, and there seemed to be much less things they weren’t allowed to touch.

We managed to find dragon costumes

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

and chain mail to be actual knights.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

There was also a family room at the top of a tower where the girls could do some colouring, make jigsaws (of knights naturally) and build a castle.  I was incredibly impressed that at every turn there was something else for them to do.  In places like this there is usually only a ‘token’ child activity. This seemed to have been designed with children in mind.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers


Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

After the Castle we had planned on eating our picnic in the sunshine but the rain had started to fall, although only lightly.  We found a very convenient step to eat our sandwiches on, just under the entrance. Quite grand really! We also threatened to leave the girls in the stocks if they didn’t eat them (not really…)

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers
Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

I thought we had probably exhausted all the Castle had to offer at that point, but we thought we would have a quick wander through the formal gardens.  The sun came out again as we went into the gardens and it was time for some running and rolling down hills.

Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers


Chirk Castle with Mini TravellersChirk Castle with Mini Travellers

The formal gardens right next to the Castle also lead onto some fantastic landscaped gardens, with woodland walks, a pergola and beautiful flowers. For ours, it was just another fabulous space to run around in.  On another visit we would definitely spend more time here exploring, but as you can see from the photos it was beautiful and golden.


Chirk Castle with Mini Travellers

We had run out of time at this point, so we left vowing to go back. We hadn’t even been in the woods and there was so much more of the gardens to see.  Thank you Crick Castle, we will be recommending you to all our friends.

For another review of Crick Castle, please see this review by Mummy of Boy Girl Twins.

 

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Hayley @hayleyfromhome

Saturday 1st of November 2014

They have so much more kiddy friendly bits there than I remember, I went a few years ago pre-children and thought it was fantastic so would be great to go back again. My husband loves a good castle too! Lovely that you got some time in the gardens too xx #countrykids

Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

Saturday 1st of November 2014

Weve been to Wales once this summer and I am so amaze of the beauty of the place! The ruins, the castles! Just amazing! I wish we can go back and see this place too =) #countrykids

Christine

Saturday 1st of November 2014

I still can't spot the wolf in the photograph although I'm sure it's obvious once you know! Sounds like you had a great day there. #pocolo

76sunflowers

Saturday 1st of November 2014

You are definitely right in saying the NT have upped their game where children are concerned and I'm so glad of that! We love the NT but haven't explored any Welsh properties. This castle looks ideal for the family. Thank you! :)

Heledd

Thursday 30th of October 2014

Karen this looks like another fun day out - and you got to do some pumpkin carving! Got to love the good old National Trust, they have some amazing places and this looks like another classic.

Days like this is what being a family is all about to me.

Thanks for hosting #SundayStars xx

Mini Travellers

Thursday 30th of October 2014

thanks Heledd

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