Chirk Castle

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Attraction Category: Activities, Family Fun in and around Oswestry, Plants, gardens, nurseries and garden centres near Oswestry, Iconic attractions of Oswestry and The Welsh Borderlands, Border Landscapes near Oswestry, and Arts, Crafts, Culture and more

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    A magnificent marcher fortress built by Roger Mortimer over 700 years ago – during the reign of King Edward I. It was bought by Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1595, and was then owned by the Myddelton family for over 400 years. Extensive work has been done over generations of Myddelton family ownership to turn the medieval fortress into a comfortable family home.

    The beautiful gardens offer beautiful seasonal planting, and commanding views over the Cheshire/Shropshire plains. The 480 acre estate has several walking paths of different difficulties, and is crossed by the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Offa’s Dyke.

    Visit in spring to see the snowdrops and take woodland walks. There is a varied programme of events and activities throughout the year – visit in June for the Knights and Princesses weekend or find out more about Chirk’s past with the English Civil War and Battle of Crogen re-enactment weekends. There are also  opportunities for kids trails, nature themed activities, guided walks, bat walks and talks all through the summer.


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