The National Trust’s Chirk Castle estate includes over 480 acres of woodland and parkland to explore, with carpets of bluebells, veteran trees, and a beautifully preserved section of the historic Offa’s Dyke.
The estate is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has also been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest as an important habitat for rare invertebrates, bats, fungi, and wildflowers.
We’ve set up our Woodland Classroom in the heart of the ancient woodland, surrounded by towering trees and woodland wildflowers. We host groups, adult learners and school children here at our basecamp.
Chirk Castle is 7 miles south of Wrexham, 8 miles north of Oswestry and just 5 miles from Llangollen. It’s easily accessible for groups coming buy bus from Chester, Shrewsbury and beyond.
“The ancient trees across the estate provide a rich habitat for many species.” – Carl Green, Chirk Castle Head Ranger
We’re excited to be working in partnership with the National Trust to offer this fantastic and varied estate land to groups for our outdoor education sessions. With natural log seating, a fire pit and a wealth of wildlife, Chirk Castle is perfect for training courses, nature therapy, environmental education and school visits.
If you’re dropping off your loved ones for an event or workshop with us then you have the option to enjoy the estate’s parkland and woodland footpath network or even continue onto the castle itself to experience a wealth of history. For more information on everything this stunning National Trust property has to offer visitors, just click through to their website HERE. Seperate charges apply for accessing the formal gardens and castle.
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DIRECTIONS TO CHIRK CASTLE
Address: Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF.
Arriving By Car: Chirk Castle is clearly signposted from the A5 and A483. From the A5 proceed 1 mile to Chirk village, the entrance to the estate is 2 miles west of Chirk village and is clearly signposted. Please note: When you arrive by car at the white iron gates please continue to your right. The entrance to the estate is 1.4 miles further on.
Arriving By Bus: Hop on the Arriva 2/A bus route from Wrexham to Oswestry will drop off in Chirk Village near the train station.
Arriving by Train: Chirk Station is on the Shrewsbury to Chester line. Trains run on two routes operated by Arriva Trains Wales: hourly northbound services to Holyhead via Wrexham General and Chester, and hourly southbound services to Shrewsbury then continuing alternately to give a 2 hourly service to both Birmingham International and Cardiff Central. From Chirk Train Station it is ¼ mile to the gates of the estate, and 1½ miles in total to the castle. See directions on foot for more details.
Arriving by Bicycle: Find your route here.
A Brief History of the Chirk Castle Estate
There has been a hunting forest here as long as there has been a castle, including a vast medieval deer park. At its height in the seventeenth century the estate was a sprawling 10,000 acres. Today the woodland is 70% oak trees, including some amazing and unique veteran trees many hundreds of years old. The National Trust are part of the Veteran Tree Initiative, helping to conserve veteran trees. Part of this is a 25 year tree planting scheme based on original designs, where 1,500 trees will be planted, replacing those trees which have been lost. The estate is also located within the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Upcoming Events at Chirk Castle
We host a regular programme of courses and events for old and young alike at Chirk Castle. Below you can see what’s coming up at this great venue.