Chirk Travel Guide

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Chirk Things to Do

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

    A bit further north of Chirk is another aqueduct, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which dates from 1805. It's the same canal, the Llangollen Canal, and it also was constructed by Thomas Telford. The aqueduct is larger than the Chirk Aqueduct – 1000 foot long and 120 feet high. If you'd like to cross the aqueduct, you can take one of the leisure boat...

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  • Chirk Aqueduct & Tunnel

    The canal that is passing Chirk in the west is the Llangollen Canal. Here you Chirk you find two interesting sights: An aqueduct over the river Ceiriog, and a tunnel directly afterwards. The aqueduct was constructed by Thomas Telford, a famous canal builder. It was open in 1801 and is only 70 foot high. Next to that aqueduct is a railway viaduct...

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  • Chirk Castle and gardens

    Chirk Castle was built by Edward I in 1310 to dominate the borderlands and is one of the few castles that we visited which is still intact. You can visit the rooms of the Myddelton family, interesting rooms with old furniture. In each room were flyers with information on the room. These state rooms are only open from noon, and you can take photos...

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  • LETTERBOX AT CHIRK CASTLE

    Located near the Visitor Centre, is a lovely, big and old Letterbox. Buy your postcards from the Visitor centre, then post them from here!

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  • CHIRK CASTLE COAT OF ARM'S

    Well, I guess I should say, the owner's [Myddelton coat of arms]I saw a few of them, a good one is above the entrance way to Chirk Castle.What is interesting, is there is a myth about a "red Hand", and if you look, you will see it in the coat of arm's. One story tells of a dispute which arose between two young lads in the family, this involved...

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  • CHIRK CASTLE DETAIL'S

    We came to Chirck Castle by Car, this was easy as we just had to follow the sign's.I did notice the Arriva 2/A Wrexham to Oswestry is listed for the Castle, but am not sure if it takes you to the Castle itself.When we were quite close to the Castle, we noticed a car park down the bottom of the hill, and this was where we had to park.So, you guessed...

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  • CHIRK CASTLE GARDEN'S

    There is plenty to see here, so allow plenty of time.Chirk Castle has been occupied virtually continuously as a castle and stately home for almost 700 years.My main interest and what took me most time, was walking around and enjoying the lovely garden.Lady Margaret Myddleton brought the gardens back to life after the Second World War - a time when...

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  • CHIRK CASTLE ENTRANCE GATE'S

    All we had to do to find Chirk Castle, was to follow the sign's from the Village, easy!The route took us through some beautiful countryside to a very nice wrought iron Gate, so nice that I had to take a photo.The magnificent baroque designed iron gates [1719], bear the coat-of-arms of the Myddelton family of Chirk Castle. The original gates were...

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  • AQUEDUCT HIGH VIEWPOINT

    The high viewpoint is where my husband went. There is a seat, and an excellent view of the Aqueduct. This is where people with walking difficulties must go.OK, you don't get to view the Boat's entirely coming out of the Tunnel, but you do have a great view.Photo's are taken from top viewpoint

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  • A SHORT WALK!

    A short walk, less than 2miles!We were on Castle road, so I found the Aqueduct sign and walked down the track to the Canal.First I had a look at the tunnel area and the "Boat Jam", then turned left and headed across the Aqueduct.The view's are fantastic from here, and on the otherside is the massive Train Viaduct running parallel to the Canal. The...

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  • AQUEDUCT LOWER VIEW POINT

    The Chirk Aqueduct is a 70-foot high and 710-foot long navigable aqueduct that carries what is now the Llangollen Canal across the Ceiriog Valley near Chirk, on the England-Wales border.I wanted to see it close up, so down the Hill I walked and came out alongside the Narrow-boat's.This was a larger area than the Canal as it was a Boat park. Boat's...

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  • CAR PARK & INFORMATION

    We had driven by Car to Chirk and wished to view the Aqueduct, but where to park the car!We had noticed a car park further back, and after doing a tour of the block, we realized this is where we had to park the car and then walk.Well, all was not lost, as situated in the Car park, was the nice sign showing all the significant places in the area...

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  • Whittington Castle

    This is a 12thc. moated castle under reconstruction.Most of the castle was covered in scaffolding and fenced off as workmen went about their business.(Nice work.)A small carpark and pleasant grounds to walk in. There is access onto some parts of the ruins by a spiral staircase. From here, you get a reasonable view of the pond and moat, as well as...

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  • Oswestry Race Course

    Supposedly a popular beauty spot, the old racecourse common set high above and to the west of Oswestry.It was a hugely popular venue for horse racing up until 1850.Nowadays, you can still see hoof prints but only from horses being ridden for pleasure. It's an easy mile and a half walk on a figure of eight course which you can't really make out from...

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  • Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueducts

    If you are in the Chirk area you really should check out the spectacular aqueduct that spans the Ceiriog valley. And the nearby Pontcysyllte aqueduct just off the A5 near Llangollen (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Now over 200 years old and designed by Thomas Telford, the Scottish civil engineer so intrinsically linked with Shropshire.Still in use...

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  • Chirk Castle

    The obvious attraction in Chirk is the castle and it is a castle worth visiting. More of a huge fortified house really and if you check out my Chirk page it will give you more details about the history of the castle.Now under the ownership of the National Trust there is an admission charge (in April 2009 it was almost £10 for adults) but there's no...

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  • Fenn's and Whixall Mosses

    On our last full day, we decided to head for somewhere quiet so out came the map to look for reasonably interesting places for a walk. In the end, we chose a nature reserve to the east of Ellesmere, noting there were three parking areas marked on the map. This was Fenn's and Whixall Mosses trails, an area of raised bog, once used for peat cutting,...

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  • Ellesmere

    This, believe it or not, is classed as the Shropshire Lake District. What a laugh, it's all flat and there's only a few small, piddling lakes!!! In fact, we were never able to stop here, as all parking was taken up apart from a boggy pay and display park outside the town. So, it's a pleasant enough place with a lake slap bang in the middle that you...

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  • Chirk Castle Gardens

    Wonderful gardens, created and landscaped in 1764 by William Emes, with lawns, shrubberies, topiary, lime tree avenue and a woodland walk through the ancient hunting park. The views from the terrace extend over nine counties with the Shropshire and Cheshire plains in the foreground.As it was Easter, there was a family Easter egg hunt on so the...

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  • Chirk Castle

    A great place to visit, especially on a nice day. The entrance is miles along a minor road, off the B4500. A lovely driveway (one way system) through beautiful parkland.The marshalled carpark was filling up with a steady stream of cars as we arrived, before the castle was even open(the grounds open a couple of hours before the castle.)It was Easter...

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  • Offa's Dyke

    Offa's Dyke is the ancient boundary between England and Wales, built in the 8th c. by the Saxon King Offa. It was used to defend his western boundary against the Welsh princes.It travels 177 miles and still seems to incorporate some of todays boundaries.There are many footpaths allowing access to the Dyke and some good, circular walks that use the...

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Chirk Restaurants

  • Great restaurant

    This restaurant was recommended by Pam from the Berwyn B&B, and it was one of the best restaurants that we were at in Wales. We had a Celtic Burger with chips and a Beef Lasagne with garlic bread which all was very good. The house is pretty old with several entrance doors, and somehow we ended up walking through the whole building to the restaurant...

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  • GREAT FOOD - GREAT PRICE - GREAT...

    The Poacher's Pocket had a black board menu out the front that appealed to us, somewhere to park our car too, so it was decided upon to give it a try.We went inside, and managed to get the last inside table. Don't worry, there are plenty of outside table's! The canal runs at the back of the Inn, and it was full of a group of long boat people.Our...

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