Whilst allegedly derived from the word “Church”, one of Chirk’s most notable places to visit has to be Chirk Castle. In the early 12th Century the Normans built the Marcher fortress to the castle which to this very day proudly guards the entrance into the Ceiriog Valley.
Steeped in history and now owned by the National Trust, Chirk Castle also carries with it an air of mystery with tales of the “Red Hand” contained within its coat of arms. Many different stories claim to hold the secret and the friendly staff here will help you decide which one you choose to believe!
Other places of notable interest are Chirk’s historic railway station and of course, the very stunning Ceiriog Valley itself which falls second to none on photo opportunities.
Another ‘must see’ whilst visiting the area is the Chirk Aqueduct which is certainly a massive hit with the tourists – and it’s easy to see why. For a truly breathtaking experience you can even hire a canal boat for the day to soak in the stunning sights offered by both the Chirk and Pontcysyllte aqueducts or simply stroll canal side and perhaps stop for refreshments along the way. You’ll certainly find no shortage of pubs and places to eat by the canal meaning you can walk as little or as much as you like at your own pace. You’ll also be able to see the picturesque canal cottages which date back as far as 1874, not to mention ‘Telford Lodge’ which provided accommodation whilst the aqueduct was first being built.
The town is also home to Chirk Marina which occupies an enviable spot between the two aqueducts. In 2009 UNESCO granted the eleven mile stretch of canal with World Heritage Status, putting it on a par with even Taj Mahal and the Statue of Liberty! It really has to be seen to be believed. But don’t just take our word for it. Come and see for yourself!
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|Chirk Castle||Valle Crucis Abbey||Llangollen Wharf||Motor Mueseum|