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Chirk Castle is a commanding structure, an imposing fortress put to great use in the Welsh Marches and has been continuously inhabited since the 1300s. The National Trust property is well worth a visit, with sumptuous décor and Adam-style furniture contrasting strongly with the dingy dungeons below.

But the castle hides another secret, though this one not nearly as chilling as civil war dungeons! The Chirk Castle Farm Shop is a fantastic little venture, selling all sorts of locally grown produce and locally raised meats.

The Welsh beef and lamb are particular favourites; coming from just down the road, you are unlikely to get meat much fresher than this. You should also be sure to check out the fruit stand – the apples are, to put it mildly, enormous.

The mushrooms are another delight, grown as locally as possible: in the garden to the rear of the shop. Perhaps it’s just the historic setting affecting us, but there does seem to be something special about the produce available here. If you are looking for a true taste of North Wales, then the Chirk Castle Farm Shop is undoubtedly the place to go.


Image Source: CC-by-SA 2.0 by Trevor Rickard.


Found on the edge of Chirk Castle, this farm shop is right on the border between England and Wales. Chirk Castle is well signposted, so follow the signs as you head down the B4500.

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