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.
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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If you fancy getting wet and wild, then there is no better destination in North Wales than the Waterworld Leisure and Activity Centre, which you will find just inside Wrexham. The facilities are impressive – for the more serious (and competitively inclined) swimmers in the family, the 6-lane, 25-metre competition pool will be the main draw.
Wrexham Golf Club was established in 1906, meaning that it has been entertaining both local golfers and visitors alike for more than a century now. However, the club is not the same now as it was then - originally, it was a mere nine hole affair, and in 1923 the whole club moved, from Stansty to where it now sits, on the north east ridge of Wrexham.
Located just outside Wrexham, Erddig is a 1,200 acre estate which was once a well-loved family home and garden. Nowadays the estate houses one of the National Trust’s most diverse collections and tells the stories of the family and their servants over the years. Designed by Thomas Webb of Middlewich in Cheshire, the house was built for Joshue Edisbury, the High Sherriff for Denbighshire between 1684 and 1687.
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