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Chirk Castle

According to the National Trust Chirk was the last castle to be built in the reign of Edward 1 and dates from the early 14th century. As castles go its more of a big house and you wouldn't think it would have withstood a sustained attack for very long.
Having said all that its a great place to spend a day wandering through the castle and the grounds. The nearby Berwen mountains give the place a beautiful backdrop.

Canal aqueduct

One of the most impressive civil engineering feats can be seen in Chirk. Over 200 years ago Thomas Telford built the Pontcysyllte aqueduct to take the Llangollen canal over the Ceiriog valley.
Today it's still very much in use and you can walk the towpath that runs alongside.
There is a viaduct that is even higher that sits alongside the aqueduct taking trains along the Wrexham and Shrewsbury line.

  • Last visit to Chirk: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated Apr 25, 2009
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  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    May 13, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    We enjoyed Chirk Castle, nice to see the aqueducts as well.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Hello, Andrew, the castle and the aqueduct are very impressive... Such historical places...not to be missed....

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 11:37 PM

    Any idea of the origin of the name Chirk? It sounds sort of odd to me, as if half church, half kirk.

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    lovely stuff

  • Carmela71's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    I always say that I wnat to get two weeks to visit Wales by car... but at the end as we go to see the family, I only get to know the south ... (I Love castles, even on ruins!)


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