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Chirk Castle

Chirk Castle is a castle with 700+ years of history. We’ve wanted to visit it last weekend, but we were too busy then. Today we’ve visit it and taken the guided tour.

The front gate looks amazing, so imposing and nicely crafted. The gate is not in the original place.cc_01

The castle, as it can be seen from the park. The park was the last one we’ve seen and was darker. It was lovely and the rain stopped for most of the time we’ve been outside.
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Fields of snowdrops looked amazing and they were so many.
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We’ve seen a lot of pheasants, in the park and on the estate.
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The 250 years old tree felt due to snow, 60 cm, in march 2013.
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On the road from the car park to the castle. It was pretty steep.
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The guided tour was very interesting. We’ve learned so many aspects of things we’d have passed by without knowing the story behind them. It was built by King Edward I and it is the last surviving welsh castle from this reign. The building started in 1295 and it was finished in 1310. It had a very important strategic position in Wales.

We’ve found out that the castle belonged to King Henry VIII. He built a wing for his illegitimate son. The castle was purchased in 16th century for about £5,000 by Sir T. Myddelton from Queen Elisabeth I. Neither King Henry VIII or Queen Elisabeth I stayed in this castle.
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The postbox marks the old border between Wales and England.
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The Hall was refurbished in Victorian times and this is their vision of how a medieval castle should have have look.
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This rug was a lent from the Queen mother to one of her ladies-in-waiting.
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Here we are in one of the towers. Even on a cloudy day, the views from the tower are lovely.
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My idea of heaven. The books were 500 years old. Only a few titles where yet legible. It’s exactly what I knew they had in their libraries back then: history books, Botanic garden and the Agricultural magazine.
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The tea rooms are in one of the towers. I had cream tea… actually, not really cream tea, as I had coffee. But the other components where genuine: scone, jam, butter and cream. I usually love scones, especially with cream and jam and these were so yummy. Homemade scones are ten times better than shop bought ones.
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I would have loved to dress up as a princess, but there weren’t any outfits for us, ladies. Hubby was lucky and he had the opportunity to dresse up as a knight.

The chain-mail shirt was very heavy and made from real metal chain links.
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The mail coif was also made from real metal chain links.
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Hubby had some help to put on the Great helm.
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With a heavy metal sword and a heavier than expected shield he started posing.
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It was so much fun. People around us were so excited and waiting to have the chance to try the armor on, kids and adults alike.

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