Chirk is surrounded by lush, rolling countryside in the Welsh Marches. On the town's doorstep, the Ceiriog Valley and Berwyn Mountains provide a stunning setting for walking, horse-riding and wildlife-watching. Chirk lies in the county of Denbighshire, 10 miles south of Wrexham. The English county of Shropshire is directly south, on the other side of the River Ceiriog. Chirk is best known for its magnificent medieval castle, which stands on a hilltop overlooking the town. Set in 480 acres of glorious parkland, this 700-year-old fortress is a must-see on self-catering holidays in Chirk. Explore the extravagant interior, including the 17th century Long Gallery and saloon, before taking a wander through the award-winning grounds, with herbaceous borders and rose, shrub and rock gardens. Just outside the town, 710ft Chirk Aqueduct is a magnificent piece of architecture which carries the Shropshire Union Canal 70 feet above the river, across a series of spectacular arches. Chirk is a popular stop for walkers tackling the Offa's Dyke Path, a renowned route which follows the English-Welsh border for 177 miles, from Prestatyn to Chepstow.
Take a stroll into the town centre from your holiday cottage in Chirk and you will discover a welcoming community with a variety of family-run businesses. Pick up the finest local meat from Steve McArdle Family Butchers before popping into MG Hughes for your fruit and veg. Try the Castle Bistro for a light lunch, or the Stanton House Inn for a pint of local ale. Holiday cottages in Chirk are ideally located for exploring the unspoiled countryside on both sides of the border. The Ceiriog Valley is a tranquil expanse of woods, meadows, and waterfalls which has inspired many of Wales' most celebrated poets for centuries. Fishing for trout in the river is popular, and pony treks can be booked with John Pughe.