Cup of cheer as castle roof repairs get the go-ahead


Lucy Wain

Chirk Castle has had a good year with visitors and have raised enough funds to go towards conservation projects around the estate.

Chirk Castle has said that in 2016, visitors bought 15,405 scones, 16,613 pots of tea and 18,208 coffees in their cafe and now that revenue raised by these sales will go towards essential work on the castle such as on the south wing roof and other smaller projects.

John Hignett, the visitor experience manager at Chirk Castle, was very pleased with the money raised.

“It’s great to see how many people visit Chirk Castle, and when you put it into figures like the number of people who had a bite to eat or drink, it’s great.”

John added the south wing roof is a big job, as it leaks and needs fixing to ensure that visitors have the best experience of the castle when they visit.

“All conservation work that we do relies on funding from visitors, so now we have enough available we hope to start work later on this year, if not early next year,” continued John.

“If we make the castle function even better then it will always draw in more visitors, and so we receive more funds to make the experience even better.”

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