Chester & Snowdrops at Chirk Castle

Chester & Snowdrops at Chirk Castle

Admire drifts of spring snowdrops on this weekend break


Admire drifts of spring snowdrops on this weekend break

Chirk Castle

From the end of January, snowdrop season at Chirk Castle is our traditional way to dust off the old year and embrace the new. With a beautiful white carpet of snowdrops throughout the Pleasure Ground Wood, including some rare species, and also patches of snowdrops across the wider estate, there's plenty of space to wander and find the perfect viewpoint or photo.

The Pleasure Ground Wood is always a lovely place to view a stunning carpet of snowdrops, a sure sign that spring is on the way.


The fire will be lit in the Woodsman's Hut in Pleasure Ground Wood, near where the best snowdrop show appears, so there will be somewhere to get out of the cold, and on weekends we'll be selling warming cups of hot chocolate just outside so you can treat your eyes and your tastebuds.


Enjoy the early spring bulbs throughout the garden and visit the Adams Tower, shop and tea room. Please note that main castle rooms are open on weekends only for guided conservation tours.

Friday 2nd Mar

We leave Cumbria in the morning for the journey south to Chester, time at leisure for lunch, see the world famous Row Galleries, the most complete city walls in Britain, the Eastgate Clock and Chester cathedral. We check into our hotel, the Queen, late afternoon. A welcome glass of Bucks Fizz is served before dinner in the hotel.


Saturday 3rd Mar

We leave Chester after breakfast and head south past Wrexham to the Welsh border and the magnificent medieval fortress of Chirk Castle overlooking the Welsh Marches. With over 700 years of history, and as the last castle from this period still lived in today, Chirk Castle's many occupants have left behind lavish interiors and a beautiful and eclectic collection. The state rooms include a 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century saloon with rich tapestries, servants' hall, and the restored East Range, containing the library and 1920s style Bow Room showing off Chirk Castle’s connections to high society. Snowdrops are one of the many annual floral highlights of Chirk Castle’s award-wining garden. Bulbs can be found throughout the garden, scattered between clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens, the best displays are in the Pleasure Ground Wood, which is the woodland attached to the formal gardens. Dinner on our return to Chester.

B, D

Sunday 4th Mar

We leave the hotel after breakfast and head through the Mersey tunnel on our way to Liverpool, time at leisure to explore the historic Waterfront and have lunch before leaving mid afternoon for the journey home to Cumbria.


B=Breakfast Included, D=Dinner Included

Queen Hotel

Built in the 1850s, in homage to Queen Victoria, this award winning hotel was the country’s first grand railway hotel and was once considered as the world’s first ever sky scraper.

Situated opposite Chester Railway Station, this upscale hotel, mixing contemporary and classical styles is well-connected and perfectly placed in Chester's city centre.

Featuring creative decor with bold colours and plush fabrics, the high-end rooms all offer free WiFi and fully accessible areas with wet rooms are available.

Amenities include a modern restaurant offering the finest locally sourced ingredients and a bar with regular live music, as well as a beauty treatment room and a gym. There is also an Italian-style terraced garden with a life-size chess set.


Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Appleby The Sands Appleby
Aspatria Car Park beside Spar Aspatria
Brough Monument Bus Shelter Brough
Carlisle Entrance to Sands Centre Car Park Carlisle
Cockermouth Monument Main Street Cockermouth
Dearham Commercial Corner Dearham
Distington Outside Prospect Works Distington
Egremont Conservative Club Egremont
Flimby Railway Station Flimby
Harrington Galloping Horse bus stop Harrington
Keswick Bell Close Car Park Keswick
Kirkby Stephen Market Square Kirkby Stephen
Maryport Outside Coop Maryport
Penrith Sandgate Bus Station Penrith
Shap Village Hall Shap
Tebay Old Services Car Park Tebay
Thursby Bus Stop Thursby
Waverton Bus Stop Waverton
Whitehaven Old Bus Station Whitehaven
Wigton Old Bus Station Wigton
Workington Lay By opposite Grahams Travel Jane St. Workington
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