I never realised that Chirk Castle was only just over 2 hours drive from our home. It is one of the National Trust properties I have wanted to go to for years:
It's a magnificent example of the castles ordered by Edward I to defend against the Welsh.
Inside its a mix of original 14th century castle, 18th century splendour and Victorian mock medieval. Lucky for me the stocks are still in place:
A fun way to spend an afternoon.