Erddig is and always has been a family home. This country house is also a demonstration of how the staff were considered part of that family – even having their portraits on the walls. Such was the generosity of the Yorke family who lived here for hundreds of years. On your visit to Erddig today, you start in the outbuildings and quickly see how all the trades of the workers came together to keep this house functioning effectively. It even had a carpentry workshop. You then enter the house through the servant areas and the kitchens, before exploring the floors where the Yorke family lived and collected all kinds of items. They were incredible hoarders and basically threw nothing away!

Although Erddig was the home of the Yorke family for 240 years, it was actually built by a former High Sheriff of Denbighshire, Joshua Edisbury. Construction started in 1684, but by 1709 he was bankrupt and the house was sold to a wealthy London lawyer. He extended it and furnished it, but eventually left the house to his nephew, Simon Yorke. The house would then stay with the Yorke’s for its remaining existence as a home…..and what a home it is! It’s a shame that more of Erddig house isn’t available to explore, but the rooms that are open are fascinating – particularly the nursery. There is also a crossroads in the middle of the central corridor through the house, allowing views to both front and rear (pictured below).

Outside, the huge formal gardens of Erddig have been fully restored and boast a lake, an abundance of apple trees and numerous secluded lawns. There’s also an active kitchen garden to see with glasshouses. Even the walkway from the car park has beautiful planting (pictured below). Also in the gardens, there’s a large adventure playground for the children in your family beyond the top garden wall. We’d recommend avoiding the composting toilets there though! One tip – because of the route through the house, it’s actually easy to miss the front elevation and yet it really shouldn’t be missed. Make sure you walk around to the front to see it before you leave.

Erddig Hall is operated by the National Trust and is open all year round. Typically the house is open from 11.30am until 3pm and the gardens from 10am to 4pm. Adult admission is £16 (2024 prices) but is free for National Trust members.


Address: Erddig Hall, Wrexham, LL13 0YT
Phone: 01978 355314

Erddig is just outside Wrexham and around a 30 minute drive from Chester. Due to its proximity, we’d recommend visiting nearby Chirk Castle at the same time as your trip to Erddig.


Erddig – National Trust
Erddig – Wikipedia
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