Situated between the Welsh Mountains and the fertile Dee Valley, Wrexham is home to ancient Roman ruins, beautiful countryside and numerous historical sites. The largest town in North Wales, Wrexham is known for its retail therapy, charming pubs and cosy cafes.
Things to do in Wrexham
Discover the opulent lifestyles of the 19th century at Erddig. Walk through the Rooms of Parade and admire lavish decorations, such as crimson wool-covered chairs, Chinese embroidered silk hangings and hallways lined with Soho tapestries. Relax in a walled garden complete with a national ivy collection, fruit trees and intricate water features.
Walk along the elevated archways of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a jewel in the crown of Wrexham. The 19th-century masterpiece stretches 18 kilometres and is a remarkable example of human engineering recognised by UNSECO. If you’d rather see the arches from below, give your feet a rest and take a relaxing canal ride along the Trevor Basin.
Take a step back in time at Chirk Castle. Located in the Welsh Marches, this 13th-century medieval fortress is still inhabited. Explore the two-level dungeon in Adam Tower, feel the weight of a real suit of armour and partake in a traditional pike drill to “defend” the castle.
Get some retail therapy at Wrexham’s Plassey Retail Village. Situated inside ivy-covered Edwardian buildings, the collection of 25 boutique shops includes a panoramic view of the Dee Valley. Try the region’s famous Welsh cakes at the Tea Garden or let the kids enjoy the rope swings and climbing walls at the Adventure Play Area.
Getting around Wrexham
You can fly into Liverpool John Lennon Airport or Manchester Airport, which are both around an hour’s drive from Wrexham. Trains arrive at Wrexham Central, with connections to Birmingham, London, Manchester and Cardiff. Buses and taxis service the city, while trains access Wrexham’s surroundings.