Tŷ Mawr Country Park
Tŷ Mawr Country Park lies on the banks of the River Dee in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen, part of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area out Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Tŷ Mawr has all the fun of the farm in a magnificent setting beneath the arches of the Cefn Viaduct. There are lots of animals you can meet at Tŷ Mawr such as donkeys, pigs, and goats. You can even feed our free range chickens and ducks or admire Carlos and Pedro the Llamas, who guard our sheep from foxes!
At Tŷ Mawr we do not use chemicals and pesticides on the land. That is why we have many species of wild plants and animals and in the summer our traditional hay meadows are full of colour. Why not take a gentle stroll down to the river, sit and relax and see if you can spot a salmon jumping!
Picturesquely situated beneath the dramatic Cefn Viaduct on the banks of the River Dee, Tŷ Mawr provides some of the best scenery around.
Whether it is to admire the view, to see the farm animals or to take a walk, you could bring a picnic and have a great family day out at Tŷ Mawr Country Park.
Walks around Tŷ Mawr
Why not take a longer walk along the riverside to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - recently designated a world heritage site - along the Cefn Heritage Trail or link up with the Offas Dyke National Trail?
The walks at Tŷ Mawr and some other parks have been 'calorie mapped' so that you can see how many calories you will burn on the walks. This information is on the map as you enter the park or available to download.
New Barn Centre
The Barn at Tŷ Mawr has recently been refurbished and it now an excellent facility within the park. The rooms are regularly used for environmental education with visiting school groups, and for park events. They can also be hired for children's birthday parties, used for meetings, conferences, training courses and other community events. For further details contact Tŷ Mawr on 01978 822780, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Group
Would you like to have your say in the future development of Tŷ Mawr, if so why not join 'The Friends of Tŷ Mawr Country Park'.
The 'Friends of Tŷ Mawr' was started in 2005 and has been successful in raising money to spend on the park for projects such as the new Guinea Pig House, to purchase our new Kune Kune Pigs, improve the play area and many more projects.
If you would like to help with:
- Running stalls
- Making cakes
- Practical conservation work
- Helping with events
- Fund raising
- Helping with the animals
Please get in touch with Tŷ Mawr for more information.
Tŷ Mawr Country Park has volunteers working throughout the year. They contribute a great deal of time and effort to the park and are very much appreciated. The groups work on many different tasks which have included;
- Path work
- Vegetation clearance
- Animal work
- Practical conservation
There are volunteer afternoons held every Wednesday For more information and/or to become a volunteer please call in to the visitor centre or phone on 01978 822780 or email email@example.com.
What is Junior Rangers? and Why join?
If you are aged 8 – 16 years old and like working with animals, being outdoors, trying your hand at various arts and crafts, going on walks and visiting other country parks in the Wrexham area, plus much, much more, then Junior Rangers is the group for you. Once you have been accepted as a junior Ranger you will work towards a series of 4 awards starting with 'Hazel' and working up to the 'Sequoia' award.
Furthermore, every hour you spend at Junior Rangers will be credited towards the Wrexham 'Children's University' (CU) this is a Wrexham wide project that credits children for the time they spend on activities outside normal teaching hours. Children can work towards a bronze, silver or gold award and will receive a CU certificate and will be invited to an awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements.
How can I join Junior Rangers?
Well it's easy! All you need to do is get your parent or guardian to fill in an application form which is available from Tŷ Mawr.
Junior Rangers meet once a week:
Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00am
Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00am
Weekdays: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 11:00am
Sunday: 9:00am – 11:00am
Junior Rangers is very popular and there is usually a waiting list for places, but the sooner you get your form in the sooner you will be on the list. When a space becomes available we will let you know.
Due to the nature of the work involved we must ask that all children applying for Junior Rangers must have an up to-date tetanus vaccine.
Sponsor an Animal at Tŷ Mawr Country Park
The sponsorship scheme was launched in 2006 and has been set up to give the public a way of supporting the animals at Tŷ Mawr Country Park. The sponsors pay an annual fee for their chosen animal/s and in return they receive a sponsor's pack which includes a personalised certificate showing the animal, the name of the sponsor and the date of entry into the scheme. Also within the pack is information about the park and how we run it as an organic farm and information about the animals.
The sponsors are invited to a special sponsor's day, where they can meet their animal in person with supervision by one of our rangers, and depending on which animal has been sponsored, they can groom the donkeys, feed the goats or just come and stroke a rabbit and have a photo taken. The Park is open every day of the year and the animals can be seen during the day, in the special animal houses or in the fields.
If you would like to sponsor one or more of our animals for 12 months or you would like more information about the Sponsor an Animal Scheme call us on 01978 822 780.
Green Flag Award
The Green Flag Scheme started in 1996. To be eligible for green flag status sites must be freely accessible to the public and have a site management plan.
Judging is done against the following 8 criteria:
- A welcoming place
- Healthy, safe and secure
- Clean and well maintained
- Conservation and heritage
- Community involvement
- And management
Winning sites are given a flag and certificate to display and are featured on the Green Flag website. The award is valid for one year.
Tŷ Mawr first gained the award in 2006 and has held it each year since.
The park is easy to locate situated five miles south of Wrexham in the village of Cefn Mawr.
The 2C bus by Arriva runs from Wrexham Bus Station every half an hour Monday to Saturday except Bank holidays and passes Ruabon Train Station before arriving at Cefn Mawr Village.
The 2 and 2A bus by Arriva runs every half an hour Monday to Saturday except Bank holidays from Oswestry bus station through Chirk before arriving at Newbridge Village (0.3 miles from Cefn Mawr).
The nearest train stations are Ruabon 2 miles away and Chirk 4 miles away. Both trains are run by Arriva Trains Wales.
Tŷ Mawr is sign posted as 'Country Park' on brown on white signs. Follow these signs to the park from the Llangollen/Ruabon exit off the A483.
The park is open all year.
Visitor Centre is open:
Easter to September: Daily 10:30am - 4:30pm
October to Easter: Weekends only
- Car Parking
- Surfaced circular pathway with some slopes is accessible for all
- New barn centre available for private hire.
- School parties and children’s birthday parties by arrangement
- Toilets (including disabled and baby changing facilities)
- Guided walks/tours by appointment
- Suitable for coach parties
- Refreshments are available in the Visitor Centre (Drinks, snacks, ice creams). Sandwiches and hot meals are available in Cefn Mawr Village or at the Trevor Basin.
- BMX track / Trim Trail / Play Area
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