The modern, vibrant town of Wrexham is nestled in the lower Dee Valley between the lush Cheshire plains and the Welsh hills and is surrounded by stunning panoramas, glorious countryside and picturesque settlements.
The area has a wealth of attractions and places to visit. Some of the most popular are Wrexham Parish Church and the two National Trust properties, Erddig Hall and Chirk Castle.
Wrexham Parish Church, which is dedicated to St Giles, dates back to the 13th century. Its impressive steeple is renowned as one of the seven wonders of Wales. Buried in the churchyard is Elihu Yale, whose bequest to a struggling American College led to the foundation of Yale University, USA. To mark the links between the Church and Yale, a replica of the famous steeple has been built on the University campus.
Chirk Castle is a magnificent example of a Marcher Fortress. Completed in 1310, the historic castle, once owned by Roger Mortimer, is now a stately home of grand style with elegant state rooms, superb Adam style furniture, tapestries and portraits. The castle has 6 acres of gardens set in 500 acres of 18th century parkland.
Erddig Hall is one of the best examples of ‘life below stairs’ in Britain. This late 17th century house, set in a 1900 acre estate, offers a fascinating insight into the daily life of provincial gentry over the past 200 years. A range of outbuildings includes a kitchen, laundry, bake house, stables, sawmill, smithy and joiners shop, while state rooms display most of the original 18th and 19th century furniture. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design and the surrounding Country Park provides the setting for delightful walks.
Other places of interest include the famous Llangollen Canal, perhaps the prettiest stretch of canal anywhere, which is enhanced by major features such as Thomas Telford’s awesome Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (a World Heritage site) and Chirk Viaduct and tunnel.
The picture-postcard village of Bangor-on-Dee boasts a fine 17th century bridge designed by Inigo Jones.
One of Britains earliest monasteries was founded in Bangor in the 5th century and at one time had over 2,400 monks in residence. The village is also home to an excellent National Hunt Racecourse. This friendly racecourse is one of only two in Wales and is delightfully situated with stunning views encompassing the Welsh hills and the River Dee flood plain.
The Clywedog Trail is an 8 mile walk, which passes through a string of interesting places such as Bersham Heritage Centre, Nant Mill Visitor Centre and Minera Lead Mines.
The County Borough has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from camping and caravanning to luxury country house hotels, friendly farmhouses and self-catering properties set in wonderful locations.
Wrexham is an ideal centre from which to explore and absorb the best that North Wales has to offer - from the coastal holiday resorts to the lush greens of the Vale of Clwyd, the rugged peaks of Snowdonia and the delights of the Ceiriog Valley.