Tŷ Mawr Country Park lies on the banks of the River Dee in the Vale of Llangollen, part of the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Sitting underneath the Cefn Viaduct, Tŷ Mawr provides some of the best scenery around.
Tŷ Mawr first gained Green Flag Award accreditation in 2006 and has held it each year since.
There are lots of farm animals you can meet at Tŷ Mawr such as sheep, 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.
You can take a walk around the park by following the paths, or sit and relax by the river where you might spot salmon jumping.
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.
Car park charges apply every day for visitors to the park.
The daily charge is £1, however Blue Badge holders can park for free in any space with no time limit.
Pay and display machines are located in convenient places in the car park. Payment at the machine is by cash only.
Visitors can also choose to pay using JustPark (a cashless payment system).
Season tickets are available from Tŷ Mawr visitor centre, Alyn Waters visitor centre or online through our e-store.
Dogs are welcome at Tŷ Mawr but must be kept under control at all times and on a lead within the designated signposted areas.
Please remember that failure to pick up dog waste is a serious offence with fines in operation. Dog waste bags are on sale at the visitor centre.
Events for both adults and children are held throughout the year at Tŷ Mawr. You can find a list of upcoming events taking place at country parks on our events database.
- Car parking available (charges apply)
- Surfaced circular pathway with some slopes, accessible for all
- 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
The Tŷ Mawr trail (1 mile)
This walk is approximately 1 mile around. It is easy walking, with tarmac surfaced paths, but there are sloping sections. There are no stiles.
Start from outside the visitor centre, go past the barn, across the yard towards the large gate. Turn right following the ‘Tŷ Mawr Trail’ sign post. Follow the tarmac path around the park.
The viaduct - aqueduct walk (4 miles return)
This walk is approximately 4 miles long and takes about 2 hours walking at a leisurely pace. It is easy walking apart from two sections of steps. There are no stiles.
Leaving the visitor centre bear left around the front of the barn and head towards the sandstone Cefn Viaduct. The tarmac path takes you through the mini beast woods and past the dovecote. Follow the tarmac path beneath the towering viaduct arches.
Continue along beside the river, and then turn left down the steps at the ‘Pontcysyllte Aqueduct’ signpost. Follow the path alongside the river until the base of the aqueduct. Climb the steps to the top, enjoy the fantastic views, before retracing your steps back to the visitor centre.
The barn has rooms that 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.
Friends of Tŷ Mawr
If you would like to have your say in the future development of Tŷ Mawr, you could join the ‘Friends of Tŷ Mawr’ group.
The group was started in 2005 and has been successful in raising money to spend on the park. Money has gone towards many projects, such as: a guinea pig house, purchasing new Kune Kune Pigs and on improvements to the play area.
You could join the group to help with:
- running stalls
- making cakes
- practical conservation work
- helping with events
- fund raising
- helping with the animals
If you would like more information you can use the contact details on this page to get in touch with Tŷ Mawr.
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 you can contact Tŷ Mawr, or ask in person at the visitor centre.
Sponsor an animal at Tŷ Mawr Country Park
The sponsorship scheme was launched in 2006 and was set up to give the public a way of supporting the animals at Tŷ Mawr Country Park. As a sponsor you pay an annual fee for your chosen animal/s and in return you receive a sponsor's pack. This pack includes a personalised certificate showing the animal, the name of the sponsor and the date you became a sponsor.
You’ll be invited to a special sponsor's day, where you can meet your animal in person with supervision by one of our rangers. For example, if you are sponsoring a goat you can feed them on your visit or if you are sponsoring a rabbit you can give them a stroke and have your 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.
The types of animal you can sponsor are:
- Guinea Pig
The cost for sponsoring a llama, sheep, or goat for a year is £15, the cost for all other animals is £10.
Sign up/ pay
Visitor centre opening times
Easter to September: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily
October to Easter: weekends only
Address and directions
Tŷ Mawr Country Park
Cae Gwilym Lane
Tŷ Mawr is situated five miles south of Wrexham in the village of Cefn Mawr. The park is sign posted as 'Country Park' on brown and white signs. Follow these signs from the Llangollen/Ruabon exit off the A483.
From Wrexham: 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.
From Oswestry: 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 Transport for Wales.