Located on the outskirts of Wrexham, Pentrebychan Crematorium holds around 1,700 services a year.
The grounds extend for 40 acres and are open to visitors 365 days a year.
Four gardens of remembrance offer a peaceful area for families who choose to scatter the cremated remains of their loved ones at the crematorium.
There are also several memorialisation options provided for those who wish to have a focal point to commemorate their loved ones.
Every year we hold a Memorial Service to commemorate friends and family who have been cremated at Pentrebychan. This service is usually held in July.
The crematorium grounds opening hours differ depending on the time of year.
1 April to 31 October
- Weekdays (not including bank holidays): 9am - 6pm
- Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 10am - 6pm
1 November to 31 March
- Weekdays (not including bank holidays): 9am - 4pm
- Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 10am - 4pm
Office opening times
- Monday to Thursday: 9am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm
- Friday: 9am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4pm
The office is closed on bank holidays.
Address and directions
From the A483, take the junction signposted for Johnstown, Rhosllanerchrugog and Rhostyllen.
At the roundabout take the turning for Johnstown. Take the second turning on the right onto Smithy Lane, also signposted for the crematorium. From Smithy Lane, take the first turning on the right onto Pentre Bychan Road. The crematorium will be on the left.
Take either bus service number 4 or 4B from Wrexham Bus Station. Both routes run directly past the crematorium (check bus timetables for the schedule).
For those who wish to have the remains of their loved ones scattered within the crematorium grounds, a choice of four gardens is available:
- Walled Garden – a formal garden within the walls of the 17th century hall.
- Wisteria Walk – landscaped in a modern design with shale rockery beds set in lawn turf areas.
- Lily Pool – situated in the woodlands and surrounded by stately, mature trees and lawns on which the remains are scattered. Waterfowl and other wildlife by the Lily Pool can be seen in the adjacent woodland.
- Daffodil Meadow – informal in character with daffodils, bluebells, snowdrops and other wild flowers growing in abundance.
All remains are scattered on 'plots' which are numbered and can be easily identified.
Please note that dogs are not allowed in the chapel or gardens of remembrance (with the exception of assistance dogs).
The spacious chapel has full length windows on one side, giving a feeling of light and space.
There is seating capacity for 120 mourners, plus extra standing room.
The chapel is normally available for 30 minute periods, during which the form of funeral service is a matter of personal choice. Religious symbols are available when required and extended service times are available on request (an extra fee applies for this).
Find out about services we can provide within the chapel on the crematorium fees and charges page.
A loop system is available within the chapel.
After the service floral tributes are displayed in the court yard at the chapel exit, and these may be taken away by the family if they so wish.
Nature on site
Animal species located in the grounds include heron, badgers, buzzards, snakes, ducks and owls.
The grounds also consist of one ungrazed paddock which is kept as a wild meadow and an arboretum (an area devoted to trees).
Book of Remembrance
The crematorium’s Books of Remembrance are housed in a room at the front of the main chapel building. This room is open every day of the year, including Christmas Day.
People are free to choose their own wording and can view their entry whenever they wish. They may also have a miniature copy of the book and their inscription.
Find out about the options for Books of Remembrance entries on the crematorium fees and charges page.
The crematorium opened in 1966, on the site where Pentrebychan Hall was previously located.
The first hall at Pentrebychan is believed to have been built at the beginning of the 17th century by Hugh Meredith of Wrexham. The family traced their ancestry to Bleddyn ap Cynfyn, Prince of Powys. The hall and estate were described as being among the most extensive in the area.
Many of the Welsh place names used on the estate in the days of the early Merediths remain today.
Service standards and performance
The Charter for the Bereaved
At Wrexham Cemeteries and Crematorium Service we have adopted and are a signatory member of the Charter for the Bereaved.
The Charter for the Bereaved, created by the Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management (ICCM) sets out to define the minimum standards of burial and cremation services that can be expected from its member authorities.
As a member we seek to provide and maintain a level of service which meets the 33 Charter ‘Rights’.
Each year member authorities are assessed against the Charter ‘Rights’ by the ICCM.