The Tourist’s Guide to Wrexham

Wrexham is the largest town in north Wales and a popular tourist destination. Whether you like to indulge in a little retail therapy, soak up some culture or thrive on the great outdoors, Wrexham has something on offer for everyone.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site - Wrexham, Wales
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Wrexham Town
Wrexham is a popular shopping town and has embraced the café culture that allows shoppers to relax and enjoy a day out in a modern and cosmopolitan environment. Eagles Meadow shopping centre is the hub of the town centre with over thirty stores, a cinema, ten pin bowling complex and well-known restaurants.

The town is also home to Wrexham County Borough Museum, featuring diverse exhibitions year-round. A short distance away, you can visit the historic St. Giles Church, which is famous for its Great Tower and wall paintings.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was completed in 1805 and carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee. The aqueduct is the highest and longest in the world and is considered to be the greatest civil engineering achievement of Thomas Telford’s life. Pontcysyllte was the second aqueduct in Wales to be designed by Thomas Telford, with Chirk Aqueduct being completed in 1801.

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the area, visitors can access the aqueduct from Trefor or Froncysyllte and choose to walk across it, hire a canal boat or join an organised canal boat trip. However you choose to experience this magnificent structure, you will be rewarded with panoramic views at a height of 37 metres and an experience like no other to capture and carry home with you.

Chirk Castle
This 700-year-old castle dates back to the reign of Edward I and is the only castle in Wales from that era that is still lived in today. The castle features an archetypal medieval tower, servants’ quarters and a dungeon.

Set amidst award-winning gardens, visitors can stroll through bluebell woods, relax in the rock gardens and take in magnificent views of the Cheshire and Salop plains. There are regular events that include tours of the orchard and kitchen garden and suiting-up in armour and joining the guards for duty.

Llangollen
Known as the Festival Capital of Wales, Llangollen is home to the annual Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. This festival attracts an array of international singers, dancers and musicians and sees the town’s population explode from 3,000 to 120,000 every July.

This small town also hosts The Gardening Show and The Food Festival, but it’s also an area of unspoilt natural beauty. Visitors can explore the ruins of Castell Dinas Bran, a 13th century castle that’s reached by enduring a 750-foot climb but with the reward of breathtaking views across the Dee Valley. Those who prefer less exertion can opt for a steam train journey to the Horseshoe Falls or visit the Canal Museum by way of horse-drawn canal boat.

Alyn Waters
Situated in the stunning Alyn Valley, Alyn Waters is the largest country park in the area and features a range of woodland and riverside walks. The park features a café and visitor centre with an informative exhibition detailing the wildlife that can be found in the park. There’s also an off-road cycle route, which leads to an adventure playground and is suitable for families.

This guest article was written by Francesca, a travel blogger from the United Kingdom who enjoys sharing her tips on the best places to visit on holiday.

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