Fascinating local facts

Visiting Wrexham for the first time, you’d likely be most enchanted by our 16th century gothic Parish Church of St Giles, the largest medieval church in Wales, whose bell tower dominates the skyline. Open year round for visitors to admire, you can even climb up to the church roof for a bird’s-eye view (must be booked in advance). 

Within the church grounds, to the south of the tower, you can view the grave of Elihu Yale, local philanthropist. Yale was the greatest benefactor of the American University which bears his name. In fact, the prestigious Yale University has a replica building on its campus, which makes a brief appearance in the film Indiana Jones: Raiders of The Lost Ark. 

Inside St Giles Church in Wrexham
Exterior view of St Giles Church in Wrexham

St. Giles Church, Wrexham

Wrexham does enjoy a fascinating history! Did you know that our football team, Wrexham AFC, is the third oldest club in the world? Or that the very first ‘Miss World’ came from here? How about that our famous Ruabon Red Brick Tiles were used in the restoration of the Taj Mahal? Or that Wrexham Lager – brewed since 1881- was reputedly served onboard the Titanic? (But you can enjoy a pint without worrying about icebergs in pubs around town.)

Our eccentric history is important to us and we keep most of it safe at the Wrexham County Borough Museum (free entry - closed Sundays and Bank Holidays). 

Enjoy the great outdoors

Within a walkable distance from the town centre you can find yourself in 1,200 acres of National Trust land. Here you can wander the grand chambers, or the 18th century walled gardens of the nation’s favourite historic house, Erddig. You’ll discover an immaculately maintained stately home and grounds, with seasonal traditional markets, an amiable Cider Festival, and a Woodland Classroom with nature lessons for all ages.  

Hidden away in Erddig’s surrounding forest is the site of a Norman Castle. No structure remains, but the landscape gives a pleasing visual account of 12th century border conflicts. The water in the surrounding Motte (Clywedog) overflows from a reservoir hidden high up in the breathtaking Llandegla pine forest nearby. The forest is especially popular as a place for cyclists to get their off-road kicks (bike hire available at One Planet Adventure).

 

Come and bask in Wrexham’s creative spirit."

Another fantastic walk for wildlife and history lovers alike, is at the Nant Mill Country Park.  The visitor centre nestles in beautiful ancient woodland and is located on the Clywedog Valley Trail. You can walk the whole of the 6.5 mile trail from here - or just take a short walk from the car park to find a beautiful waterfall. 

Overnight options for everyone

Back in what has become the old part of town, thanks to our surrounding big brand shopping centres (Eagles Meadow, Island Green), tourism is now worth £115.9 million to our local economy.  The number of hotels here has tripled in the last few years and you’ll find the usual chains like Premier Inn, Ramada and Travelodge.

If you fancy something a little bit different, come and bask in Wrexham’s creative spirit. Stay and shop in our Independent Quarter, explore all that we have to offer and more.To crash out in character, try the Grade II listed neo-gothic Lemon Tree Restaurant with Rooms on Rhosddu Road.

 

Cafe's in Wrexham, Town Centre
Wrexham, Town Centre at night

Cafe's inside the arcade and shops in Wrexham town centre

Get creative

Focus Wales is an international new music festival, boasting 200 bands across 20 stages in three days. If you're interested in markets, arts and community, Tŷ Pawb (Everybody’s House), provides indie cinema, exhibitions and performance spaces, with a food hall and artisan crafts.

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Eat and drink

Join us for our monthly Street Carnivals (last Saturday of each month except December) that breathe life and colour into our streets. Our cafés are home to award winning baristas who do battle for best coffee accolades. The latest success story is the King Street Coffee Company, established by the Gallanders brothers. Their two ‘Street Coffee’ venues add industrial cool and craft beer to the old school café scene.

Food is having a real renaissance in town - independent restaurant, The Fat Boar popped up recently. They serve the finest local Welsh produce across three floors of stylish comfort and a generous terrace. And, LOT 11 Café/Hideout, is a hip new brunch bar for the Instagram generation with pavement-side seating during the warmer months.

Our nightlife is diverse enough to deliver a wide range of nocturnal activities! You can warm up by the fire with a local ale at The Royal Oak, or party with dance-floor bangers at newly renovated club ATIK. Maybe a perfectly shaken Espresso Martini at Voodoo Moon is more you, or if live music and culture is your thing, try a visit to UnDegUn, our Community Art Space.

Further information

You can find out more about upcoming activities, local history and much more at the Wrexham Tourist Information Centre.

For insider guides and to discover the best this incredible area has to offer, explore the This is Wrexham website.

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