Things to see and do in North East Wales

There's so much to see in North East Wales you might be stuck for where to start. But from motor museums and ancient jails to lighthouses and farms, we've found plenty of fun along the way.

  • Talacre

    Talacre beach and lighthouse, Holywell, North East Wales

    Numerous tales of ghost stories surround it, and the iconic white and red lighthouse at Talacre is an unbeatable place to daydream on a bright day. Stroll across the soft beach, go for a stomp in the surrounding hills and gaze out to the Irish Sea. Uplifting and invigorating.

  • The Stiwt Theatre at night lit up by floodlights

    The Stiwt Theatre, Wrexham, North East Wales

     by Mat Price

    Opened in 1926, the Stiwt was originally financed with a subscription of two pence a week from the hardworking local mining community. After dodging demolition in 1985, it reopened as a state-of-the-art performing arts centre in 1999, and these days it’s a grand historic setting to enjoy modern theatre.

    More entertainment attractions in North East Wales.

  • Ruthin Gaol

    Ruthin Gaol, Denbighshire, North East Wales

    Follow in the footsteps of the dozens of prisoners holed up at Ruthin during the 19th century, once used as the prison for the counties of Denbighshire, Flintshire and Merionethshire. Opened as a heritage site in 2002, it’s the place to learn gruesome stories and admire imposing architecture.

    More museums and galleries in North East Wales.

  • Land Rover 4x4 Experience, Wrexham, North Wales Borderlands

    Land Rover 4x4 Experience, Wrexham, North East Wales

     by Motor Safari

    The imaginative team at this outdoor activity centre have welcomed intrepid adventurers from across the world – not to mention Top Gear – during decades of muddy fun. Head off around the Seren parklands in a 4x4 or even try your hand at quad biking – a range of options aim to thrill.

    More motorsports activities in North East Wales.

  • StWinefridesWell

    St Winefride's Well, Holywell, North East Wales

     by 8mm & Other Stuff

    Head to this Well and you’ll be following in the footsteps of pilgrimages dating back to Richard the Lionheart in 1189. A place of folklore across 13 centuries, these days it’s been modernised to include a library and museum among extraordinary gothic architecture dedicated to the 7th century Saint. 

    More history and heritage attractions in North East Wales.

  • Minerva Lead Mines, Wrexham

    Minera Lead Mines, Wrexham, North East Wales

     by Wrexham Council

    From the first records of mining in the mid-13th century to the Tudors and beyond, Minera has an amazing industrial past. Take the dramatic mines as a starting point, then see 300 years of artefacts in the museum, admire the engine and boiler houses and enjoy the 53-acre park.

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
    Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham, North East Wales

    A piece of architectural wonder built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, carrying the Llangollen Canal 125 feet (38 metres) above the River Dee. Not only is it a Grade 1 listed building and a World Heritage Site, it also has lots of odd quirks, such as the use of ox blood in the making of its mortar

  • Wales is a country for foodies, and this vibrant fortnightly mini-festival lets you meet some of the passionate producers who make it that way. From handmade bread and petit fours to north Wales buffalo and local relishes, this award-winning market is a sweet and savoury delight.

  • Display of vintage cars at Llangollen Motor Museum

    Llangollen Motor Museum, Denbighshire, North East Wales

     by James Elliott

    This is one of the best-loved museums in Britain thanks to the passion of its curators and the character of its exhibits.  Whether you’re impressed by swish design or old spare parts, these pedal cars, carriages, canal vehicles and classic motorbikes offer an inspirational jaunt down memory lane.

  • Herd of buffalo grazing on Rhug Estate Farm

    Rhug Estate Farm, Denbighshire, North East Wales

     by Mike Everett

    Even by local standards, the Rhug Estate has a pretty amazing range of culinary delectations: there are more than 2,000 delights for your tastebuds courtesy of these multiple award-winners. Relax in the large restaurant and patio area, or head for the grab and go burger bar if you’re on the hop.