The best things to do in Wrexham, North East Wales

In between stuffing my face while judging for the North East Wales Year of the Sea Food Challenge recently, I also found time to explore some of the most popular things to do in Wrexham. The largest town in North Wales, Wrexham is nestled between the Welsh mountains and the lower Dee Valley, next to the English border. The lush landscapes make this a lovely part of Wales to visit, while the rich Welsh culture and heritage inherent in the region mean you’ll never be short of places to explore during your stay. 

During my time in Wrexham, I stayed at the lovely Ramada Plaza Hotel. Situated just off the A483 (the main dual carriageway past Wrexham), this hotel was really easy to find once I arrived in Wrexham, and it was conveniently located around a 15-minute drive away from most of the attractions and restaurants I wanted to visit. My room was contemporary, spacious and spotlessly clean, with a soft-as-a-cloud kingsize bed and luxurious ocean-inspired toiletries.

Ramada Plaza Hotel, Wrexham

Top things to do in Wrexham

Here are my favourite things to see and do while in Wrexham:

Explore Wrexham’s historic town centre

Belly pork, langoustine, saffron mash, chard and American sauce - Gales Wine Bar, Llangollen, North East Wales

Gales of Llangollen won the 2018 North East Wales Year of the Sea Food Challenge with this dish of belly pork, langoustine, saffron mash, chard and American sauce.

Spend a few hours strolling around Wrexham town centre and you might spot something that takes your fancy in one of the high street shops, or perhaps discover a few local landmarks. Wrexham town centre is home to several sites of cultural importance, including the General Market, the Butcher’s Market, the Horse and Jockey pub, and the Wrexham Lager Brewery.

If you get tired, stop off at one of Wrexham’s best restaurants to refuel with a bite to eat. If you’re keeping it local, The Fat Boar serves comfort food at its finest, but if you fancy a short drive, head to The Royal Oak in nearby Bangor on Dee, or Gales of Llangollen – said to be the oldest wine bar in Wales.

 

Belly pork, langoustine, saffron mash, chard and American sauce - Gales Wine Bar, Llangollen, North East Wales

Gales of Llangollen won the 2018 North East Wales Year of the Sea Food Challenge with this dish of belly pork, langoustine, saffron mash, chard and American sauce.

Admire St. Giles Parish Church

We came across St. Giles Parish Church when we were exploring Wrexham town centre, and even though we’re not religious, it was so beautiful that we just couldn’t resist going inside for a look around.


Built between the end of the 15th century and early 16th century, this is the oldest medieval parish church in Wales. It’s 135-ft high steeple tower is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales and during the summer months, you can even climb it (although I’m not sure I’d want to!)

Stained glass windows at St. Giles Parish Church, Wrexham

Cross Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct has to be my favourite of all the things to do in Wrexham. This UNESCO World Heritage Site designed by Thomas Telford features a 39-metre high aqueduct complete with a public footpath, making it the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world.

A photo of me at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, while exploring some of the best things to do in Wrexham.

You can cross Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on a canal boat in a 45-minute return journey, but if you’re feeling particularly brave, you can walk across. I’ve even seen photos of people paddle-boarding across it! Just don’t look down – it’s quite the drop! The public footpath is currently closed for improvements and the boats only run from March until October, so I didn’t manage to cross the aqueduct myself, but I was able to walk around 50 yards down the path to get some photos of the picturesque views and snap a few sneaky selfies!

Taking a selfie at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
Looking at these pictures, you can see why Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is often referred to as the ‘stream in the sky’!

Explore Chirk Castle

After visiting Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, we drove on for another ten minutes or so until we reached nearby Chirk Castle. A grade I-listed building owned by the National Trust, Chirk Castle was built by Roger Mortimer de Chirk in the 13th century under the instruction of Edward I; one of several medieval Marcher fortresses built on the Welsh-English border to keep the Welsh under English rule.

The courtyard at Chirk Castle

By the time we arrived at Chirk Castle, it was around 4pm on a Sunday afternoon, so we were too late to look inside the building or explore the 5.5 acres of beautiful gardens, but we wandered around the estate and took some photos of the castle exterior.

Chirk Castle, one of the best things to do and see in Wrexham

Visit Erddig Hall

Another National Trust property, Erddig Hall was built sometime between 1684 and 1687 for Josiah Edisbury, the High Sheriff of Denbighshire. This stately family home features an 18th century walled garden complete with breath-taking water features, idylillic landscaped gardens, stables housing horses and donkeys, and plenty of family-friendly activities, spaces and eating areas.

We didn’t have time to fit a visit to Erddig Hall in during our stay, but it’s firmly on my radar for my next visit to Wrexham.

What would you enjoy about these things to do in Wrexham? Have you ever visited this part of Wales before?

The best things to do in Wrexham, north east Wales, from crossing the 39m-high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, to visiting the oldest medieval church in Wales.

I was invited to Wrexham to judge some of the dishes entered into the 2018 North East Wales Year of the Sea Food challenge, but I wasn't obliged to visit any local attractions during my stay. This post contains affiliate links and if you place a booking through one of these links, I will receive a modest commission fee.

22 Comments

  1. March 20, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    What a beautiful place to visit. It’s so steeped in history and so many buildings to visit. The castle would be top of my list.

    • March 20, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      It is a lovely part of Wales. Next time, hopefully I will have time to explore Chirk Castle properly :0

  2. March 21, 2018 / 10:23 pm

    I’ve never been to Wrexham. I love that there seems to be loads to see and do. I love visiting places with loads to get up to.

    • March 22, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      We certainly weren’t bored on our visit 🙂

  3. March 21, 2018 / 11:17 pm

    That church is absolutely stunning, and the food looks great and is definitely one of the most important things I look for when I’m exploring a new place x

    • March 22, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      It was gorgeous! It was just as beautiful inside. I loved getting to try the local food!

  4. March 21, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    Wales is a mystery to me. I’ve never been and I believe I would really love it. The history and architecture would certainly appeal to me. Your blog has certainly been a source of inspiration and information on Wales!

    • March 22, 2018 / 2:59 pm

      Thank you, glad you enjoy reading my blog! I am sure you would enjoy visiting Wales.

  5. March 22, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    Wow that church is stunning! I’ve never thought of visiting Wrexham before x

    • March 22, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      It’s somewhere I would’ve thought of going but as I was there, I thought I may as well explore the local area and I’m so glad I did as there was a lot to see and do!

  6. March 22, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Sounds like an awesome place to experience good food in Wales. I also love that there are so many sights to see when you’re there! It makes the journey worth it!

    • March 26, 2018 / 11:08 am

      Yes, the food was superb and I loved that there were lots of lovely places to visit during my stay too 🙂

  7. March 22, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    How stunning is the St Giles Parish and Erddig Hall. I’d definitely have to stop by Gales of Llangollen, that dish looks and sounds incredible

    • March 26, 2018 / 11:08 am

      I loved St. Giles Church too – and I’m not particularly one for churches – it was just stunning!

  8. March 22, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    It really does look wonderful in Wrexham, and I am particularly taken with the aqueduct. I am not keen on heights, but fascinated with bridges all the same. Not sure if being on a boat or walking it would be easier. I think this must be the bridge featured on a canal programme I watched a while back, the one with celebs. Asides the aqueduct, it all looks stunning scenery and wonderful places to visit.

    • March 26, 2018 / 11:07 am

      I loved the aqueduct too! I am not great with heights and my stomach was doing somersaults at first. We couldn’t walk all the way down it as it was closed off for maintenance work. I have actually seen photos of people paddle boarding down it – that would be enough to give me a heart attack!

  9. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    March 23, 2018 / 2:41 am

    Oh, that is such a great place to visit with family. The architecture of that building is really awesome. I wish I can travel more and more in different places.

    • March 26, 2018 / 11:06 am

      It would be nice to visit with family, I agree 🙂 There were lots of really interesting buildings in Wrexham.

  10. March 23, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    This looks so beautiful and full of options to visit! I will definitely add it to my list!

    • March 26, 2018 / 11:05 am

      It’s such a beautiful part of Wales, I love it.

  11. March 26, 2018 / 10:30 pm

    I’ve been to Wrexham a few times but never knew about most of those things. X

    • March 27, 2018 / 10:16 am

      It was my first time but we managed to pick quite a bit in – can’t wait to go back and discover what else there is to do there!

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