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Explore With Ed - the Wonders of Wrexham!


'Top things to do in Wrexham, Wales' - This (hopefully very useful!) post is a paid partnership and collaboration with This Is Wrexham, all opinions are my own.

If an adventure in the Welsh countryside sounds appealing, let me introduce you to the two day 'Wrexham Wonder' itinerary. Taking in a grand National Trust property and scenic walking trail, packing your camera for some beautiful Instagram photos is essential.

Located in the North East of Wales, Wrexham county is home to Green Flag spaces like Alyn Waters Country Park and sits on the Welsh border near Chester, Liverpool and Manchester.

This overnight/weekender packs in a lot of sightseeing across Wrexham, so it's ideal if (like me), you love history and want to dust off the hiking boots.

Day one of the Wrexham Wonder itinerary
 - Introduction to Wrexham at Wrexham Museum.

The Wrexham Wonder itinerary begins at Wrexham Museum (free entry) which introduces you to the local history and points of interest like Holt Castle and the Minera Lead Mines. One of the highlights is the Brymbo Man, remains of a (approximately) 35 year old man from the early Bronze age - around 1600 BC!

Modern technology has allowed us to see what Brymbo Man may have looked like, revealed by the press of a button inside the exhibit. There's a cafe inside the museum for lunch, or you may prefer to pack a picnic for the next stop on this itinerary.

Clywedog trail walk | Things to do in Wrexham

The Clywedog trail takes you on a journey back to Wrexham's industrial origins. Starting at the

Bersham Iron Works Museum you'll head through Nant Mill Woods along the river to the Visitor Centre (a former Corn Mill) and onto Minera Lead Mines.

The mines and other attractions in Wrexham often have seasonal opening times, but if you'd like to visit during the quieter winter season you can immerse yourself in nature without any distraction.

Staying at Llyndir Hall Hotel in Wrexham

A rural five-acre retreat by Hallmark Hotels has its own pool and spa to unwind in before another day of sightseeing in Wrexham county.

Alternatively, if you fancy staying somewhere more central (near Wrexham's bars and restaurants) there's The Lemon Tree, both of which The Rare Welsh Bit has shared more about on her blog.

Day two of the Wrexham Wonder itinerary
 - The Ceiriog Valley Trail in Wrexham

Whilst admiring your camera roll over a hearty Welsh breakfast, download the Ceiriog Valley Trail app, it's an interactive map that provides users with photos and information about the trail so you can pick and choose what (if not all) the sites you'd like to see.

A top tip if you're short on time is to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, part of an 11-mile World Heritage Site stretching between Llantysilio and Gledrid in Shropshire, standing 129 feet high!

You can walk across the Aqueduct for stunning views over the river valley or hop on a narrow boat - a totally unique experience on the Llangollen Canal!

Holt Castle & the Church of All Saints, Gresford

The inner courtyard is all what remains of Holt Castle, but the artist impressions reveal a spectacular fortress comprised of five round towers with a moat and draw bridge.

Holt Castle was built in a strategic position, across the river Dee is England and the castle reinforced English King Edward I's control over North Wales. The nearby Farnham Bridge is the 'Gateway to Wales', the perfect selfie moment or ‘cover shot’ of your Wrexham adventure.

The distinct tone of the melodic Gresford Bells makes it one of the seven wonders of Wales - according to an anonymously written rhyme. Arriving at The Church of All Saints during a wedding service proved the bells were in fine voice as they rang out periodically to announce the celebrations.

The National Trust's Erddig Hall | Things to do in Wrexham

Erddig Hall is a 18th Century National Trust Property on the outskirts of Wrexham town. Throughout the calendar are seasonal events, autumn brings their annual apple harvest where up to 180 varieties are picked in their gardens.

You can also explore inside Erddig Hall, a family home that's frozen in time after coming under the protection of the National Trust in 1973. To end your trip on a sweet note head to Erddig's restaurant for a pot of tea and slice of bara brith.

For more information about the Wrexham Wonder itinerary, including other ideas and trips in Wrexham County, visit the Inspire Me section of the This Is Wrexham site.

The 'This Is Wrexham Tourism Partnership' has been successful in receiving funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

To read more about Ed's travels, visit his website at Explore with Ed!

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