Where Great Scenic Journeys converge – Wrexham’s wonders unlocked!
It’s situated in the heart of Arriva Wales and Traws Cymru’s fab bus networks – WREXHAM is a truly wonderful place to visit and is served by 4 routes within the Great Scenic Journeys collection. These delights are the 5 from Llangollen and 1 from Chester, both from Arriva Wales and the TrawsCymru T3 from Barmouth and T12 from Machynlleth. The scenic routes are worth the journey in themselves but the end destination of Wrexham provides an even greater incentive to travel as it’s a really fascinating place, with something for everyone.
Wrexham is a haven for those seeking a blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. Nestled in picturesque countryside, Wrexham offers a unique tapestry of experiences that captivates visitors.
One of Wrexham’s primary attractions is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This engineering marvel, built by Thomas Telford, stands tall over the River Dee, allowing folk to stroll across the aqueduct while admiring the breathtaking views of the Dee Valley below. Arriva’s number 5 route between Wrexham and Llangollen provides a short walk from its stop in Trefor to this famous Aqueduct.
History buffs can explore the Wrexham County Borough Museum, which showcases a captivating journey through the town’s past. The Erddig House and Gardens, a National Trust property, unleashes a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Yorke family through centuries, presenting stunning architecture, impressive collections, and picturesque gardens.Nature lovers can escape to Acton Park, a scenic green space perfect for leisurely strolls, picnics, and even boating on its lake. Nearby Alyn Waters Country Park beckons with its picturesque trails, diverse wildlife, and serene riverside spots.
For a taste of local culture, visit the St Giles’ Church, an architectural gem with its stunning steeple and historical significance. It was built in 1506 and is the largest medieval parish church in Wales and renowned as one of the seven wonders of Wales.
Onto more lively matters and a visit to the Racecourse Ground, the world’s oldest international football stadium still in use, is a ‘must’ for football fans. In recent years, Wrexham Football Club has undergone transformative changes. In September 2020, the club made headlines globally when it was taken over by Hollywood actors Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, injecting new energy and resources into the historically significant club. The duo outlined ambitious plans to invest in the team, the community, and the stadium. Promotion back to the Football League was achieved last season. They’ve some big games coming up, with the next home match on Saturday 14th October 2023 against Salford City, a club itself which has also enjoyed an incredible transformation – but by former Manchester United, rather than Hollywood, legends, known as ‘The Class of ’92’. It should be a cracker and kick off is at 3pm.
Wrexham also boasts a vibrant culinary scene, offering a blend of traditional Welsh fare and international cuisine. Enjoy a hearty meal at a local pub or explore the diverse eateries dotted throughout the town. There’s plenty around!
To infuse some quirkiness into your visit, hunt for the “7 wonders of Wrexham,” which is an amusing collection of lesser-known attractions that add a touch of eccentricity to the town. From the mysterious “Pillar of Eliseg” to the peculiarly named “Goblin Tower,” each wonder has its own unique, almost enchanting story to tell.
Wrexham also boasts a peculiar claim to fame: the “Steam Hammer of Wrexham.” In the 19th century, the town was home to one of the largest steam hammers in the world, a colossal industrial machine used for forging metal. This impressive engineering marvel, located at the Brymbo Steelworks, was a symbol of the town’s industrial prowess during the height of the iron and steel industry. The steam hammer became a quirky symbol of Wrexham’s industrial heritage, showcasing its pivotal role in the shaping of Britain’s industrial landscape during that era.
Wrexham’s nightlife offers a lively mix of pubs, bars, and entertainment venues. The town pulsates with diverse options for nocturnal enjoyment, from traditional Welsh pubs exuding charm to modern cocktail bars catering to varied tastes. Venues like Central Station and The Fat Boar provide a vibrant atmosphere for socializing, often featuring live music and DJ sets. For those seeking a taste of the local culture, Wrexham Lager Club and Saith Seren are excellent choices. The latter, a Welsh cultural hotbed, frequently hosts events celebrating the Welsh language, music, and poetry. Wrexham’s nightlife scene is eclectic, ensuring an enjoyable night out for all.
For further details how you can combine a trip to Wrexham with a lovely view from the bus window and a trip with a difference then check out the four routes below in the Great Scenic Journeys collection that all converge on this invigorating town!