From Wales to England and back – an Arriva wonderland

Magical scenic sojourns

Starting from Wrexham, embark on a spectacular journey through North Wales with Arriva Wales, where the scenic bus services 1 and 5 cater to every customer’s dream. From the vibrant city life and cultural experiences of the number 1 to Chester to the tranquil village charm and natural wonders of the 5 to Llangollen, these routes promise something for everyone. Buckle up for a comfortable ride in modern buses, as we take you on a picturesque adventure through the diverse landscapes of Wrexham, Chester, and Llangollen. Plus, discover the enchanting activities that make Chester even more magical during winter.

Two great places, one fab bus ride….

Arriva’s Number 1 bus, connecting Wrexham to Chester, is a city explorer’s dream come true. The journey is not just about commuting; it’s a cultural escapade filled with vibrant city life and a myriad of things to see and do.

The adventure begins with the comfort of Arriva’s high-quality, modern buses. Spacious interiors, comfortable seating, and panoramic windows ensure that your ride is as enjoyable as the destination. As you leave Wrexham, you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in Chester’s dynamic atmosphere.

Culture and entertainment galore

Chester, with its rich history and cultural significance, awaits your exploration. Arriva’s number 1 bus takes you through the heart of the city, passing iconic landmarks like Chester Cathedral, the Roman Walls, and the Rows—quaint, medieval-style galleries with unique shops.

One quirky and lesser-known fact about Chester Cathedral is its resident “cat’s head” carving. Among the many intricate carvings adorning the cathedral’s exterior, there’s a mysterious and enigmatic carving of what appears to be a cat’s head. However, this carving is not your typical feline representation. Legend has it that this particular cat’s head has a peculiar quality – it changes its appearance depending on the phases of the moon. Locals and visitors claim that the cat’s expression alters slightly with each lunar cycle, displaying different moods or even subtle facial changes. While it’s a fun and whimsical tale, the reason behind this curious carving’s changing appearance remains shrouded in mystery. Some say it’s a result of weathering and erosion over time, while others delight in the idea of a magical lunar-linked cat carving adorning the historic Chester Cathedral.

 

A Culinary adventure

For food enthusiasts, the route offers a diverse culinary journey. From cozy cafes to fine dining establishments, Chester has it all. Take a stroll along the charming streets, and you’ll discover a plethora of eateries.

Chester is a winter wonderland, with the university choir performing in the heart of the city. The streets come alive with twinkling lights, and the air is filled with the spirit of the winter season. There’s never any January blues in Chester, where it’s full of life and vitality all-year round, buoyed by the backdrop of buildings with fine architecture, oozing with character.

Race away to the Races!

It’s worth a visit to Chester Racecourse! It was established in 1539 and holds the accolade of Britain’s oldest active racecourse. Nestled within the historic city walls of Chester, its unique circular layout, known as the Roodee, exudes a palpable sense of heritage and excitement. The course’s tight turns and short straightaways, set against the backdrop of Roman ruins, challenge jockeys and thrill spectators during the annual May Festival, showcasing top-class horse racing. Its rich history, including a moment when King Charles I attended races during the Civil War, adds to the allure, making Chester Racecourse a revered gem, blending sporting prowess with centuries of tradition and charm.

Llangollen Delights await – the Arriva 5 Wrexham to Llangollen

If your heart longs for a quieter, more scenic adventure, the Number 5 bus from Wrexham to Llangollen is your ticket to paradise. Llangollen, nestled in the hills of North Wales, is a picture-perfect village offering a peaceful retreat and a wealth of natural wonders.

As the bus winds its way through the lush countryside, customers are treated to breathtaking views of rolling hills and meandering rivers. The journey itself becomes an integral part of the adventure, with every turn revealing a new panorama.

Welsh charm at its best!

Llangollen exudes a timeless charm, and its streets are lined with independent shops, showcasing unique crafts, local produce, and handmade treasures. The village invites you to explore at a leisurely pace, immersing yourself in the warmth of the community.

A becalming experience….

A stroll along the riverbank, a visit to the historic railway station, and the sight of the iconic river bridge crossing add to the tranquility of Llangollen. The slower pace of life here is a welcome contrast to the hustle and bustle of Chester and Wrexham, making it an ideal destination for families and those seeking a peaceful escape.

Llangollen is, to an extent, like stepping back in time, to a more serene but charming and simple era. This is no better expounded than at The Llangollen Railway, a heritage steam railway that traverses 10 miles of picturesque countryside along the River Dee. It operates vintage steam engines and historic carriages, offering a nostalgic journey through lush valleys and rolling hills. The line, originally part of the Ruabon to Barmouth route, ceased regular service in 1965 but was resurrected by dedicated enthusiasts. The railway’s centerpiece, the lovingly maintained locomotives, chug along the track, providing passengers a glimpse into the golden era of steam travel. With its commitment to preserving heritage and delivering a memorable experience, Llangollen Railway captivates visitors with its timeless charm.

Llangollen boasts the enchanting Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This architectural marvel, completed in 1805, spans the Dee Valley, showcasing Thomas Telford’s ingenuity. Standing at 126 feet tall and stretching over 1,000 feet long, this aqueduct allows narrowboats to glide over the river, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Its cast-iron structure and stunning design, featuring 18 stone pillars, continue to draw admiration and awe from visitors worldwide.

Llangollen has been home to several notable individuals who have made their mark in various fields. Evan Morris was born in Llangollen in 1722. He was a renowned Welsh poet known for his works in the Welsh language. Evan’s poetry often celebrated Welsh culture and traditions. Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby were famously known as the Ladies of Llangollen and they captured public fascination in the late 18th century. They lived together in Plas Newydd, a house in Llangollen, and their unconventional lifestyle challenged societal norms of the time, with their eccentric characteristics, their library and high society guests. David Richards was born in Llangollen in 1952 and is a notable figure in the automotive industry. He’s known for his involvement in motorsports, particularly as the chairman of Prodrive, a successful motorsport and technology company. Finally, Iolo Williams, although not born in Llangollen, she was a Welsh naturalist, presenter, and conservationist and lived in the area for some time. He’s recognized for his work on various nature programs, bringing attention to Welsh wildlife and environmental issues.

All with Arriva!

Arriva’s Number 1 and Number 5 buses epitomize the diversity of North Wales, offering something for every customer. Whether you’re drawn to the vibrant energy of city life or the serene charm of a village, Arriva Wales ensures that your journey is as delightful as the destinations themselves. So, blow those January blues away and embark on an adventure, where modern comfort meets scenic beauty, and where every ride is an exploration of Wales’ rich tapestry.

1 Wrexham – Chester – Great Scenic Journeys

5 Wrexham – Llangollen – Great Scenic Journeys