Medieval castles, crazy science parks, towering 18th-century aqueducts and much more: We’ve got the best entertainment in Wrexham covered.
Activities in Wrexham
Looking like a Welsh spin-off of Downton Abbey, Erddig Hall is a large four-story National Trust property just two miles outside of Wrexham. Built in the 1680s, the large estate sits on a dramatic clifftop overlooking the Clywedog River with the sprawling 1,200-acre grounds taking in the remains of Norman castles, riverside picnics and the restored 18th-century gardens alive with orchards, wild garlic, nature trails and adventure playgrounds. The park is mostly open year-round with hourly house tours and self-guided tour options.
A World Heritage Site, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a vertigo-inducing, fully operational aqueduct that you can cross by boat, bike or by walking. The views across the Trevor Basin are spectacular – as are the views down to the ground 40 metres below. Start your journey at the free Visitor Centre, take a walk across the aqueduct or jump on a boat cruise for the full 11-mile trip down the Llangollen Canal and see the sights in style.
To really make the most of your trip, head to nearby Ty Mawr Country Park. Just a mile from the aqueduct, the park has a large children’s farm park full of donkeys, goats, llamas, ducks and chickens you can feed, plus an adventure playground, picnic areas and plenty of signposted walks.
If you’re looking for a leafy, family-friendly getaway in the centre of Wrexham and just a five-minute walk from our Wrexham Town Centre hotel, look no further than Bellevue Park. There is plenty to discover in the Edwardian park including gardens, playgrounds, bowling greens, football pitches, basketball and tennis courts and a measured running and jogging track.
Several miles south of Wrexham, Chirk Castle is an imposing 14th-century castle overlooking the rivers Dee and Ceiriog several miles south of Wrexham. Kids will love exploring the 480-acre grounds filled with wild ponies and clambering over Offa’s Dyke, while the interior of the castle comes alive with medieval armour, a two-level dungeon, costumes you can try on and plenty of impressive furniture and paintings dating back centuries.
Wrexham County Borough Museum
Get up to speed with Wrexham’s history – including its fascinating history as a part of the English-Welsh border – at Wrexham County Borough Museum on Regent Street. The museum opens Monday to Saturday and has a wide range of exhibits and archives spanning the Neolithic period until the modern day, plus a large display focussed on Welsh football. The free-entry museum also has an on-site cafe selling excellent coffee and cake.
Science brought brilliantly to life – there’s no other way to describe Techniquest Glyndwr. The interactive science discovery centre is aimed at children and toddlers with over 65 activities, but there’s plenty for adults to discover or remember from science lessons of your youth. The centre is open daily and also boasts regular science shows (especially during the local school holidays), a science garden and their ‘crazy science shop’.