The largest town in North Wales, Wrexham is an attractive place that offers much to the visitor. Situated close to the Cheshire border in the picturesque valley of the River Dee, Wrexham is believed to have been formed in the 12th century, although archaeological digs in the area have uncovered evidence of civilization from thousands of years ago.
Like many of its fellow Welsh towns Wrexham suffered from the closure of the coal mines, yet recent regeneration programmes have seen a boost in visitor figures and the town is now a major retail and commerce centre showing impressive growth.
The town centre still features some interesting and well preserved old buildings, including the famous thatched Horse and Jockey public house, while Erddig Hall is a priced asset of the National Trust and it, and its parkland, has received awards as one of the best houses to visit in the UK. Wrexham is home to many interesting pubs, great restaurants and a wide variety of convenient guest houses and hotels.
Erddig Hall, Gardens & Country Park, Erddig LL13 0YT (01978) 355314
Less than two miles from Wrexham, Erddig Hall, with its gardens and Country Park, is considered to be one of the country’s finest historic houses.
During the 18th Century it was commonplace for the gentry to utilise the services of butlers and servants, and this ‘upstairs downstairs’ life is reflected at Erddig Hall.
The house is filled with fine furniture, portraits and mementoes; while outside, the grounds are dotted with an impressive range of outbuildings.