Wrexham Travel Guide

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Not only renowned for it's buzzing fast food culture and street fighting, Wrexham is also home to some of the finest modified Novas in Wales.

Don't know who wrote that but don't be put off. Wrexham was once a coalming and steel town. It also had two renowned breweries. Recently it has undergone a makeover and is now a very good shopping centre. There are also some buildings of architectural interest including St Giles' Church with its ornate tower, a copy of which can be found at Yale University in the USA. In fact the founder of Yale University, Elihu Yale has his tomb at the church. The colourful ceiling of the church is decorated with flying musical angels and there are two very early eagle lecterns. Modern buildings of note include the swimming baths and the police building next door.

The area around Wrexham has some excellent visitor attractions including Bersham Ironworks where John Wilkiinson one of the early Ironmasters of the Industrial Revolution set up a foundry. Close by the Bersham Visitor Centre Chronicles the Industrial and Geological Heritage. The Clwedog Valley trail leads through a picturesque valley to Minera with its disused Lead Mines. These were mined from Roman Times until the start of the 20th Century. The City Shaft Engine House has been restored and can be visited.

Coal mining is represented by the Headgear and winding house at the old Bersham Mine. Location for the 1979 remake of "How Green was my Valley". Close by is Erddig Hall a National Trust property well worth a visit as the servants here were very well treated when compared to other stately homes such as Penrhyn Castle.

 

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