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Best Hotels in Wrexham

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Once at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, Wrexham’s shaking off its image as a gritty coal mining town, with vast retail parks cropping up – home to various well-known high street brands, popular restaurant chains and leisure facilities. It makes a perfect – and inexpensive – base for exploring lush north Wales. Scenic Llangollen with the frothy River Dee – a prime river rafting spot – and its stretch of impressively engineered canal – including the navigable Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – are a short drive away.

Things to see

If you’re in town on a Monday take a wander through the open air market – a long-stay of the town, thought to descend from the original 15th century cattle market. These days you won’t see any live cattle, though all manner of local produce, handmade arts and crafts, and general household items tempt you to part with your cash. Three indoor markets offer a variety of goods every day of the week, including Butcher’s Market. Built in the 19th century it’s still home to a few long-standing butchers firms, though it too offers all manner of items. Once you’ve perused the markets, head to Erddig Hall, just south of town. The large mansion house brims with period portraits, while the historic walled gardens are home to fruit trees, ponds and the ‘Cup and Saucer’ – a self-working hydraulic ram that pumps water to the house.

Hotels in Wrexham

For being so close to popular Welsh scenery, including wild Snowdonia, Wrexham hotels are seriously affordable. Many are 3-star rated with a few 4 star hotels scattered around, all coming in with a much lower price tag than other – often more popular – north Wales towns. This makes it a great place to treat yourself in an upscale guesthouse with luxury thick linens, top service and wholesome breakfasts made from high quality local ingredients. If you fancy bagging a bargain, the town’s chain hotels are eminently good value, especially when booked in advance.

Where to stay

Wrexham’s outskirts are scattered with new retail parks and residential areas, where you can find chain hotels and good value B&Bs. Although not great for walking in to town, it does give you the advantage of easy access to the rest of the county and north Wales. If you prefer to be in walking distance of the town’s markets, shops and restaurants, you should look for accommodation close to the town centre. Further afield, pretty Llangollen is popular for canal holidays, especially in summer, and is an ever-burgeoning base for climbers, hikers and white-water rafters.

How to get to Wrexham

International visitors – or those travelling from further afield in the UK – can fly into Liverpool or Manchester airports, both between 45 and 60 minutes’ drive from Wrexham. If hiring a car isn’t your thing, trains run from these and other cities, including Birmingham, Cardiff and London, so it’s perfectly feasible to get by on public transport. Coach operators also run routes from around the UK, and make an inexpensive alternative to trains. Once in town, trains run from here throughout the region, while local buses offer services to more rural areas.