North Wales has been named among the top places in the world to visit in 2017 according to Lonely Planet’s annual
Best in Travel list - it is the only UK destination to be featured in the rankings, which are compiled by a panel of the travel publisher’s writers and experts.
There's no shortage of things to do in and around Wrexham and the surrounding areas to keep you occupied. Whether you're looking for historic sites, family days out or some extreme sporting action, you certainly won't get bored.
If you're into watersports, there are loads of opportunities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and even whitewater rafting.
Locally you can try the Segway craze, the greenest and arguably most fun way to check out our beautiful scenery at Chirk Castle.
Commonwood Fisheries can cater to the needs of experienced anglers and complete beginners alike with a variety of water for all skill levels set in lovely surroundings.
Although you might not immediately associate Wrexham with sailing, tucked away in Gresford is the Flash lake, home to Gresford Sailing Club. Whilst they are a club with many members and years of experience, they will always welcome visitors who wish to give sailing a go – but do call first to book in.
Wrexham’s well-known for its World Heritage site and Telford’s aqueduct - but did you know Chirk-based TNR coaching offer you the chance to canoe across the famous bridge? They can also introduce you to some archery, axe-throwing, bush craft and more.
Or why not take a drive on the wild side with Wrexham's Motor Safari?
There's even Surf Snowdonia, an inland surf lagoon. Not only is it the world's first artifical surfing venue, it also features the longest man-made surfable waves on the planet. And it's all right here, in North Wales.
If action is your thing, then you've come to the right place. For cycling and mountain biking lovers there are a whole host of tracks, trails and pathways to explore across the region, including the beautiful Llandegla Forest. Snowdonia National Park is great for hiking, and there are lots of impressive locations for rock climbing, such as disused slate mines and quarries.
If you fancy something even more exhilerating, why not visit Zip World,where you can ride the longest zip line in Europe, and the fastest in the world, reaching speeds in excess of 100mph.
As well as seeing a birds eye view of the landscape on the zip line, in the same location you can also visit Bounce Below - set in a former slate mine, you can bounce, roll, and jump from net to net in an enormous underground cavern!
One of the seven wonders of Wales, the steeple of St Giles Church can be seen from across the town centre. Did you know you can climb to the top to enjoy the fantastic view of the town it gives you? Tower Tours only happen during the fairer months, and you’ll need to book, but it’s well-worth the effort! Call Wrexham Tourist Information Centre for more information 01978 292015.
Thomas Telford's notable and striking Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a World Heritage Site situated just a few miles from Wrexham. The Grade I Listed building is the longest and highest aqueduct in the UK and was completed in 1805. It attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
18th century Erddig, three miles from Wrexham town centre, is one of Britain's finest historic houses. Maintained by the National Trust, it holds events year round, including an annual apple festival, Christmas markets and outdoor plays in the summer.
Wales is known for its castles, and North East Wales is no exception. Nearby Chirk Castle dates from 1310 and the reign of Edward I, and features a medieval tower, dungeons and expansive gardens. Conwy Castle, on the North Wales coast, is a dark stoned fortress built for Edward I, by Master James of St George. The castle is amongst the finest surviving medieval fortifications in Britain.
Family days out
The university's Wrexham campus has its own science discovery centre, Techniquest Glyndŵr. Open year-round, the centre is designed to inspire young people about science through its collection of hands-on exhibits, live shows and themed days. Staff from the centre work extensively with local schools and the university to further promote the take-up of science, technology, engineering and maths in education.
Plassey holiday village has an adventure park for children comprising climbing, slides and even a zip wire. It’s the perfect way to keep the kids happy and you get to browse the shops and enjoy a sneaky coffee and cake when they’re worn out from playing.
Wrexham County Borough Museum is an excellent starting point for discovering the eventful history of Wrexham and the wider area. The museum's displays and collections tell the stories of Wrexham and its people from prehistory up to the present day.
Nearby Chester Zoo houses over 12,000 animals and 400 different species. It is regularly named as the best zoo in the UK and has been ranked seventh in the world by TripAdvisor.
Coast and countryside
The Snowdonia National Park boasts vast areas of natural beauty and unique scenery. The park covers 838 square miles, and is home to Mount Snowdon, which, at 3,560ft, is the biggest mountain in England and Wales.
North Wales is also blessed with more than 200 miles of coastline, and a great number of blue flag beaches, all within easy reach.