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Wrexham: Steeped in History and Industry

by Love Wrexham Magazine

Wrexham, nestling in the rolling hills of North Wales, is a city that wears its history and heart on its sleeve.

Beyond the bustling industrial estates and vibrant city centre lies a community rich in culture, natural beauty with a deep connection to its past. Here’s why Wrexham holds a special place in the hearts and minds of its residents and visitors.

Industry and Innovation

Wrexham boasts the second-largest industrial estate in the UK, after Trafford Park and one of the largest in Europe. Giants like JCB, Kellogg’s, Wockhardt, Village Bakery and Net World Sports call it home. While Brother, Cadbury and Kronospan also have bases here.

This varied mix of international brands and homegrown businesses fuels the city’s economy and brings a special cosmopolitan feel to the area.

You can find all of our local business articles, here.

Events and Culture

Wrexham’s cultural scene is as diverse as its industries. From Wrexham University to FOCUS Wales, the international music festival that showcases global talent, there’s always an event to immerse yourself in.

The city centre buzzes with independent shops, cafes, and restaurants, offering a delightful mix of modern trends and traditional Welsh charm. Also, don’t forget the National Eisteddfod of Wales, a celebration of the Welsh language and culture that happens in Llangollen!

If you would like to learn some Welsh words, click here.

Nature’s Playground

Step outside the city centre, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by breath-taking scenery. Wrexham boasts three of the “Seven Wonders of Wales” within its county: the ancient Overton Yew Trees, the towering Wrexham Steeple and the melodic Gresford Bells.

Take a walk along the scenic trails of Alyn Waters Country Park. Or explore the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and marvel at Thomas Telford’s engineering miracle spanning the Dee Valley.

If you would like to see some of the walks we have featured, click here.

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A Caring Heart

Wrexham’s spirit shines brightest in its thriving charity sector. From Nightingale House Hospice to Wrexham Foodbank, the city thrives on a deep sense of community. Local organisations work tirelessly to support those in need, nurturing a culture of compassion and giving back.

You can keep up to date and read all of our charity articles, here.

Sporting Legacy and Brews

Football fans will be awestruck by the STōK Cae Ras, the oldest international football stadium still in use. Home to Wrexham AFC, one of the UK’s oldest professional clubs, it resonates with history and a passionate fanbase.

After a thrilling match, pop next door to the now iconic Turf Pub. Raise a glass of Wrexham Lager, rumoured to be the world’s first (or the first to be exported) refrigerated lager and toast the city’s rich heritage.

You can also find more on Sports, here.

A Museum of Memories

History buffs will find themselves enthralled at the Wrexham Museum, soon to be home to the Welsh Football Museum. Explore exhibits that delve into Wrexham’s industrial past, showcasing coal mining, steelworks, lead mines, and the ground-breaking developments of the canal and railway systems.

Did you know there was once a LEGO factory on the Wrexham Industrial Estate? The legacy of innovation continues to captivate!

Talking about interesting facts, you can read our ‘Do You Know?’ series, here, or, for more articles on History, click here.

Castles and Country Estates

A stone’s throw away, explore the grandeur of Erddig, a National Trust property showcasing a magnificent Georgian mansion and expansive gardens and only a short walk from the city centre. Or head to Chirk Castle, another National Trust marvel boasting amazing grounds, stunning interiors and a rich history.

Wrexham is much more than an industrial powerhouse. It’s a city steeped in history, a haven for nature lovers, a vibrant cultural hub and a community that embraces its past while looking forward to a bright future.

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