North East Wales
North East Wales is the most populous area of the north. There are 300,000 people living in the areas around the second largest town in Wales Wrexham and Deeside. There are historical buildings to discover and of course, this is Wales, so beautiful beaches and countryside can be found across the region.
Wrexham Glyndŵr University offers over 150 courses and has many links with local industry including Toyota and Airbus UK. Airbus UK is responsible for assembling the wings for all Airbus civil aircraft, including the new-generation A350 XWB. Producing over 1,000 wings a year, the site employs more than 6,000 people.
St Asaph, in Denbighshire (a community of 3,400 people) was awarded city status as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and remains the second smallest city in the UK.
Singers and performers from around the world meet in Llangollen town each July for the International Eisteddfod. Classical singer Hayley Westenra said of the festival “Wonderful singing and dancing from every corner of the globe and a warm Welsh welcome for everyone. Llangollen is something incredibly special of which Wales, and indeed the world, can be proud!”
Some of the highlights:
- The 125 feet high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, near Llangollen, is one of Thomas Telford’s feats of engineering and was awarded World Heritage status in summer 2009. Take a trip on a canal boat across the ‘river in the sky’ to get the best views.
- Castell Dinas Brân – according to local folklore, the resting place of the Holy Grail.
- Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Bodelwyddan Castle and Park. The scenic castle close to Rhyl, Denbighshire, was built around the year 1460.
- Valley Crucis Abbey and the Horseshoe Pass. A Cadw site, Valley Crucis Abbey was built in 1201 by Prince of Powys Fadog and although it’s a ruin, large parts remain and it's great to explore the site. The stunning Horseshoe mountain pass lies nearby.
- Erddig Country Home, built in 1683, it has been voted the UK's favourite historic house and the second finest stately home.
[Erddig Country House]
- Plas Teg, another country house, is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Wales.
- Offa’s Dyke Path – this 285km national trail starts (or finishes) in Prestatyn on the North Wales coast near Rhyl.
- 5 of the 7 Wonders of Wales can be found in the North East. They were listed by an unnamed poet who travelled to North East Wales in the late 18th century and is just the beginning of the wonders has to offer across the country.
- Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm is the second largest in the world, highlighting the Welsh drive for sustainability and to look out for our future generations.
- One of the rounds of FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), the Wales Rally GB, is based at the Deeside Rally Village. Enjoy watching the action with a pint of Wrexham Lager, Britain’s oldest lager brew since 1882.