Located close to the English/Welsh border, this is a bustling historic town with weekly markets taking place and home to the impressive medieval church of St Mary. The town library displays many Bronze Age artefacts which were discovered locally, and the centre piece of the town is the Norman motte and bailey castle. The formal park is a lovely spot for a picnic, and the Theatr Clwyd has a variety of drama shows, music and dance productions.
Just a short drive from the town is Alyn Waters Country Park, with marked walks through woodland and along the river. There is also a visitor centre with information on the history and wildlife of the park, on the Llay side is a nature reserve ideal for family groups with a programme of activities and events for children. The ancient pilgrimage site of St Winefrides Well is also worth a visit.
There are plenty of lovely walks to choose from in the surrounding area, the Nant Mill visitor centre is situated in the Clywedog Valley and North Wales is also home to the famous Pilgrims Way and the Clyydian Range so this is a perfect area to visit for walkers who enjoy coastal paths and countryside strolls. Greenfield Valley Park is a great family day out, there are interesting farming displays and vintage machinery as well as a blacksmith forge. Also an outdoor play area, maze and farm animals.
North Wales showcases some of the UK's most varied landscape, from the snow-capped mountains of Snowdonia to the beaches of the Llyn Peninsula. Indeed, it is one of the only parts of Britain where you can be in the mountains in the morning and at the seaside by the afternoon. The diverse animal life of the region reflects this, with everything from otters to ospreys and seals to dolphins.
Not many places are imbued with such history and heritage, which is reflected throughout the region from cottages to castles! Attractions abound, with zoos and farms, steam railways and activity centres. There are regular events from international cultural festivals and shows to family fun days.
The area also offers a huge range of outdoor activities; walking, cycling, fishing, golf and water-sports to name only a few. In many parts of North Wales the spoken language is Welsh, not English, although people who cannot or will not speak the latter are rare, and signposts and other notices always display their message in both languages.