‘Welcome’ to Wrexham and North East Wales

Hollywood and hardship

Discover the town and county of Wrexham, recently made globally famous by the docu-series ‘Welcome to Wrexham’ hosted by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenny after their purchase of the local football team, Wrexham AFC.

A visit to the club shop and the Turf pub are absolutely on the agenda but we delve deeper into the local area and you’ll learn why Wrexham and the Welsh have lived a life of being the eternal underdogs. From the early conquest of Wales by its more powerful neighbours to the thriving industrial revolution powered by coal and iron to the massive depression and unemployment as these industries closed down. The effects on the local area and its football team have been documented in the series.

We’ll spend time in the city itself visiting the club shop and legendry Turf pub and learning about the area’s links to one of the USA’s finest educational institutions amongst other things.

We’ll then take the short 15 minute drive across to the Dee Valley and Vale of Llangollen where the industrial heartlands of Wrexham county transform into a far more typical Welsh landscape of hill farms, castles and lush green valleys.

There is enough to fill a brochure in Llangollen with a myriad of colourful shops and a strong café and foodie culture. Plas Newydd is a stone house converted into a gothic fantasy by its famous inhabitants the ‘’Ladies of Llangollen’. At Valle Crucis Abbey, founded by Cistercian monks in 1201, you would expect to find a life of religious austerity – but, it was better known for its lavish hospitality of silver service and ale ‘flowing like a river’. The ancient hill fort of Castell Dinas Bran, with its links to the legends of King Arthur, is perched atop a steep hill overlooking the town. Travel by steam up the Dee valley on the Llangollen Heritage Steam railway or take life at a slower pace aboard a horse-drawn barge along the Llangollen Canal. Thrill-seekers can take a white-water rafting trip down the tumbling waters of the River Dee, go rock climbing on the local limestone escarpments or mountain biking at the 2 local purpose-built centres.

We finish the day at the junction of countryside and industry. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Llangollen Canal were granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2010. Completed in 1805, the canal was built to take slate, limestone and other natural resources across the steep Dee valley and onwards to the industrial heartlands of England. The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the canal 126 feet over the Dee valley and is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture. Now a major tourism destination, a museum charts the life of the canal and aqueduct through the ages. A stroll to the centre of the aqueduct is a must and you can cross on a canal boat or even canoe over if you are feeling brave.

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Your personal guided tour timetable

Your tour of Snowdonia starts at your accommodation at 9:30 am. Your day will include rest, coffee and a lunch stop in addition to stops for the listed sites, attractions and activities. Along the way, your driver will tell you all about Wales’ history, culture, myths and legends whilst pointing out places of interest and recommending the best stops for food, refreshments and photos. We aim to have you back at your accommodation at about 6:00 pm.

We will endeavour to visit all locations listed on this tour however, Start/Finish times, order of itinerary and places we visit may change depending on your pickup and drop-off location, weather, road conditions or other events out of our control. Therefore, all tour timings are approximate, and we reserve the right to change the tour itinerary at any time.

What is Included in your Snowdonia Tours package

Pick up and drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales.

The services of your professional driver/guide throughout your tour.

The use of our luxury Mercedes people carrier to suit your party size

All fuel, parking and road tolls.

What is excluded from your Snowdonia Tours package

Food and drink and admission fees to sites, attractions and activities were payable.

Personal travel insurance

What to bring with you.

Please bring a wind or waterproof coat and sensible footwear for some light walking. Whilst rare, Wales can have 4 seasons in one day!

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham, Wales, UK

Driver Guides

Fully licenced and accredited, locally born and bred

Luxury Vehicles

Luxury Mercedes Touring Vehicles

Pick Up’s

Complimentary pick up/drop off at your hotel or cruise berth within North Wales

Onboard Wi-Fi

Onboard Wi-Fi and mobile Charging facilities

Complimentary Water

Bottled Welsh Spring water onboard

Our Luxury ‘Off The Shelf’ Private Guided Tours