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Northern Wales’ largest town is Wrexham, a pleasant destination that serves as the main commercial, residential and tourist centre for this region. There are some star attractions here like St Giles’ Church and a neat little downtown core with traditional pubs and shops. Wrexham is also an ideal base for those looking to drive around northern Wales, where all kinds of castles, manor estates and natural parks provide a wide range of daytrips options from the city.
Who to Book With
There is a good selection of car hire outfits in Wrexham, from major chains like Avis to local Welsh companies such as Smithy Car Hire. Their offices are scattered all around the city, so it’s best to make your rental booking online in advance to ensure you get the right vehicle at the lowest price.
Best Time to Go
The weather in Wrexham is typical of that in the rest of northern England. It rains evenly throughout the year, with a slight increase during the winter months when daily highs average around 8°C. The best time for a visit is the late spring and summer, when temperatures warm up to around 21°C and rainfall is moderate.
Need to Know Essentials
Most car rental offices will request these documents when you collect a vehicle:
- A valid driving license
- Photo ID
- Printed confirmation
- A credit card
There aren’t any major motorways near Wrexham, but the A534 connects to the M6 eastwards at Stoke-on-Trent, and the A483 connects to the M56 near Liverpool. This ensures convenient road access to and from the rest of England. Wrexham itself has a ring road around its town centre to help visitors move around the area without delving too far into the medieval downtown core where traffic gets congested; there are travel restrictions on certain streets and parking can be hard to find.
The city manages a dozen car parks on the fringe of the historic core. Some have a maximum stay of two hours, while others are available for longer periods. Parking rates are typically £1 for a stay of up to two hours and around £4 for the full day.
There are excellent air connections less than an hour from Wrexham at Liverpool and Manchester airports. The city also enjoys great rail connections with the rest of the UK via its two railway stations, and coaches regularly arrive from across the country at Wales’ main northern hub. To get around Wrexham, the bus is a useful option. Otherwise, there are taxis available, bit car rental is the best choice for those looking to enjoy driving excursions in the area.
Wrexham is the main rail hub for northern Wales, with two train stations and plenty of service to and from the rest of the UK. The Wrexham Central Station sits right in the heart of town, literally on the edge of the pedestrian historic core. Wrexham General Station is the larger of the two, yet still within a 10-minute walk of the downtown. General Station has frequent direct trains to London, Cardiff, Birmingham and Manchester.
Arriva operates most of the long-distance coaches into Wrexham, while GHA covers transport within northern Wales. The city’s newly-built main bus terminal is the largest in the region, handling both local and long-distance routes. Since all of downtown Wrexham can be easily explored on foot, buses are really only useful to reach outlying villages and industrial estates.
There are a handful of local taxi outfits in Wrexham, ready 24 hours a day to take travellers where they need to go. Wrexham & Prestige Company is the largest of the bunch, offering online or phone-in transport services. Other taxi outfits typically queue up at the rail stations and the bus terminal to greet arriving passengers. However, the easiest thing is to simply call for a pick up.
Being the main city in northern Wales, Wrexham is the perfect base of operations for those looking to enjoy driving adventures around this stunning corner of the UK. There are several interesting historic attractions just outside of town, such as Erdding Hall, and even more castles, manors and natural parks can be found farther afield but still within easy striking distance of Wrexham. Best of all, every road in the region is scenic and lightly travelled.
The Wirral - This is a beautiful peninsula just outside of Liverpool that combines quaint seaside villages with undeveloped nature preserves. You can reach the Wirral without getting close to the congestion of Liverpool, stopping at beaches like West Kirby for a picnic on the sand.
Snowdonia National Park - This is one of the UK’s most dramatic and inspiring areas of wild nature. This vast park begins just an hour west of Wrexham. Good roads travel right through the heart of Snowdonia if a day cruise is all you require, but there also dozens of opportunities to get out and wander around this magical area.
The Coastal Drive - Located along the A55 is one of the prettiest pieces of road in the UK. It starts right at Wrexham and heads directly to the Welsh coastline at Flint, where it continues right along the sea all the way around Snowdonia National Park and as far as Holyhead at the ‘ends of the earth’. There are dozens of ways to create a loop, long or short, out of this drive.