How to spend 48-hours in Wrexham

Students walking through Wrexham

If you're planning to visit us for an open day or fancy a look at what life could be like while studying at WGU, we've compiled all the info you need on where to go and what to see in Wrexham.

From retail therapy, history and culture to amazing food and unforgettable nights out along with world-renowned countryside and adrenaline sports, our city might be small but it certainly packs a punch.  

Here are a few of our fave ways to spend a couple of days in Wrexham... 

Day 1 


Start your day with brunch at one of the city's many cafes - Lot 11 or To^st Cafe and Deli are two of our students' top picks - before doing a spot of shopping and exploring Wrexham city centre. You'll find all the high street names you'd expect, as well as plenty of independent shops and two historic indoor markets. Keep an eye out for hidden gems like Overton and Central Arcades too, with their off-the-beaten-track treasures like patisseries, craft shops and retro furniture. 

Fancy doing a bit of sightseeing while you're here? Make time to pop into the city's impressive 16th century church, St Giles. It's steeple is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales, and if you're feeling brave you can climb the 149 steps to the top of this 135ft tower - not for the faint hearted! Or, take a stroll down to the Wrexham Lager brewery, and treat yourself to a few bottles of their famous tipple from the on-site shop.  

st giles church


If the hunger pangs are starting to set in, make a beeline for the food court at Ty Pawb 

An award-winning arts hub, Ty Pawb occupies a former market that's been transformed into a thriving social and community space. Inside, you'll find an acclaimed art gallery (previously host to exhibitions from art royalty like Grayson Perry) and an eclectic mix of independent shops selling everything from old-school computer games and vintage vinyl records to rare and customised trainers. There's also, of course, a fantastic food court where you can sample some of the city's most up-and-coming eateries - think waffles, milkshakes, curries, chicken wings, pies and vegan goodness.   

Alternatively, if you're a footy fan, why not try and catch a game at the historic Racecourse Ground? The home turf of the city's much-loved Wrexham FC, you may have seen the club hit the headlines recently after being bought by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney. With a devoted crowd of close to 10,000 supporters attending, you can bank on an electric atmosphere, and who knows who you might see while you're there...  

Wrexham Football Club Stadium


If you fancy going out 'out', Wrexham has everything you could need for a great night.  

Whether it's live music at The Rockin' Chair and The Parish, a pint and the latest sporting action at Hill Street Social, bars and clubs like Atik or a cosy dinner and cocktails at the Fat Boar, there's something for absolutely everyone.  

And that's not forgetting our very own on-campus SU bar Glyn's - a must if you're a student! 


Day 2 


It's time to fuel up for the day! Begin the morning with a trip to artisan bakery Wrexham Bakeshop to pick up some sandwiches and a doughnut (or three) for lunch later before heading out for an adventure. 

Our region excels at outdoor sports and the areas surrounding Wrexham are no exception; jam-packed with rivers, mountains and coastline, they provide a playground for adrenaline seekers.  

Try a canoe tour over the towering Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, test your balance out a SUP board on nearby Hope Lake, engage your Spidey-skills rock climbing on the cliffs above neighbouring Llangollen, or take on the mountain bike trails at Oneplanet Adventure in Llandegla.  

Whatever it is that gets your heart racing, you're sure to find it here.  

World Heritage Site, Pontcysyllte aqueduct


For those that want to kick back and relax for the rest of the day, hop in the car and return to Wrexham. 

There, you could take a trip to Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre and challenge your mates to an afternoon of pool and bowling, before rounding it all off with a gaming marathon at the city's nearby gaming arena.  

Or, if you're a low key fan of period dramas like Bridgerton don't miss National Trust site Erddig. With an impressive country house, formal gardens and around 1,200 acres of parkland, Erddig gives visitors a real life look at the life of upstairs and downstairs of the gentry.  

A group sitting outside a wrexham cafe


After a busy day, treat yourself to dinner out. The city is home to a vibrant mix of people and cultures which is reflected in the food here; from pubs, steakhouses and pizzerias to tapas, Thai and Mediterranean you'll never go hungry.  

Still got some energy left? Check out one of Wrexham's comedy nights, head to the cinema to catch the latest movie or book tickets for an event like bonkers bingo.  

Make sure you look at the line-up for William Aston Hall on-campus here at Wrexham Glyndwr University too. The 880-seat theatre has welcomed everyone from comedians like Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan and Jimmy Carr to shows and bands like Feeder. 

Group performance in Blood Brothers

Fancy coming to see what Wrexham Glyndwr University has to offer for yourself? Find out when our next open day on-campus is here and check out 8 reasons to choose WGU