Bustling Towns and Picturesque Villages
Historic Market Towns
Villages and Churches
Artisan Crafts and Local Food
North East Wales
North East Wales covers a diverse region, from the Welsh border to Hiraethog moors in the west, and from the coast to the Berwyn Mountains in the south. It is filled with small but perfectly-formed towns dominated by castles or lying in wide river valleys, and pretty villages clustered around ancient churches, many with double naves so characteristic of the area. Within these villages are the studios of local artisans, crafters and food producers.
Along the Vale of Clwyd lie the historic market towns of Ruthin and Denbigh, both with medieval castle ruins, many fine heritage buildings, a range of independent shops and friendly pubs. Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales’ leading centre for the applied Arts, and two unique living history visitor attractions, are not to be missed. In the lower reaches of the valley, Britain’s second-smallest cathedral city St Asaph, and ancient Rhuddlan with its sturdy four-towered castle, reward the inquiring visitor.
The Dee Valley and lower slopes of the Berwyns are home to the bustling and popular town of Llangollen, historic Corwen where Walkers are Welcome, and several ancient and beautiful villages associated with significant events in Wales’ history. Much of this area lies within the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site as well as the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Mold is a thriving town with a twice-weekly street market, and its renowned Theatr Clwyd hosts world-class performances in all genres. The steeple of St Giles Church in Wrexham, the area’s largest town, is one of the Seven Wonders of Wales.