As anyone who has traveled around the County Borough will know, Wrexham is a place full of fascinating historical sites.
Whether it’s our castles and grand estates or the quarries and collieries, there’s a rich vein of stories from Wrexham’s past to discover all around our local area.
This September will be a grand time to go out and do some of this discovering for yourself thanks to a series of special events which are to be held at some of our finest historical sites.
The Open Door events are organised by Cadw. It’s a nationwide scheme which aims to open some of the country’s most significant historical sites to the public for a limited time.
So what can I see in Wrexham?
Please note – some of these events are booking essential. See the Cadw wesbite for full details.
Clwyd Family History Society Resource Centre
10am-4pm Saturday September 1 and Saturday September 22
The Clwyd Family History Society Resource Centre is the ideal place to start tracing your family history. There are many records for the old counties of Flint and Denbighshire
Come and gain an insight into starting to find about your family history. Volunteers from the Society will be at the centre to guide you.
Ceiriog Memorial Institute
1pm-4pm Saturday September 1 & Saturday September 8
The Institute is a Grade 2 listed building, erected in 1911 in memory of the renowned poets of the Ceiriog Valley – John ‘Ceiriog’ Hughes, Huw Morus, and Robert ‘Cynddelw’ Ellis. It contains many local and historical artefacts within its recently modernised museum, and a magnificent collection of stained glass windows depicting characters and events in Welsh folklore.
10.30am-4.00pm Tuesday September 4
This 18th century redbrick classical Georgian country house (Grade II*) is set in parkland, with extensive outbuildings that have been converted to a variety of uses, including offices, a pre-school, and accommodation.
10am-4pm Saturday September 8
A stark symbol of power, Chirk Castle was completed in 1310 during the reign of the conquering Edward I to subdue the last princes of Wales.
With over 700 years of history, and as the last castle from this period still lived in today, Chirk Castle’s many occupants have left behind lavish interiors and a beautiful and eclectic collection.
10am-5pm Saturday September 8
This atmospheric house, with a 485-hectare (1,200 acre) country park and formal walled garden, is widley acclaimed as one of Britains finest historic houses. Erddig is a fascinating yet unpretentious early 18th century country house reflecting the upstairs downstairs life of a gentry family over 250 years.
Bersham Colliery Engine House 10am-4pm Thursday September 30
Bersham Colliery No. 2 Engine House is a Grade 2 listed building with its winding engine intact. The engine house is undergoing some substantial maintenance work.
The site has the only remaining headgear left in North Wales, and is a legally protected scheduled ancient monument in the care of Wrexham Council.
How to get involved?
More more information and to find out about booking, visit the Cadw website.
Find out more about Wrexham Council’s Culture, Heritage & Museums service, visit the council website.
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