Surrounding Area

Visitors wishing to explore the areas around Bangor-on-Dee will find a variety of options, be it the stunning scenery of North Wales, historic Cities, the pleasant charm of the border villages or a more event filled day at races, be they mechanical or animal.

More information for all of these can be found on the useful links page.


Bangor-on-Dee is a small village on the Welsh border which  is set in glorious countryside. The village is located in a natural hollow, along-side the River Dee. It is sheltered against the winds from all directions, to the North is the plateau on which the town of Wrexham is situated, to the south the landscape rises up to the village of Overton-on-Dee. Winds from the West are moderated by the presence of the Berwyn range of mountains, and from the East by the Bickerton hills.

The area has been inhabited since the dark areas. A monastery thrived here in the late 6th and early 7th centuries. In 607, monks from the surrounding areas gathered to pray for the Welsh in the ongoing battles against the English. In retaliation against this, the monks were slaughtered by Adelfrith of Northumberland as his armies marched on the Welsh.

Bangor-on-Dee, was recognised as a Rectory in 1300 A.D. and Bangor Church was dedicated in the name of St. Dunawd who was a distinguished Abbot of the ancient monastery. It was originally built with wattles from the marsh and in the course of time the wattle was replaced with timber, and it was many centuries later before a permanent building of stone was built.

BANGOR BRIDGE, dated about 1660, is a five-arched stone bridge believed to have been built by Inigo Jones, as it is of the same vintage as the bridge at Llanwtyst and Llangollen, which are both attributed to him.

As with most old market towns, Bangor-on-Dee grew around its bridge allowing traders from both sides of the Dee to sell their wares. Whilst the original use for the bridge has long gone, the charm surrounding the village remains.

For more information on Bangor-on-Dee see the useful links page.

Wrexham (5 miles)

The nearest major town to Bangor-on-Dee, with a shopping centre and sports facilities.

Chester (18 miles)

The historic City of Chester, with its own racecourse, city walls and famous 'Rows' (covered walkways at first floor level) lends itself to a varied day out. The city  has a large shopping centre. Open topped bus tours or river trips are available or you can walk the city walls or investigate the ancient buildings, including the Cathedral.

Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse

On race days, the village becomes very busy with race goers filling the roads to Bangor-on-Dee racecourse on the banks of the Dee, just outside the village after which it takes its name. A calendar of events can be found on the website accessed from the links page.

Oulton Park (26 miles)

If machines are your thing, Oulton Park in Cheshire has a busy calendar covering a variety of events ranging from classic cars, touring cars, formula 3 and bikes. Tuition days are available giving you the chance to try your hand.

Horse-Shoe Pass (15 miles)

Stunning scenery and a pleasant drive in fine weather. The pass is notorious for becoming impassible with snow in the winter months.

Llangollen (13 miles)

A fine town with much to see and do. Transport in the shape of canals and the railways meet in Llangollen and trips by horse drawn barge and steam driven train are available.

Bala (20 miles)

Another historic town on the banks of Wales largest lake (in Welsh, Llyn Tegid).