Originally formed round a motte and bailey castle in the 12th century, Wrexham grew up around a traditional, agricultural industry. Famed for its leather industry in the 18th century, the industrial revolution brought iron works to the area, resulting in Wrexham becoming the largest settlement in North Wales.
These days Wrexham is a major centre for high-tech manufacturing and technology and is home to the second largest industrial park in the UK. Companies such as Sharp, Brother and Kelloggs have major operations here.
Culturally, Wrexham has a lot to offer, with a number of theatres, an arts centre and a number of music venues, including the well known Central Station. Every March the town plays host to the Wrexham Science Festival with over 9000 people visiting the town over the event.
If shopping is your thing, Eagles Meadow was opened in 2008 and offers all of the major stores as well as restaurants, a cinema and ten pin bowling. The town centre also has a large retail area including at Henblas Square and Island Green.
For sport lovers, Wrexham F.C. and Crusaders Rugby League share the Racecourse Ground, recognised by Guinness World Records as the World's Oldest International Football Stadium. There are also local basketball, speedway and hockey teams, along with a number of leisure centres for local people to get involved in sport.