A CHIRK tourist attraction has been included on a new map to encourage visitors to attractions around the Wrexham area.

The new interactive tourism map - The Wales Way – has recently been launched to promote tourism routes around the north-east Wales region, and features Chirk Castle as one of its attractions.

It features as part of the science and heritage route and is a real tribute to all that is on offer in and around Wrexham and gives a fabulous insight into the past and future.

The Wales Way is a family of three national routes – The Coastal Way, The Cambrian Way and The North Wales Way – that lead you along the coast, through castle country, and across our mountainous heartland.

Users of the map will be encouraged to stop at the castle, as well as the nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and places nearer to Wrexham including Bersham Ironworks, Erddig and Tŷ Pawb.

The route is part of a wider tourism campaign launched by the North Wales Local Authorities, who -together with funding from Visit Wales and the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund (RTEF) – put efforts in to boosting tourism figures during the winter months.

Councillor Terry Evans, Wrexham County Borough Councillor for Chirk South and lead member for economic development and regeneration, said: “The route through Wrexham is truly educational and inspiring.

“As a tourism area we have sites of an exceptional standard, rich in heritage and of course surrounded by natural areas of beauty that make this area definitely one to visit.

"Those working in the tourism industry have welcomed the initiative and I’m sure they’re ready to welcome new visitors to the area.”

Shane Logan, Manager at Chirk Castle said: “Here at the castle, we’re thrilled to be a part of the North East Circular route, which includes a wealth of significant and beautiful sites.

“We are particularly pleased to be working even more closely with the local councils and other businesses and organisations on the route, and are looking forward to welcoming and introducing new visitors to the estate.”

Maps are available to download from www.northeastwales.wales/the-north-wales-way/