Although built around 1570, The West Arms has only formally been an Inn since 1670. For the first 100 years, it was formerly a Drovers' Inn where cattle drovers coming down from the Welsh hills, by way of three tracks (now passable roads) converged on The West Arms to refresh themselves and their livestock, before continuing their journeys to market. Attractive bedrooms have replaced old cattle stalls, but nothing is likely to take away the original 16th-century charm.
Nearby Points of Interest
- Chirk Castle (11 mi)
- Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants' hall and historic laundry and award-winning gardens. Chirk Castle is still owned by the Middleton family but operated by National Trust.
- Erdigg Hall (20 mi)
- Described as 'the jewel in the crown of Welsh country houses', Erddig is a fascinating yet unpretentious early 18th-century country house which reflects a gentry family's 250 years of upstairs-downstairs life. Erdigg is approximately a 35 minute drive from The West Arms, close to Wrexham town centre, which is a working town, which offers a nice little shopping centre called Eagles Meadow.
- Pistyll Rhaeadr Waterfall (9 mi)
- Pistyll Rhaeadr is an enchanting waterfall in the Berwyn Mountains, just inside Wales, west of Oswestry and Shrewsbury. At 240ft (80m) high, it is the UK's tallest single drop waterfall and one of the Seven Wonders of Wales. It is approximately a 20 minute drive from The West Arms along a beautiful scenic route, with a delightful cafe at the site to refresh yourself once you arrive.
- Chirk Aqueduct (11 mi)
- The canal is fed from the River Dee at the Horseshoe Falls just out of Llangollen. You can walk through Darkie Tunnel but it is some 1200 feet in length, so a flashlight is recommended. It is one of two tunnels at Chirk, the other is the shorter Whitehurst Tunnel.
- CEIRIOG COUNTRY HOLIDAYS (0 mi)
- Ceiriog Country Holidays offer a range of 2-3 hour or Half day or full day tours of different destinations close by or further away (example Snowdonia) - with collection of guests available from The West Arms - and with invaluable information given by local Welsh guides. Follow the link for more information
- Pony Trekking (8 mi)
- The riding stables are situated just 6 miles from Oswestry and Llangollen, on the Wales/England border, and are also situated on the crossroads of the Ceiriog Trail, giving instant access to the best riding country available.
Pony Trekking is also available at the same place as Quad Biking, which is closer to The West Arms.
- Quad Biking (2 mi)
- This centre provides off-road guided quad biking trails for up to 3 people across North Wales using the latest road legal quad bikes. You are guided for a full day’s trail ride along off-road tracks, green lanes and by-ways over mountains, Starting and finishing at The West Arms Hotel. Prior arrangement only. Pony trekking is also on offer here. Telephone 01691 718686
- Pandy Mill Gallery (4 mi)
- The Gallery is owned by glass artist Jan with her husband Richard Singleton. Jan and Richard moved to Pandy in the summer of 2005. Since moving they have opened a fantastic glass art gallery, every piece is unique. Situated only a 10 minute drive from The West Arms, the Gallery is well worth a visit. Pandy Mill Gallery is closed until June 2013.
- Llangollen Golf Club (12 mi)
- Llangollen Golf Club's 18 hole course is located within 200 acres of rolling Welsh countryside. The course has been carefully designed and maintained to provide a firm but fair golfing challenge. For further details and bookings please contact the Club on 01978 860906
- Henlle Park Golf Club (13.6 mi)
- Henlle Park Golf Club is situated on the A5 between Chirk and Oswestry. This is a Premier Parkland course. Undulating, and just over 6000 yards long it comprises five Par 3s and three Par 5s, with a selection of medium Par 4s. Two loops of 9 holes return to the Clubhouse and Car Park. Immensely enjoyable to play, the undulating land and trees provide varied and interesting holes. This is accompanied by superb views over the course and surrounding countryside. Telephone : 01691 670680
- Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod (9 mi)
- The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod is a world-renowned festival of music, song and dance. Competitors from more than fifty countries come together for one week always at the beginning of July every year to stand side by side through music, while each evening the Pavilion plays hosts to concerts by world-class artists.
- Chemist (6 mi)
- There is a small chemist in Glyn Ceiriog approximately 10 minutes drive from the hotel.
- Spar Shop (6 mi)
- The Spar is located in Glyn Ceiriog on the roundabout in the Village Centre.
- Craft and Retail Centre (20 mi)
- Adjoining The Plassey Touring Caravan Park is The Plassey Craft & Retail Centre, with many handmade crafts and boutiques, all located in beautifully converted Edwardian farm buildings.
Follow the B4500 from Chirk, in Glyn Ceiriog at the roundabout follow the sign for Llanarmon DC. On arriving in Llanarmon DC you will go over a small river bridge and you will see The West Arms hotel on the right. The car park is located at the rear of the hotel.
Chester (Manchester)(32.0mi, 51.5km)
Follow M56 signs Chester/North Wales
Get onto M53 then A55 following signs for Wrexham A483.
Get onto A483 following signs for Wrexham, then Oswestry A5. First roundabout take right exit for Chirk y Waun.
Go into Chirk, past Kronospan on right, then Hand Hotel on left. Take right turn after Hand 100yds, before going down sweeping bend, signposted Glyn Ceiriog/Ceiriog Valley and Llanarmon DC.
Keep on this road for approx 11 miles, following signs for Llanarmon DC. Pass through the villages