Welcome to Wrexham: The Turf pub closes due to fire

Queue outside the Turf pub, Wrexham
Landlord Wayne Jones says he found the pub damaged on Friday morning

The pub featured in the hit series Welcome to Wrexham has been closed after a fire.

Wayne Jones, landlord of The Turf, said it would be shut until further notice after a fire broke out in the boiler room.

The extent of the damage to the pub outside Wrexham AFC's the Racecourse Ground is not yet known, but no-one is believed to have been hurt.

Wrexham face Gillingham at home in League Two fixture on Saturday.

Mr Jones said the pub's marquee was also broken into during the night, with equipment damaged.

"We've sadly had a fire in our boiler room," Mr Jones said on Facebook and X, formerly known as Twitter.

"Everybody is safe but the damage caused means we will remain shut until further notice."

What is The Turf?

The Turf has attracted global visitors since featuring on the Disney+ documentary series Welcome to Wrexham.

The show, currently in its second season, has tracked the fortunes of the club since its takeover by film star Ryan Reynolds and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and actor Rob McElhenney.

Paul Rudd raising a pint glass in the Turf pub in Wrexham before Wrexham FC's game against Boreham Wood
Paul Rudd shared a pint with Wrexham fans ahead of the team's promotion-sealing win over Boreham Wood in April

Along with several visits from the club's owners, fellow Hollywood stars Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell have also been pictured having pints in the pub on match days.

The football club itself, the third oldest professional club in the world, was founded in The Turf in 1864 by cricketers who wanted something to do during the winter months.

The only other time the pub has been forced to shut its doors in the past 15 years was after being "drunk dry" by Wrexham fans in April when they sealed promotion back to the Football League.