Hot Air Balloon Festival
We came for the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Check the website for dates of the next one & the venue. There were exhibitions & craft stalls, some free stuff, plenty of food stalls (but is cheaper & a better variety if you just eat in town, outisde the venue) there were miniture hot air balloons, proper big hot air balloons taking off, motorbike stunts and more! It wouldve been a bit better if there was more seating, instead of just the muddy grass (we were tired from previous days activities) and ended up going home early. Parking was a little difficult when we arrived, so if you can get there early to avoid the traffic, or just walk in!
Valle Crucis Abbey.
Dates from the 13th century and shows the sheer scale of buildings in the 14th century. It was largely destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII. Many original features remain, including the glorious west front complete with an elaborate, richly carved doorway, beautiful rose window and 14th century inscription 'Abbot Adams carried out this work; may he rest in peace. Amen'.
THE LAND OF SONG
" Llangollen "
The town is probably now most famous for the annual international eisteddfod held every July here since 1947 the main events at the eisteddfod are held at the purpose built royal international pavilion situated on the A542 Abbey rd.
Any weekend in the summer is a nightmare to park your car when crowds of day trippers throng the town’s streets. During the eisteddfod though the streets are a lot busier but instead of the streets being choka with day trippers from the English midlands the streets are full of the colourful robes and turbans of the competitors in various events in the eisteddfod.
There is something about this place....
"Llangollen is special!"
Llangollen is the UK Americans imagine when they dream about life in the UK. It's small, quaint, beautiful, lush. The 2006 trip marked our second trip to this little Welsh community. On our first trip, our travelers got the giggles in the Hand Hotel dining room; we laughed until tears rolled down our happy faces. That time, we just assumed it was our first relaxing stop after a shaky start--an airline strike that meant an extra long bus ride, an extra ferry ride, a skimpy dinner on our night of arrival in Dublin, etc. On that trip, we just figured it was in Llangollen that we all finally let our guard down. But, this trip, the place had the same effect! We were all happy, laughing, enjoying this magical place. On Thursday night, there's a little pub with the best New Orleans jazz we've heard! No cover; the band passes the hat at the end of the evening. You can walk in anywhere and make new friends; the people are friendly and kind and helpful--quick to buy you a pint at the local establishments. At the end of the trip, everyone said, "I wish we could stay here!"