Llangollen Travel Guide

  • Llangollen
    by balhannah
  • Llangollen
    by balhannah
  • Llangollen
    by balhannah

Llangollen Things to Do


    The address of this Aqueduct is Llangollen, so you may think it is in the Town, which it isn't, it is about 5miles from Town. You have to turn off the A5, and then into Gate road. We followed this road to a small Village where Tourist long boat's departed from at the start of the Aqueduct. Many were here refuelling and buying stock's.It was 1795,...


    On my walk around Llangollen, I must say I was very surprised to see a Taxidermist, I really thought this was a dying art.We had a friend who was a taxidermist, and I loved his work, so I had to have a look in the window, and there were my favourtie Bird's, "owl's", wonderfully done, looking they could take flight at any time.There were other...


    Llangollen, and it is not a big town, so park the car and walk.Located in the town, is a large park N' Pay car park, this is where we parked. Just across the road was a good souvenir shop with some lovely welsh ladies running it, this was where I bought my souvenir's. They may have been a bit cheaper too!Castle street was a lot busier, and there...


    The Royal Hotel sits on the banks of the River Dee in the heart of Llangollen and is one of the landmarks of this stunning Welsh town.It is an attractive Hotel which has had the pleasure of entertaining a young Queen Victoria and her mother, the Duchess of Kent


    The Dee Bridge is quite famous, as it is "One of the 7 wonder's of Wales.'A nice old bridge, that was built by Bishop Trevor in I345, it has cut out's along the way where I could safely stand and admire the River view. It has been widened in modern time's, but I don't think this ancient monument has lost any appeal.Cross the bridge, enjoy the view,...


    The River Dee is the pretty river that runs through Llangollen. I was able to walk quite a way along the River edge, and get some really good view's of the rapid's and the smooth boulder's under the clear rushing water.Some Restaurant's had an outdoor area with table's and chair's set up which would have been very nice if it was meal time. It was...

  • Song,Dance and Music!!

    Every July, an event that attracts people from all over the world happens in Llangollen.It is the Llangollen Internation Musical Eisteddfod. The little town swells with all the visitors. For more information see their website.

  • Eating and drinking in Llangollen

    Even though our last visit was little more than a long pit stop,we did get some hot food and drinks. I scuttled up the main streetand found a 'chippy' (Fish and chips shop) and was not dissapointedby the great service, reasonable price and smashing grub.My sister had some pub food and my bro-in-law brought mesome piping cot coffee for the...

  • Canal

    Llangollen was for a long time a busy transport hub with the bridge over the River Dee being the only crossing of the river for miles around. The town became more prominent after the building of the canal by Thomas Telford in the early 1800s who was also responsible for the building of London to Holyhead road that runs through the town. The canal...

  • Valle Crucis Abbey

    About 2 miles from the centre of Llangollen heading towards the Horseshoe Pass is the ruined 13th century Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis. The abbey is actually best viewed from the main road above as you get a great panoramic view but there is no where to park and the verges are not wide. The chapter house is still intact and some of the...

  • Walk the town centre

    Llangollen is a lovely peaceful town. With the steam railway, river, bridge and shops all placed in a way that looks like a picture book! The pubs have outside beers gardens looking onto the running river. The shops are all small locally owned shops, with the only major brand shop i saw being a Spar, which was a nice change. Brilliant bakery too,...

  • Llangollen Viaduct

    Id never seen one of these up close before. The bridge which is only for canals & pedestrians! So high up, there are lovley views from both sides. I believe you can go on canal rides across too.


Llangollen Hotels

  • The West Arms Hotel

    Llanarmon DC, Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, Llanarmon DC, Denbighshire, LL20 7LD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • White Waters Country Hotel

    Berwyn Road, Llangollen, LL20 8BS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Families

  • Gales Of Llangollen

    18 Bridge Street, Llangollen, LL20 8PF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

Llangollen Restaurants

  • Meal with a view

    This is a lovely old renovated pub in possibly the best location a pub could possibly be in Llangollen close to the bridge on the edge of the river Dee. It has got an actual moving water mill located in the pub. The Corn Mill could possibly described as a Gastro-pub, but not much choice for veggies.

  • Cwpaned o te?

    My Mum's favourite place for a cuppa in Llangollen is this tea room by the side of the canal. Tea and bara brith

  • Never again

    We booked a table here and I was looking forward to a nice Ruby Murray but was very disappointed to say the least. The place was pretty busy but I'm not sure why as the food that we were served with was bland to say the least. The dish that I had was supposed to be medium - hot but was more like a stew with no spice at all. Worst of all there was...

  • Good take-away rolls........

    ..........or baps, or cobs or whatever you want to call them. Soft floury bread rolls, filled with whatever takes your fancy, including rather good hot roast pork/apple sauce or roast beef/horseradish etc etc. Seemed to be popular with the locals too, which is always a good sign, and not over-priced.

  • Look at the views!

    We didnt actually eat here...but we did sit outside and have a beer....Look at the beautiful scenery...and in the background is the noise of the steam trains leaving the railway station...what a way to spend an hour or two.

  • View of the River Dee

    We had lunch ($53.67 total bill for 4) at a little place over looking the river called the River View Bistro. The waitress had to run up and down the stairs, as the kitchen was on a lower level. Welsh Rarebit with a poached egg on top.


Llangollen Transportation

  • The Llangollen Railway

    The Lllangolen Railway is a preserved railway running from a picturesque station next to the River Dee in the town to Carrog seven miles away.The train follows the river for most of the journey and the line climbs steadily for the whole journey along the Dee Valley.This is an interesting line and the ride is very scenic. Manned by volunteers they...

  • Chronology for Vale of Llangollen...

    Chronology for Vale of Llangollen Railway 1/ 8/ 1859 Vale of Llangollen Railway Act passed. Engineer: Henry Robertson.1/ 12/ 1861 Vale of Llangollen Railway Line opened to freight.2/ 6/ 1862 Vale of Llangollen Railway Line opened to passengers.8/ 5/ 1865 Vale of Llangollen Railway Llangollen (Old) closed on replacement with a new station on the...

  • The Llangollen Railway

    The Llangollen Railway or in Welsh (Rheilffordd Llangollen) is a volunteer-run preserved railway in Denbighshire, Wales, which operates between Llangollen and Carrog; at 7.5 miles (12.1 km) long, it is easily the longest preserved standard gauge line in Wales.Work is in the early stages of being carried out on 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of extension from...


Llangollen Shopping

  • The best bookshop in North Wales

    I can spend hours in this shop, I usually have to rush back to my car when I realise that the 3 hours are up in the carpark and I'm flapping in case I get a ticket!

  • Welsh Love Spoons

    I don't remember the name of the shop, but it was on the main street. It's probably somewhere in the picture. Welsh Love Spoons are a local product. The different carvings have different meanings and you can also buy a pamphlet which tells you what the different symbols mean. When we went back to the carpark in Llangollen (photo 2), I went in to...

  • Llangollen Hotels

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Llangollen Local Customs

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    by budapest8 Updated Nov 22, 2010

    At the eastern entrance it as no man of myth who constructed the spectacular
    Pontcysllte Aqueduct! The famous engineer Thomas Telford took ten years to
    construct this masterpiece of canal engineering,
    carrying the Llangollen Canal 126ft above the Dee Valley floor.

    Just a short drive out of the city, I remember the last trip
    I made with my father last year through the town.
    Sadly he died almost a year later, almost a year to
    the day we made our last visit to see him in North Wales
    The structure and canal is now a World Heritage site and
    any visitor walking, or floating, along its 1,007ft length wouldn't disagree at all!!

    Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which forms a key part of the Llangollen Canal,
    stands majestically at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass, three miles east of
    Llangollen, crossing over the River Dee at the dizzy height of 126 feet.

    At over 1000 feet long, Pontcysyllte is the longest and highest cast-iron
    aqueduct in the world. Treasured by British Waterways,
    it is today a protected Grade I listed building, a Welsh National Monument
    and is one of the seven wonders of the British Inland Waterways System.
    It is of course still used for its original purpose, being crossed by more
    than a thousand canal boats a year.

    longest & highest cast-iron aqueduct in the world
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    • Historical Travel
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Llangollen Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't jump off the bridge!

    Don't be tempted to join these mad fools who jump off the bridge every summer - it's highly dangerous!

  • Photos of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

    It is quite difficult to get a good picture of the aqueduct. If you get the whole thing in the picture, it is too far away to be impressive. If you stand below and look up, you can't see the boats or the water in the aqueduct. You can't really get any perspective if you are on it (as in this picture), and all pictures of the ground underneath do...

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Llangollen Off The Beaten Path

  • 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...

  • The Horseshoe Pass

    I have been through this pass many timesand it offers some great views which are typical forNorth Wales.The A542 road to the Horseshoe Pass offers some of the most spectacular views in Wales as it climbs from Llangollen around a wide valley to form the shape of its name.An annual stage in the now defunct Tour of Britain cycle race, the steady...

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

    One of my main goals in coming to Wales was to see this aqueduct which is one of the most spectacular in Britain. The canal is fed from the River Dee and the Dee runs under the aqueduct. The famous engineer, Thomas Telford, built Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1795. It is a protected Grade I listed building, a Welsh National Monument and is one of the...


Llangollen Favorites

  • The river Dee.

    Llangollen is situated upon the river Dee, itself worthy of a photograph from the river bridge. By looking at this picture you can see how close the railway station is to the river. Even the footbridge over the train tracks to get from one platform tp another has had to 'borrow' space from above the river!

  • Canal Path

    Past the aqueduct the canal widens again and its a lovely walk along the canal banks with the colourful boats and reflections ;-).

  • Thomas Telford's Aqueduct

    The aqueduct was built by Thomas Telford 1795-1805. The canal runs through an iron trough 1007 foot long and 11 foot 10 inches wide. Its only 5 foot 3 inches deep too.The largest in Britain the iron was supplied by William Hazeldine from his founderies at Shrewsbury - it cost £47,000


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