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Llangollen is in Denbighshire in Wales.

Get in[edit]

The best way to arrive in Llangollen is by car or bus. The A5 (from London to Holyhead) runs through the town. It's worth noting that on busy weekends the car parks within the town centre quickly fill (both short and long term), and the narrow streets slow to a crawl, so during these times it's advisable to take this into account.

Public transport is available and there is also a bus service from Oswestry, about 15 miles away and Wrexham, about 10 miles away. By train you can reach either Chirk, or Ruabon, from there check for local buses to complete the journey into Llangollen.

Get around[edit]

Llangollen is a small town and all the tourist attractions can be reached on foot. The town centre basically consists of one main street running between the A5 and A539, most of the other roads lead off this. There is cheap car-parking in the town-centre, just off the main street, but note that on busy weekends and holidays, it fills quickly.


  • 1 Plas Newydd, LL20 8AW, +44 1978 862834. a half-timbered black and white house in extensive grounds. This was once the home of the 'Ladies of Llangollen' from 1780 to 1831 and their tomb can be found in the grounds of St Collen's Church in Llangollen (which you will see on your right as you enter via the A5). The inside has many intricate carvings many brought by visitors (including the Duke of Wellington) to the ladies - Miss Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler. The two women are amongst the most celebrated of the town's former residents and originally arrived after eloping from their families in Ireland. The exact nature of their relationship is ambiguous, however they formed a lifelong partnership until they died within two years of each other in 1829 and 1831. Plas Newydd, Llangollen on Wikipedia Plas Newydd (Q7201722) on Wikidata
  • 2 Pontcysyllte aqueduct. As you approach the town by either road from the east you will see the Pontcysyllte aqueduct carrying the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee, it is 126 feet high and a 1007 feet long. The aqueduct is an impressive sight, with 19 arches each of 45 feet and holds 1.5 millions litres of water. Construction was started in 1795 by Thomas Telford and it was completed in 1805. Built from local stone the aqueduct is the largest anywhere in Britain. The name Pontcysyllte is Welsh for 'bridge that connects', and is pronounced "pont-cuh-SUTH-(l)tee". You can take a walk across the aqueduct or traverse it on a boat. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct on Wikipedia Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Q158822) on Wikidata
  • 3 Castell Dinas Brân. ruined castle, overlooking the town from a nearby mountain top. It is an open site (i.e. no admission charge), and the view is worth the long walk/climb. Just beyond the town centre and on the far side of the canal, is the beginning of the walking path leading up, perpendicular to the canal. You will find this directly over the canal bridge and the initial part of the footpath runs alongside the school of the same name. Dinas Bran was constructed in or around 1260 AD and is on a site that is believed to have previously held a wooden hillfort. The site was barely occupied for twenty years before falling into disuse. Castell Dinas Brân on Wikipedia Castell Dinas Bran (Q1226281) on Wikidata
  • St Collen's church. was founded by St Collen in the 6th century and the name 'Llangollen' (meaning 'church of Collen') was derived from this early inhabitant. The site has been developed since then from what would initially have been a simple stone cell. Amongst the main features of the church are its' stained glass windows and its' 15th century carved roof. It is claimed by some that the timbers for this roof came originally from nearby Valle Crucis Abbey.
  • 4 Valle Crucis Abbey, Llantysilio. A ruined abbey offering tours. There is a nearby caravan park. Valle Crucis Abbey on Wikipedia Valle Crucis Abbey (Q2509240) on Wikidata
  • 5 Llangollen Motor Museum, Pentre Felin, +44 1978 860 324. small car museum Llangollen Motor Museum on Wikipedia Llangollen Motor Museum (Q6661487) on Wikidata


  • 1 Llangollen Steam Railway, Abbey Road, LL20 8SN, +44 1978 860979, e-mail: . departs from the station in the town. You can enjoy a 3-course meal on the train or just go for the ride. Llangollen Railway on Wikipedia Llangollen Railway (Q10967059) on Wikidata
  • Horse-drawn canal boats. available 50 meters from the town centre at weekends and during the summer. Make sure you sit on the right side of the boat and then you'll be able to look over the side and down a 100ft drop as you pass over the Pontcysyllte aqueduct!
  • Canoeing. The fast flowing and rocky River Dee is popular with canoeists. You can bring your own canoe or use one of the many companies in the area to hire one or get tuition.
  • 2 ProAdventure, The Fringe Shed, Parade Street, LL20 8RT, +44 1978 861912, e-mail: . ProAdventure offers adventure holidays, skills training and qualifications in canoeing, white-water rafting, kayaking, climbing, gorge walking, bushcraft and survival skills, and archery and axe throwing.
  • 3 Safe & Sound Outdoors, Chapel Street, LL20 8NW, +44 1978 860471. Safe and Sound Outdoors run activities both on a day basis and also multiple days, including: hen and stag activities, white water rafting, canoeing, kayaking, gorge walking, paintball, mountain biking, high ropes, bushcraft, and first aid.


  • International Eisteddfod: 3–8 July 2018. Every year since 1947 Llangollen has hosted the International Eisteddfod where people from all over the world take part in musical and dancing competitions. This is one of Llangollen's biggest tourist attractions bringing up to 50,000 visitors to the small town each year. It has also hosted an array of world famous performers. Traditionally the Eisteddfod takes place in early July running from Tuesday till Sunday. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod on Wikipedia Q10536244 on Wikidata


The town has the usual selection of gift shops that you'd expect to find in Wales.


The town has a wide selection of restaurant types, including Indian, Italian and Chinese.

  • 1 The Gallery, 15 Chapel Street, LL20 8NN, +44 1978 860076. The oak beamed Gallery Restaurant opened in 2002 and remains very much a family owned and family run business. The Gallery is situated at first floor level and caters for up to 40 visitors. Booking is recommended, especially during peak season. £10-25.
  • 2 The Cornmill, Dee Lane, LL20 8PN, +44 1978 869555, e-mail: . The Cornmill is a pub/restaurant situated in an old mill on the river Dee in Llangollen, overlooking the Llangollen Railway. Food is served from 12 noon to 9:30pm Monday to Saturday and to 9pm on Sundays. Booking is recommended, especially during peak season. £10+.
  • Gales Wine Bar, 18 Bridge Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8PF, +44 1978 860089, fax: +44 1978 861313, e-mail: . Family run wine bar and restaurant, in the premises of the one time Lion Inn.


Most of the pubs are worth a visit. The Bridge End Hotel is popular with decent food and drinks offers.

  • 1 The Cornmill, Dee Lane, LL20 8PN, +44 1978 869555, e-mail: . The Cornmill is a pub/restaurant situated in an old mill on the river Dee in Llangollen, overlooking the Llangollen Railway. It is open from 12 noon to 11:00pm Monday to Saturday and to 10:30pm on Sundays.
  • 2 The Ponsonby Arms ('The Pon'), Mill Street, LL20 8RY (On road towards Wrexham towards new Health Centre), +44 1978 447985. Serving large selection of real ales.


There are a number of Bed & Breakfasts in the town.

  • 1 Geufron Hall B&B, Geufron Hall, LL20 8DY (Please see website for directions), +44 1978 860676, e-mail: . Geufron Hall is a five-star contemporary country house B&B situated high above Llangollen, nestling in the shadow of Castell Dinas Bran. There are four ensuite bedrooms offering free internet access, a sitting room, dining room and the use of the paved terraces and access to the extensive gardens. Geufron Hall has been featured in Tatler, Country Living, The Week, and many other regional and national magazines and newspapers. £50-130.
  • The Wynnstay, Bridge street, +44 1978 860710. Bed & Breakfast
  • 2 Royal Hotels, 7 Bridge St., +44 1978 860202.
  • 3 Bridge End Hotel, Mill St., +44 1978 860634.
  • 4 Chainbridge Hotel, Berwyn Rd., +44 1978 860215. just outside the town are more up-market.
  • 5 Wild Pheasant Hotel, Berwyn Road, +44 1978 860629. just outside the town are more up-market.
  • 6 Bryn Meirion B&B (Gwely a Brecwast Bryn Meirion), Abbey Road, +44 1978 861911. Large Edwardian house overlooking the canal. Self catering and B & B. £50 to £350.
  • 7 Tan-Y-Ddol - Self-catering, Tan Y Ddol, +44 1206 855244, e-mail: . Awarded best B&B in Britain by Period Living Magazine

Go next[edit]

Carry on westwards along the A539 and you will end up going through the scenic Horseshoe Pass and the at the peak The Ponderosa Cafe Complex, though avoid this if you don't like heights! Stop off on your journey towards 'The Pass' and you will find Valle Crucus Abbey on your right, as well as nearby 'Elliseg's Pillar'.

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