Explore an historic and pretty town amidst Denbighshire’s rolling hills
The small town of Llangollen in Denbighshire, north-east Wales, enjoys a picturesque location beside the River Dee, surrounded by rolling heather-clad hills which lead to the Berwyn Mountains beyond. These naturally beautiful surroundings ensure Llangollen's popularity with walkers, climbers and adventure sports enthusiasts but this charming town also boasts many sites of historic interest.
Llangollen began as a religious community (a 'llan') founded in the seventh century by Saint Collen. In the thirteenth century a castle was built atop Dinas Brân, a high hill overlooking Llangollen which was also the site of a fort in the Iron Age. Today, the ruined walls and arches of the medieval castle can be reached via a track which ascends the hill. From the top, panoramic views of Denbighshire's countryside are attained.
One of Llangollen's greatest historic treasures, however, is its canal and particularly the stunning Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, engineered by Thomas Telford. Grade I listed and a UNESCO World Heritage site, this magnificent structure stands 125 feet high and carries the Llangollen Canal over the River Dee. Crossing the aqueduct by narrow boat or on foot is an experience that no visitor should miss.
Llangollen itself, meanwhile, is delightful to explore on foot and offers gift and antique shops, fine bars and restaurants and a selection of attractions including a motor museum, canal boat trips and a Victorian promenade.