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
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.