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Things to do in Llangollen

Things to do in Llangollen

Once an important stop for travellers heading to and from London on the A5, Llangollen, situated on the banks of the River Dee is today a lively town with a range of places to visit, stay, eat and shop.

It lies clasped tightly in the narrow Dee Valley, between the Berin and Eglwysbach mountains. Along the valley’s floor, the waters of the River Dee cut a wide arc around the base of Castell Dinas Bran, a conical tor surmounted by the evocative ruins of a native Welsh castle, built in the 1230s, above the town of Llangollen.  Believed to have been built in the 1260s on the site of an Iron Age hillfort. Translate as ‘crow’s fortress’ the castle would have provided a far reaching view over Llangollen.

The Dee licks the angled buttresses of Llangollen’s weighty Gothic bridge, which has spanned the River since fourteenth century. The bridge that stands today dates from the 16th century. The bridge was originally built for pack horses and has been widened on a number of occasions to accommodate the road traffic. 

The Church of St Collen was founded in the 6th century and has Medieval hammer beam roofs, from one of the finest roofs in Wales. The church dates back to the 13th Century however much of what stands today was part of the renovation in 1864. The Ladies of Llangollen memorial can also be found in the church grounds. 
 

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  1. Llangollen Motor Museum

    Llangollen

    Motor Museum displaying cars and motorcycles from the 1920s to the 1970s, also large range of spares for collectors' vehicles and collections of models and automobilia. Motoring reference library, plus a small canal exhibition.

  2. Vale of Llangollen Golf Club

    LLANGOLLEN, Llangollen

    A beautiful Championship golf course of the highest quality set in the Dee valley framed by the glorious Welsh Hills.

  3. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

    LLANGOLLEN

    Designed and built by Thomas Telford and Williams Jessop, Pontcysyllte means 'the bridge that connects' and is 'the jewel in the crown' of our World Heritage Site, a magnet for those who want to experience one of the most remarkable achievements of the industrial revolution.

  4. Plas Newydd

    LLANGOLLEN

    Plas Newydd was home to the Ladies of Llangollen from 1780 - 1829. The house retains the gothic features they introduced and is set in peaceful gardens surrounded by trees and includes the font from the nearby Valle Crucis Abbey.

  5. The Dee Bridge

    LLANGOLLEN

    The Dee licks the angled buttresses of Llangollen’s weighty Gothic bridge, which has spanned the River since fourteenth century. The bridge that stands today dates from the 16th century. The bridge was originally built for pack horses and has been widened on a number of occasions to accommodate the…

  6. Castell Dinas Bran

    LLANGOLLEN

    Along the valley’s floor, the waters of the River Dee cut a wide arc around the base of Castell Dinas Bran, a conical tor surmounted by the evocative ruins of a native Welsh castle, built in the 1230s, above the town of Llangollen. Believed to have been built in the 1260s on the site of an Iron Age…

  7. St Collen's Church

    LLANGOLLEN

    The Church of St Collen was founded in the 6th century and has Medieval hammer beam roofs, from one of the finest roofs in Wales. The church dates back to the 13th Century however much of what stands today was part of the renovation in 1864. The Ladies of Llangollen memorial can also be found in…

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Llangollen Railway Plc (52.97107,-3.17055)Vale of Llangollen Golf Club (52.96781,-3.13621)2.1
Vale of Llangollen Golf Club (52.96781,-3.13621)Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (52.97166,-3.08752)2.96
Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (52.97166,-3.08752)Plas Newydd (52.96623,-3.16499)4.71
Plas Newydd (52.96623,-3.16499)Castell Dinas Bran (52.97917,-3.15929)1.34
Total Distance *11.11 miles
Estimated Journey Time21 minutes

* Approximate distance by road

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