ABTA logoATOL logo

01904 734 939

Open 7 Days A Week

Visit Llangollen

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.

We’ve found 2 tours for you matching: Visit Llangollen

Railways of Wales

Explore the rugged mountains and winding waterways of North Wales. Enjoy picturesque journeys aboard historic steam trains and admire delightful towns and ancient history on this Welsh adventure.

… see more
2019MarAprMayJunJulAugSepOct

6 days from £525 pp

View tour details >

Christmas in Wales

Enjoy a delightful Christmas escape in beautiful Wales. Discover the panorama of the countryside on three fantastic rail journeys, and greet the festive season in style.

… see more

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.

Plas Newydd

This magnificent half-timbered house set in landscaped gardens, belonged to Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby who moved in during the eighteenth century and set about transforming what was a humble cottage into a Gothic masterpiece. Today Plas Newydd is a museum which recounts the fascinating story of these two friends who famously became known as 'the Ladies of Llangollen'.

Valle Crucis Abbey

The last Cistercian monastery to be built in Wales, the ruined Valle Crucis Abbey is a two-mile walk north of Llangollen. Dating from 1201, the abbey was built upon the site of an earlier wooden church and housed round a hundred monks. Although it fell into disrepair following the dissolution of the monasteries by King Henry VIII in 1537, Valle Crucis Abbey remains substantially intact and is a fascinating and impressive site to explore.

Llangollen Bridge

Llangollen's historic stone bridge dates from 1345, and was intended to provide a permanent replacement for earlier wooden structures that were frequently washed away by the raging River Dee. Extensively rebuilt in 1656 at a cost of £250 (a fortune by today's standards), this iconic bridge was doubled in width in the late eighteenth century.

Our Customers Love Our Llangollen Tours
Powered by
Lastest articles from our journey blog
Five of Britain’s best steam train journeys

Five of Britain’s best steam train journeys

By
31 December 2015

Evocative of a bygone age the famous British steam train journey has been a popular day out for many British travellers for decades. Now many heritage railways exist solely for tourism purposes after the infamous Beeching Cuts of 1963. We have a look at 5 of the most scenic.

Read more
Tasty Autumn recipes from around the world

Tasty Autumn recipes from around the world

By
8 October 2018

We’ve collated some of the most appetising and appealing recipes to really help you make the most of Autumn and to get you inspired to cook up a storm for family, friends, or perhaps just your own indulgent moment.

Read more
View Shortlist 0