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Plas Newyd, Llangollen

Plas Newyd
This stunning 18th Century Gothic manor house was once home to Eleanor Butler and Miss Sarah Ponsonby, the Ladies of Llangollen; two women from vastly different backgrounds, who both felt trapped in their respective lives, before escaping together. The women would at times entertain more than twenty guests a day here from truly high class society. The house itself has been well maintained by the Urban Council since it took over in 1932, but the gardens are in need of some care.

website: go to Plas Newyd website

tel: 01978 862834

address: Hill St, Llangollen LL20 8AW

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Llangollen Railway, Llangollen

Llangollen Railway
For true railway enthusiasts, history aficionados or sightseers, the Llangollen Railway offers something for everyone. Built in 1345, it offers a ten mile stretch of rolling hills and mountains between Llangollen itself, and the lovely coastal town of Corwen. The route runs along the Dee and has been classified as a sight of special interest, passing through some of Walesí most beautiful countryside. Disabled access is excellent. Well behaved dogs are allowed. You are also able to pre-book seating but it is only available for parties of 10+.

website: go to Llangollen Railway website

tel: 01978 860979

address: Llangollen Railway, The Station, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL208SN

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Llangollen Motor Museum, Llangollen

Llangollen Motor Museum
An interesting and informative journey into the vehicular past, with more than sixty cars, including many your granddad used to drive. Classic motor bikes and cars fill this attractive building, providing an inexpensive way to enjoy learning about the heritage of the modern day motor vehicle, presented by an always enthusiastic and passionate owner. They are open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 9.30am to 5.00pm, with last admission at 4.30pm.

tel: 01978 860 324

address: Llangollen Motor Museum Pentre Felin Llangollen LL20 8EE

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Llangollen Canal and Horse Drawn Boats, Llangollen

Llangollen Canal and Horse Drawn Boats
Enjoy a stress free, relaxing journey down the beautiful Llangollen Canal. What better way to see the beautiful Welsh countryside than on a leisurely Canal boat or Horse Drawn Boat. The journey can include Chirk Aqueduct and tunnel, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and the Horseshoe Falls. Be one of the many people lucky enough to enjoy this trip over the past hundred years which can take 45 minutes, 2 hours, or longer via private charter. A Tea Room is open 7 days a week.

website: go to Llangollen Canal and Horse Drawn Boats website

tel: 01978 860702

address: Llangollen Wharf, Wharf Hill, Llangollen, Denbighshire LL20 8TA

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
This world heritage site is a wonderful blend of natural beauty and human endeavour, the structure being the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, sitting 30 meters above the Dee and 307 meters long. Completed in 1805 by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, this grade I listed structure still allows for single canal travel as well as a towpath for travelling on foot. With plenty of public houses along the way, this 11 mile stretch of countryside provides enjoyment for casual walkers, and hikers alike

tel: 01978 822912

address: Trevor Basin Visitor Centre Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Trevor Basin Off Station Road Trevor Wrexham LL20

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Horseshoe Falls, Llangollen

Horseshoe Falls
Horshoe falls is a rather striking Weir, built 3 years after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, by one of the aqueducts creators, Thomas Telford. Although dating from 1808 the world heritage site has been well maintained and the walkway is well surfaced. Care must however be taken due to the access being limited to a long flight of stairs or a steep, sometimes slippery field. Those with difficulties walking may struggle but can still access the walkway from the Motor Museum nearby.

address: Llangollen

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Ponderosa Cafe, Llangollen

Ponderosa Cafe
The horseshoe pass dates from 1811 and appeals to modern day motorcyclists and cyclists due its wonderful setting. Hikers too can enjoy a vast multitude of walks. To find it, simply follow the A542 road from Llandegla to Llangollen which runs through this pass in a horseshoe shape. At its highest point sits the Ponderosa Cafť and Complex. The cafe provides a range of tasty reasonably priced food, with both inside and outside seating, to take in the spectacular views, there is also a gift shop to browse afterwards.

address: A542 road from Llandegla to Llangollen

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Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen

Royal International Pavilion
With everything from the Wales International Hot Air Balloon Festival, to the Fairy Festival, The Wedding and Bridal Fashion Show, the Llangollen Comedy Club, the Hamper Llangollen food festival, Mind Body and Spirit Festival, the Llangollen antiques and vintage fair, to Christmas Party nights, and New Dance Adult evening classes, there is something for all times of year and all tastes. Please contact the Pavilion directly for further details

website: go to Royal International Pavilion website

tel: 01978 860111

address: Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8SW

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Castell Dinas Bran (Crow Castle), Llangollen

Castell Dinas Bran (Crow Castle)
High above the wonderful town of Llangollen, are the ruins of the 13th C Castell Dinas Bran. The setting is breathtaking, and the walk can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Care must be taken however as the route can be steep and tricky in poor conditions. To reach it you can walk up Wharf Hill, next to the Bridge End Hotel, before crossing the Llangollen canal and up some steps past a school. There is a path which ascends the Western slope, and eventually will lead you to the ancient ruins.

address: Llangollen

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Church of St. Collen, Llangollen

Church of St. Collen
St. Collen founded the Chapel (situated by the more modern 13th C church) in the 7th Century. He was both an Irish Warrior and a monk and gave his name to the town of Llangollen. It is said that he arrived by Coracle and was buried in the chapel, which has now been demolished. His image can be seen on one of the stained glass windows within the beautiful church of St Collen, which although having 13th Century origins mainly dates to a major renovation in 1864. Well worth a visit, the church has a spectacular carved-oak ceiling from the 15th C.

tel: 01978 861768

address: Regent Street, Llangollen Denbighshire LL20 8HL

on the map: directions to Church of St. Collen

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Vale Crucis Abbey, Llangollen

Vale Crucis Abbey
The Cistercian order of Monks from Bordeaux were one of the most renowned of all the medieval religious orders. They arrived in Britain in search of out of the way places to practice their austere religion. What they left was some of the most beautiful examples of architecture you can find today, in some of the most stunning locations, with this particularly picturesque Abbey having been built in the 13th Century. Interestingly, the Abbey was named after Elisegís Pillar, a 9th Century Christian memorial cross situated nearby.

tel: 01978 860326.

address: B5103 from the A5, west of Llangollen, or A542 from Ruthin

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Llangollen Museum, Llangollen

Llangollen Museum
This Charity run museum holds archives, exhibits on the history of the area, a photographic tour, sources for your own personal research, education packs for schools, a history quiz for fun and learning, talks, coffee mornings, attic sales, and more. Admission is free and the museum is open every day except Wednesday, from 10am until 4pm.

tel: 01978 862862

address: Parade Street, Llangollen, LL208PW

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Berwyn Mountains, Llangollen

Berwyn Mountains
Home of one of the seven wonders of Wales, this is the first place to go if you are a lover of waterfalls, mountains, and walks in the countryside. The area is accessible by car, parking is free although a donation is always appreciated. Depending on your preference, you can challenge yourself with steep walks as high as Cadair Berwyn (830m), or take a more relaxing stroll. Make sure to visit the stunning Pistyll Rhaeadr, waterfall. Here the Afan Disgynfa river flows over a 75 meter drop, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Wales.

address: Berwen mountains

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Victoria Promenade and Childrenís Park , Llangollen

Victoria Promenade and Childrenís Park
Comprising a play area, skate park, multi use games area, pagoda and crazy golf, the childrenís park and Promenade provides both entertainment, and leisurely walks for all the family. Set in a truly beautiful setting, parents can sit back and relax while their children play. The crazy golf course has 9 holes, each named after local landmarks, so why not play the holes, before going to check out the sites? The park is a great way to introduce Llangollen to your children.

address: Llangollen

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Dragonís Den Play Area , Llangollen

Dragonís Den Play Area
Whether a rainy or sunny day, kids will love the Dragonís Den soft play area in Llangollen. Comfy couches arranged in full view of the sprawling play area that can be enjoyed by young children without the fear of falling and bumping themselves on hard surfaces. A very relaxing way to let your rough and tumble children play without worry. There is a cafť serving hot food, cakes, snacks and drinks. The Dragonís Den also caters for Birthday Parties.

tel: 01978 861963

address: 17 CASTLE STREET LLANGOLLEN LL208NY

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Corn Mill Public House and Restaurant, Llangollen

Corn Mill Public House and Restaurant
Converted from an old mill on the River Dee, this stunning public house and restaurant offers a wide range of malt whiskies and real ales, which can be enjoyed upstairs with stunning views of the river, or better still, on the outside drinking area, by the river itself. The food comes highly recommended with light bites in particular offering healthy portions of quality food. Sure to please, this establishment with its friendly staff is worth a visit. Located just off the high street, it can be seen from the Llangollen bridge.

tel: 01978 869 555

address: The Corn Mill, Dee Lane, Llangollen, LL20 8PN

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Llangollen Bridge and River Dee, Llangollen

Llangollen Bridge and River Dee
Spanning the River Dee, the impressive Llangollen Bridge greats you upon arriving into Llangollen from the A542. One of the Seven wonders of Wales, the bridge was built by Bishop John Trevor in 1345, before being widened in the 16th and 20th centuries. Stand on the bridge and watch the river rushing below, see the steam trains pull into the station or watch the kayakers battle the rapids; the views from the bridge are certainly impressive. Take a stroll along the banks of the River Dee or for the more adventurous kayak in its waters.

address: Llangollen

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Offas Dyke and Offas Dyke Path, Llangollen

Offas Dyke and Offas Dyke Path
Following the Welsh border with England, Offas Dyke was an 8th century earthwork, or manmade ditch, that stretched for 70 miles. There is a national trail that now provides breathtaking views from the Severn Estuary near Chepstow, to Prestatyn in North Wales, which has become known as Offas Dyke Path. For detailed information, including places to stay along the route, you can contact the Offas Dyke Association.

tel: 01547 528753

address: ODA, West Street, Knighton, Powys, LD7 1EN

on the map: directions to Offas Dyke and Offas Dyke Path

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St Tysilio Church, Llantysillio , Llangollen

St Tysilio Church, Llantysillio
Situated in Llantysillio near Llangollen, not far from the Horseshoe Falls, this picturesque Parish Church was dedicated to St Tysilio who lived in the 7th Century. It was built in the 15th century before being modified by German born Charles Beyer in the 19th Century. Notably, the Church holds a striking medieval wooden carved crow to this day. Charles Beyer rests now within the peaceful Church cemetery, beneath a 2 tonne tombstone of Aberdeen Granite.

tel: 01978 860231

address: St Tysilio Llantysilio LLANGOLLEN LL20 8DT

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