Llangollen Travel Guide

The small town of Llangollen can be found in north-eastern Wales on the banks of the River Dee.

Surrounded by the picturesque Vale of Llangollen, this is the perfect place to get back to nature and Llangollen has long been a popular destination with hikers and trekkers. The magnificent Dinas Bran Castle overlooks the town, while Llangollen is also home to an excellent range of other types of attractions as well as modern amenities.

Things to see and do in Llangollen

Measuring a thousand feet long and a hundred feet high, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is one of Llangollen’s most impressive landmarks. It was constructed more than two hundred years ago and serves to carry the Ellesmere Canal across the River Dee.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – Llangollen, Wales

Two pedestrians walk across the Poncysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site.

Perhaps the best way to see Llangollen and the surrounding area in comfort and style is by taking a ride on the Llangollen Steam Railway. The train moves at a leisurely pace as it makes its way along the coast and visitors who are celebrating a special occasion can make sure that they have an experience they will never forget by enjoying a three course meal onboard.

People who want the chance to listen to both traditional and modern Welsh folk music should make sure that they time their trip to coincide with the International Musical Eisteddfod. This popular music festival takes place over the course of five days each year and features a large number of performances as well as dancing and music competitions.

Llangollen, Wales

Close up of Llangollen Sign on Llangollen station, North Wales.

Those who are looking for a truly unique cultural experience should take a ride in one of the horse drawn canal boats that can be found close to the town centre during weekends throughout the summer months. It is best to grab a seat on the right hand side of the boat as this will provide the best views of the town’s many landmarks, most notably the one hundred foot drop over Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Anyone who has a strong sense of adventure and enjoys messing about on the water is sure to love the experience of canoeing on the River Dee. A number of local companies offer this special type of trip, while canoe hire is also available for adventure seekers who prefer to try it out independently.

Climate conditions

Rainfall is common throughout the year in this part of the country and visitors should make sure that they always have an umbrella or a raincoat close to hand when exploring the surrounding countryside. However, there are plenty of warm and sunny days to enjoy between June and August while a number of music and cultural festivals are also hosted during the summer months.