Llangollen & Pontcysyllte

Llangollen & Pontcysyllte, photo by Akke
Llangollen & Pontcysyllte (photo by Akke)

Llangollen and Pontscysyllte are small towns located within a few miles of each other along the River Dee in northern Wales.

Llangollen canal was created to connect the local coal producers with its ironmakers, but has since then become used instead for pleasure. Because of its substantial current, as well as the surrounding scenic beauty, it has become popular for leisurely boat tours during the summer. A marina in town allows summer visitors to moor overnight.

Nearby Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its innovations in civil engineering during the early Industrial Revolution. The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and strong, creating an extended structure (11 mi or 18 km) that is both monumental and elegant.

Overall Atmosphere: Combination
Combination Atmosphere destinations combine elements of both cultural and natural destinations, where this combination is itself essential to the travel experience. Common examples are Archaeological Sites (where culture is usually experienced outdoors), Scenic Local Markets (where indigenous cultures interact outdoors), Hotsprings and Vineyard Areas (where nature provides the raw materials but humans create the surroundings), and Unique Cultural Landscapes (where humans and nature interact in innovative ways, as in the elaborate rice terracing systems of Asia).

Combination Interests typically fall somewhere in the middle of the three types of primary interests in terms of
(a) how climate-dependent they are
(b) how accessible and physically demanding they are.
Featuring both cultural and natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   World Heritage Site
   Lonely Planet


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The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel is situated on the banks of the River Dee, in the heart of the picturesque town of Llangollen and is one of the landmarks that has come to define this stunning Welsh town. Average score from 28 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$61 - $159


Manorhaus Llangollen

Set within a historic townhouse in the heart of Llangollen, mh Townhaus B&B boasts original features blended with modern interior design and facilities such as free WiFi and a rooftop hot tub. Average score from 113 guest reviews: 8.3/10.



The Woodlands

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, The Woodlands offers accommodation in Llansantffraid Glyn Ceiriog. Free private parking is available on site. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. Average score from 21 guest reviews: 9.6/10.



Bwthyn Ceiriog

Situated 9 km from Horseshoe Pass in Llangollen, this holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. The property is 6 km from Castell Dinas Bran and free private parking is featured. Free WiFi is offered . Average score from 6 guest reviews: 9.3/10.



Mill Penthouse

Mill Penthouse offers accommodation in Llangollen, 6 km from Horseshoe Pass and 1.1 km from Castell Dinas Bran. It provides free private parking. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. The unit is fitted with a kitchen. A TV is provided. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 9.4/10.


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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
The Mulberry Inn

The Mulberry Inn

The Mulberry Inn is located in the quiet setting of Llwynmawr village in the beautiful Ceiriog Valley. It is just 7 scenic miles from the A5 motorway, between Wrexham and Llangollen. Average score from 406 guest reviews: 9.7/10.

$67 - $147

Cornerstones Bed and Breakfast

Cornerstones Bed and Breakfast

Cornerstones Bed and Breakfast provides en suite accommodation in picturesque Llangollen, overlooking the River Dee. Just over 30 minutes from Snowdonia National Park, Cornerstones offers free Wi-Fi, parking passes and hearty breakfasts. Average score from 142 guest reviews: 9.5/10.


Panorama Cottages

Panorama Cottages

Converted from farm buildings, these cottages are in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen. They are 1.5 miles from Llangollen and lie on the 'Panorama', a part of Offa's Dyke. Average score from 89 guest reviews: 9.3/10.

$86 - $67

Llangollen Hostel

Llangollen Hostel

This 4-star hostel is in the beautiful Vale of Llangollen and close to the River Dee. The refurbished town house has free Wi-Fi, a well-equipped kitchen, private rooms and single beds in dormitories. Average score from 168 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$22 - $93

Chainbridge Hotel

Chainbridge Hotel

The Chainbridge is sited in a unique position between the spectacular River Dee, with it's racing white water and leaping salmon, and the Llangollen canal that begins it's life just a short walk away at the Horseshoe Falls. Average score from 135 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$122 - $110

Cambrian House

Cambrian House

This historically listed former coaching house has a large, secure free car park, free Wi-Fi, and an on-site beauty salon. It is in the centre of the picturesque town of Llangollen, in the Dee Valley. Average score from 227 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$44 - $83

Glyn Valley Hotel

Glyn Valley Hotel

Situated in the picturesque Ceiriog Valley, The Glyn Valley Hotel is a historic inn offering a restaurant and rooms with valley views, just a 20-minute drive from Llangollen. Average score from 119 guest reviews: 8.0/10.

$61 - $110

Bryn Howel Hotel

Bryn Howel Hotel

In rural North Wales, Bryn Howel boasts magnificent views across the Vale of Llangollen, an on-site restaurant and free parking. Guests can enjoy cooked breakfasts and evening meals made of fine, locally sourced ingredients. Average score from 603 guest reviews: 7.9/10.

$55 - $178

Dee Valley Cottages

Dee Valley Cottages

Set in Llangollen, Dee Valley Cottages is 5 km from Horseshoe Pass. Castell Dinas Bran is 5 km from the property. Free WiFi is offered . Featuring a balcony, the accommodation features a seating and dining area. Average score from 708 guest reviews: 7.9/10.


Ddol Issa Farm

Ddol Issa Farm

Featuring free WiFi, Ddol Issa Farm is located in Llangollen, 3.9 km from Castell Dinas Bran. Free private parking is available on site. All units include a seating and dining area. Average score from 135 guest reviews: 7.9/10.


Abbey Grange Hotel

Abbey Grange Hotel

Set in 8 acres of idyllic countryside, this charming country hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a large garden area. The market town of Llangollen is just 1.5 miles away. Some of the rooms at Abbey Grange have luxurious four-poster beds. Average score from 494 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$37 - $275

Horseshoe Pass Holiday Lets

Horseshoe Pass Holiday Lets

Located on the Horseshoe mountain pass, these secluded apartments have beautiful views across the hilly Welsh countryside. These converted 17th-century farm buildings are set in lovely walled gardens with a stream running through. Average score from 129 guest reviews: 7.3/10.

$99 - $171

Bishop Trevor House

Bishop Trevor House

Located 5 km from Horseshoe Pass, Bishop Trevor House offers pet-friendly accommodation in Llangollen. The cottage is 1.1 km from Castell Dinas Bran. There is a dining area and a kitchen. Towels and bed linen are featured at Bishop Trevor House.



Featuring free WiFi, Llwynmawr is set in Llangollen, 11 km from Horseshoe Pass. The rooms are equipped with a TV. Every room comes with a private bathroom. The nearest airport is Liverpool John Lennon Airport, 50 km from Llwynmawr. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.




Located in Glyn-Dyfrdwy in the Clwyd Region, this holiday home is 49 km from Liverpool. The property is 31 km from Chester and boasts views of the garden. The kitchen is fitted with a dishwasher, an oven and a toaster and there is a private... Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.




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Llangollen is known for its music festivals:

The biggest of these is the annual Llangollen International Eisteddfod. It opens with a parade led by the Llangollen Silver Band, in which both the locals and visitors take part in dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments.

Llangollen Fringe Festival is an independent arts festival, usually held in mid July in the Town Hall. The Fringe includes music, comedy, theatre, dance and workshops.

Dee Rocks is a local fundraising music, usually held during May when the town hall is transformed into a music venue.
Unusual Local Feature

Aqueduct & Canal System

World Heritage Sites says about Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal: “Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometre long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford.”
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