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Top Choice Canal in Llangollen

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct & Canal World Heritage Site

The preeminent Georgian engineer Thomas Telford (1757–1834) built the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805 to carry the canal over the River Dee. At 307m long, 3.6m wide, 1.7m deep and 38m high, it is the most spectacular …
Top Choice Historic Building in Llangollen

Erddig

For a glimpse of the life of the British upper class in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the 'upstairs-downstairs' social hierarchy of their bygone world, this stately house and its gardens are highly recommended. T…
Top Choice Modern British in Ruthin

On the Hill

The low ceilings and exposed beams of this 16th-century house near the square make a memorable setting for sophisticated country cooking. Meaty plates such as the Welsh pork trio (crispy belly, bacon-wrapped loin an…
Shrine in Holywell (Treffynnon)

St Winefride's Well

Marking the site at which St Winefride was supposedly martyred (and revived by her uncle, St Bueno) is the holy well which gave the town its name. It's been a place of pilgrimage since Winefride's death in the 7th c…
Historic Building in Llangollen

Plas Newydd

The 18th-century home of the Ladies of Llangollen (Irish aristocrat Lady Eleanor Butler and her companion, Sarah Ponsonby), Plas Newydd is an atmospheric step back in time. The celebrated couple transformed the hous…
Performing Arts in Llangollen

International Musical Eisteddfod

The International Musical Eisteddfod was established after WWII to promote world harmony. Each July it attracts 4000 participants and 50,000 spectators from around 50 countries, transforming lovely Llangollen into a…
Historic Building in Ruthin

Nantclwyd y Dre

Dating from 1435, half-timbered Nantclwyd y Dre is thought to be the oldest town house in Wales. It originally belonged to a family of weavers and it retains a palpable sense of antiquity. The rooms have been restor…
Ruins in Llangollen

Valle Crucis Abbey

The dignified ruins of this Cistercian abbey are a 2-mile walk north of Llangollen. Founded in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd, ruler of northern Powys, its largely Gothic form predates its more famous sibling at Tintern …
Performing Arts in Llangollen

Llangollen Fringe Festival

This small-town, volunteer-run arts festival, held over 11 days from mid-July, manages to attract some surprisingly big names: 2018’s line-up included Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Linton Kwesi Johnson. There are also poe…
Arts Centre in Ruthin

Ruthin Craft Centre

This is an excellent gallery and arts hub. Aside from the three galleries – which do great work bringing the best of local photography, painting and sculpture to light, and show many pieces for sale – the complex in…