Welcome to Llangollen


Llangollen has a growing summer walking and white-water-rafting scene, while in winter, sometimes under a thick blanket of snow, it just sits there and looks pretty. Two major arts festivals boost tourism, as do railway and engineering enthusiasts interested in the area's industrial legacy. That legacy accounts for the town's present layout: housing was relocated to make way for locomotives.

Llangollen takes its name from St Collen, a 7th-century monk who founded a religious community (llan) here. Centuries later it became an important stop on the London-to-Holyhead stagecoach route, linking the British capital to Ireland.


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$72.48 Water Sports

Whitewater Rafting on the River Dee from Llangollen

This is one of the best whitewater rivers in the UK. Your session starts at the picturesque Horseshoe falls where you will meet your guide and be given all your equipment. Following an individual safety briefing you are ready to head out onto the rapids. As you travel down the river you will not only encounter beautiful scenery but a number of exciting rapids including the famous Serpents Tail and Town Falls in Llangollen. Don't forget to tell family and friends to come and watch you from the bridge in Llangollen. Your session will last for approx 3 hours.

$9.41 Kid Friendly

Llangollen to Horseshoe Pass Sightseeing Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen, Denbighshire, North Wales, WalesThe Pass is well known for the Ponderosa cafe at its highest point and the scenic views along the road. Both the cafe and the pass itself are extremely popular with cyclists & motorcyclists.Duration: 30 minutes

$73.96 Water Sports

River Bugging

You will meet at our centre in the heart of Llangollen. After getting kitted up we will transport you to the top of the river for your brief. You will be on the water for 1 and 1/2 hours during which tim you will navigate the various rapids on the River Dee. You will finish in the town of Llangollen and head back to the centre to get changed and dry. We have changing rooms and lockers available free of charge for all customers. There is the options of a photographer if you'd like to get some snaps of you special trip.

$712.73 Cultural & Theme Tours

Dee Valley Private Day Tour from Caernarfon

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Llangollen Canal, North Wales, WalesAfter being collected from your accommodation in Caernarfon, visit the cultural and attractive town of Llangollen, host to the International Eisteddfod (a renowned Welsh festival). The river is quite wild at this point and it’s a great pleasure to spend time on its banks watching canoeists battle their way through.Yet another stunning UNESCO Heritage Site is nearby – the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which takes the Llangollen canal soaring above the valley of the River Dee. You can visit Telford’s masterpiece from below or for those who want to brave the heights, you can walk across. Nearby are also the atmospheric ruins of Vale Crucis Abbey and the hilltop castle of Dinas Bran – the City of the Crow.Duration: 8 hours

$3602.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

Ladies-Only Trip to Wales with Idwal Jones

ItineraryDay 1: Arrival into WalesStop At: Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham, Wrexham County, North Wales, WalesThe tour begins outside the New Blossoms Hotel, Chester at 9:30am. We then travel a few miles to the West crossing the border into Wales. Here we board a narrowboat and enjoy our morning coffee whilst crossing the world famous 200-year-old Thomas Telford Aqueduct.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, North Wales, WalesFrom here, we will journey to the small town of Llangollen where we will visit the historic Plas Newydd – Former home to the famous Ladies of Llangollen. Discover why these two aristocratic ladies eloped to Wales in 1778.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Seiont Manor HotelWe will then travel to our accommodation and will enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Seiont Manor Hotel is a luxury country house hotel in the shadows of Mount Snowdon. Day 2: Special Villages of North WalesStop At: Portmeirion Village, Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales, WalesThis morning, we will journey to the Italian-style Village of Portmeirion which was created by architect Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1972. Here we will enjoy a private tour with one of the resident guides followed by time to enjoy the gardens and extensive woodlands surrounding the village.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland RailwaysWe will then travel to Porthmadog and board the Welsh Highland Railway where we will enjoy the picturesque journey to Beddgelert, a beautiful village located in Snowdonia. Discover the grave of Gelert, the faithful hound of Llywelyn the Great who was Prince of Gwynedd from 1195 – 1240.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Seiont Manor Hotel is a luxury country house hotel in the shadows of Mount Snowdon. Day 3: Discover AngleseyStop At: Penmon Point, Penmon, Anglesey, North Wales, WalesThe Isle of Anglesey is located off the north-west coast of Wales and access to the island is over one of two picturesque bridges. The oldest is Thomas Telford’s Suspension Bridge constructed in 1826, and this was followed in 1850 with the construction by Robert Stephenson of the Britannia Bridge. Our first visit on the island will be to Penmon, a peaceful and secluded corner on the south east of the island where we view the sombre ruins of a 13th century Augustinian Priory. Nearby is the ancient church of St Seiriol and a Holy Well that dates to pre-Christian times.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni, Anglesey, North Wales, WalesAfter a stop at the historic town of Beaumaris we drive the short distance to Oriel Mon (Anglesey Art Gallery). The Oriel is a show place for local artists and crafts-people and houses the works of the well-known wildlife artist C. F. Tunnicliffe and Sir Kyffin Williams the Welsh landscape painter. The Oriel is also a fascinating museum illustrating the island’s history, culture and wildlife.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Llanfairpwll Railway Station, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey, North Wales, WalesNo visit to the Island is complete without the obligatory photo stop at Llanfairpwllgwyngychgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysuliogogogoch – the smallest village with the longest name in the world.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Seiont Manor Hotel is a luxury country house hotel in the shadows of Mount Snowdon. Day 4: Touring Llyn PeninsulaStop At: Nant Gwrtheyrn, Llithfaen, Gwynedd, North Wales, WalesToday we travel to the Llyn Peninsula which is the extreme North West of Wales. This is a particularly pretty drive and warrants several stops along the way to admire the views. Our destination is the former fishing a quarrying village of Nant Gwrtheyrn which is now a Heritage and Language Centre that specialises in providing residential Welsh courses to adults. After a light lunch, we will take a tour of the site, visit the Old Chapel which is now the Heritage Centre, and then to the classroom to enjoy taking part in a short basic ‘Welsh for beginner’s course’ with a tutor.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Pant Du Vineyard, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales, WalesThe next part of our journey takes us to the Nantlle Valley and to the home of Richard and Iola Huws at Pant Du. This was a small sheep farm when they bought it in 2003 and set about planting several hundred vines. Pant Du Vineyard produced its first bottle of wine in 2010. They also have an extensive orchard from which they produce award winning cider and apple juice. After a tour of the vineyard and orchard we will have dinner and some wine tasting to round off the evening.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Seiont Manor Hotel is a luxury country house hotel in the shadows of Mount Snowdon. Day 5: Fun-Filled Day with the LocalsStop At: Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, WalesThis morning we travel to Llanllechid, a small village in Snowdonia, to meet the staff and children of a typical Welsh village primary school, where the language of the school is entirely Welsh. On previous tours this visit has been the highlight for many of our participants. We can look forward to a warm welcome by the staff and the children who will provide us with entertainment as only children can.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Llanfairfechan Bowling ClubIn the afternoon we meet the members of Llanfairfechan Bowling Club for a friendly game of Crown Green Bowling. Lots of fun and laughter is guaranteed, followed by tea and cake.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Belmont LlandudnoWe will then check in to our hotel in Llandudno and enjoy an early dinner.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: St. John's Methodist Church, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesThis evening we will listen to a concert performed by Côr y Penrhyn at St John’s Methodist Church. This is one of Wales’ oldest and best-known male choirs which was formed back in the 1880s by workers in the slate industry, now the 70 strong members aged between 16 and 85 come from all walks of life.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: The Belmont is Llandudno's newest boutique hotel, perfectly positioned overlooking the resort's promenade and pier.Day 6: Exploring Llandudno and ConwyStop At: Great Orme, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesThis morning, we will enjoy a walk along the wide promenade of the delightful, Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno. We will then board Britain’s only remaining cable operated street tramway taking us up 680 feet to the Great Orme Country Park. The geology, wildlife, archaeology and landscape of the Great Orme is of such importance that much of the headland has been designated a Special Area of Conservation, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Heritage Coast. We will enjoy the magnificent views over the Irish Sea and the town below.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Conwy Castle, Conwy, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesConwy is one of the best examples of a medieval ‘Walled Town’ and has one of the most impressive of all the Welsh castles. We will visit the castle and then have time for lunch and explore other places of interest in the town.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesIn the afternoon our journey will take us to the National Trust’s Gardens at Bodnant. This is one of Wales’ premier gardens, located on an 80-acre site with spectacular views across the Snowdonia Mountains.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: The Belmont is Llandudno's newest boutique hotel, perfectly positioned overlooking the resort's promenade and pier.Day 7: Scenery and GreeneryStop At: Tu-Hwnt-I'r BontMorning at leisure. This afternoon, we will enjoy tea at the most photographed tea room in Britain. ‘Ty Hwnt i’r Bont’ has the reputation of having the best Scones and Welsh Cakes in the area.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Gwydir Castle, Llanrwst, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesWe then walk the short distance to Gwydir Castle, a fine example of a fortified manor house dating back to the 15th century. The property is being restored by the owners Peter and Judy Welford. Gwydir is regarded as one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales and was once the ancestral home of the powerful Wynn family. The historic gardens at Gwydir Castle deserve a mention as they are amongst the very few in Wales accorded Grade 1 listed status. The Old Dutch Garden is famous for its yew avenue of 22 huge trees. The Knot Garden in the Courtyard was laid out in 1828 by Sir Charles Barry, the famous architect, in the form of a Tudor Rose. The fine wisteria, which adorns the Hall Range, was also planted in 1828, the same year that peacocks are claimed to have been introduced to the gardens. Read about the restoration in Judy’s book ‘Castles in the Air’.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: The Belmont is Llandudno's newest boutique hotel, perfectly positioned overlooking the resort's promenade and pier.Day 8: Cooking and PotteryStop At: Dylan's LlandudnoThis morning, we will have a cooking workshop in the fabulous Dylan’s restaurant here in Llandudno, known for their fresh local produce! After the morning of learning, we will reward ourselves with lunch there.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Porth Llwyd Pottery, Tal-y-Bont, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesAfter lunch we journey to remote woodland by Porth Llwyd Falls to meet Vicky Buxton at her pottery studio and workshop. Vicky makes a selection of ceramics, decorative stoneware and porcelain and we will see her at work and maybe get the opportunity to see if we can ‘throw a pot’.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch at Dylan's • DinnerAccommodation included: The Belmont is Llandudno's newest boutique hotel, perfectly positioned overlooking the resort's promenade and pier.Day 9: Hill Farm and Hidden GardensStop At: Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, WalesEnjoy a morning at the Carneddau Mountain Range today with sheep farmer and local celebrity, the “tweeting Farmer”, Gareth Wyn Jones who also presents the famous Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. Explore life on a Welsh hill farm, as well as visiting the site of an ancient settlement thought to be the oldest axe factory in the world! And if that wasn’t enough, you will have the chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive Carneddau Mountain ponies, a unique breed that have been isolated for at least several hundred years. We then meet the ladies of the village of Abergwyngregyn, visit their gardens and afterwards join them for tea and homemade cake at the home of one of the ladies. These ladies are all members of the local gardening club that has raise a phenomenal amount of money for good causes over many years. We will have farewell dinner at a local pub tonight.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Dinner: Dinner at a local pubAccommodation included: The Belmont is Llandudno's newest boutique hotel, perfectly positioned overlooking the resort's promenade and pier.Day 10: Departure DayPass By: Llandudno Promenade, Llandudno, Conwy County, North Wales, WalesToday you will depart from Wales for your continued journey.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.