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Aerial View of Llangollen © Crown copyright (2013) Visit Wales
Right:- The Dee Bridge
The famous Dee Bridge,
was built by Bishop Trevor of Trevor Hall in I345. It is a scheduled
ancient monument and was widened in the 1960’s to accommodate modern
Left:- Valle Crucis Abbey
These improved communication routes and local natural resources made an
ideal location for newly developing industries. The old Water Mill
opposite the Railway Station had already functioned for hundreds of years
when a new Flannel Mill was erected at the north end of Church Street on a
site later to be occupied by a tannery after the business had expanded and
moved across the river to Lower Dee Mills.
Right:- The Rug Chapel
The Rug Chapel and Llangar Church can be found in Corwen, some 10 miles
from Llangollen, these beautiful religious sites are well worth a visit.
The church retains many ancient features including 15th century wall
paintings while the Rug Chapel is a fine example of a private 17th century
The remains of
Dinas Bran (Crow Castle) can be seen high on an isolated hill above
Llangollen and reached by a steep climb. From the top the views of
Llangollen and the Dee Valley are stunning. This was said to be the
possible burial site of the Holy Grail of the Arthurian legends, and was
known to have been the 13th Century home of Madoc ap Gruffydd Maelor, the
founder of Valle Crucis Abbey and it was possibly a stronghold for Eliseg,
Prince of Powys in the 6th Century.
Llangollen is a haven for shoppers looking for interesting and unusual gifts. There are also many interesting walks in the town. The canal from the town to the Chain Bridge Hotel and Horseshoe Falls as an example. Another walk is Bishops Walk from the Bridge End Hotel side of the river bridge along the riverside past the old mill sluice gates and leet and the remains of the weir, then past views of St. Collens church over the river, and on to the Sarah Ponsonby Inn.
Left:- Llangar Church
A favourite walk is the town side of the bridge stroll along Dee Lane and
Victoria Promenade to Riverside Walk. This passes gardens with views of
the steam trains, ducks, a bandstand, tennis courts, bowling green and
children's play area.
The town has become a
Mecca for amateur theatre productions with thriving societies producing
high-class plays, musicals, operas, cabaret and concerts. There are over
one hundred groups with a multitude of different interests in the
immediate locality, we are all spoiled for choice.
Thousands of visitors from around the globe descend on Llangollen in July each year when it hosts the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Right:- Llangollen Railway
Opened in 1862 the
Ruabon to Barmouth railway steamed its way through the Welsh countryside.
At one time it was possible to board at Llangollen Station and travel to
London without a single change! the Railway closed to passenger traffic in
1965, and to goods in 1968 and over the next seven years Nature closed in
on the buildings and track bed . However steam trains are once more to be
seen in Llangollen Station thanks to the efforts of the Llangollen Railway
Left:- Horse Drawn Canal Boats
From Llangollen Wharf you can embark on a 45-minute horse drawn trip or a two hour trip on the traditional Canal narrow boat, which takes you through the Vale of Llangollen and across the Britain's biggest aqueduct at Trevor. Towering 126 feet above the river and built by Thomas Telford it is a masterpiece of engineering. You will not be the first to experience this. For over 100 years, pleasure boats have operated from Llangollen Wharf - and the experience is as popular as ever.
Most of the fishing in and around Llangollen Town is owned by Llangollen Angling Association. No permit holder may fish with out being in possession of a valid Environment Agency rod licence which can be purchased from any Post Office in England and Wales.
The Association has 14 miles (22.53km) of fishing in and around the town
with all waters above the Chain Bridge Hotel being strictly fly only for
Trout, but spinning and bait fishing is allowed for Salmon. Worm fishing
is allowed below the Chain Bridge Hotel for Trout, Grayling and Coarse
fish between the l6th of June and the 3rd of March. No spinning, maggots,
or any other baits are allowed and keep nets are banned. A bag limit of 4
fish per day applies which can be made up from either Brown Trout, Rainbow
Trout, or Grayling. All Salmon fishing to Environment Agency byelaws on
the use of baits etc.
Right:- Plas Newydd
Large (1024x768) photos of Llangollen Railway, Llangollen Town, Panorama, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llantysilio Church, Horseshoe Falls and Berwyn, Plas Newydd, Valle Crucis Abbey, Castell Dinas Bran and the Horseshoe Pass
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