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The Area

Llangollen

The gateway to North Wales, Llangollen offers a wealth of attractions. The river and the glorious Dee Valley are a centre for kayaking, white water rafting, gorge walking and abseiling as well as an ideal spot for walking and relaxation. The Llangollen Heritage Steam Railway and the canal Wharf are great places for a trip back in time. From the Wharf you can take either the gentle horse drawn canal boat to the Chain Bridge and Horseshoe Falls or the trip across the remarkable Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage site built by Thomas Telford in 1805.

The Dee Bridge, which can be seen from the Church Street cottages' gardens, was built in 1345 by John Trevor of Trevor Hall, who became the Bishop of St. Asaph. There are numerous historic treasures around the town, such as Plas Newydd, home of the 'Ladies of Llangollen' and Dinas Bran Castle, alleged resting place of teh Holy Grail. Valle Crucis Abbey and Eliseg's Pillar are just on the edge of town as is Llangollen Motor Museum.

The Royal Pavilion in Abbey Road attracts visitors from across the world for the International Musical Eisteddfod and hosts the annual Hamper Llangollen Food Festival. The railway holds Thomas the Tank weekends, Beer Train events and Santa Specials.

Llangollen is also the ideal base location for exploring further afield. From the lakes of Bala and Betws y Coed to the mountains of Snowdonia and the Coastlines of North and Mid Wales. In Llangollen you are also positioned within easy reach of the main arterial routes to Chester, Shrewsbury, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

Richard's Route

There are many local wonders worth a visit in and around Llangollen, over the years Richard Gale has devised a car journey that takes it all in!

Taking the A5 towards Corwen will bring you to the charming Tudor style Railway Station at Berwyn. Crossing the river here will take you past the Interesting Chan Bridge, from here it is but a stone's throw to the Thomas Telford designed Horseshoe Falls, which feeds the Llangollen Canal from the River Dee.

Past Valle Crucis Abbey and Eliseg's Pillar towards the spectacular Horseshoe pass. Returning down the old Horseshoe pass Road will take you to World's End, the Eglwyseg Rocks, the Panorama and the back of the ancient ruins od Castell Dinas Bran, where views over the town are simply breathtaking.

Drop town through the quaint village of Garth to Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Cross the river below and return to the town to see the famous 'Old Ladies' House - Plas Newydd. Then return to Gales for liquid fortification - you've earned it.

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Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd is an historic house only a short walk from the wine bar and a must see. With bowling greens, dovecots, sunken garden walks and a main house with beautiful carved beams. Ask Richard over breakfast to give you the low down.

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Valle Crucis Abbey

Valle Crucis was dissolved by royal decree in 1537 but its ruins still show what a beautiful building in the perfect setting it must have been. A must visit.

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Dinas Bran Castle

With spectacular views, it is worth the short but very steep walk to the top. Locals cheat by driving up to the panorama road and start half way up but the walk is easily managed from the centre of town.

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St Collen Church

Our local church and how the town got town got its name. Llangollen literally means church of Saint Collen. A beautiful church at the end of the street on which Gales is situated. Pay particular attention to the beautifully carved wooden ceiling.

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Eliseg's Pillar

A striking monument that sits upon a mound in the middle of the valley just by the Abbey.

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Erddig

A National Trust house which contains an amazingly well kept stately home and gardens. A whole day should be allotted to explore everything they have to offer. Great for all the family.

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Chirk Castle

A huge National Trust castle set in stunning grounds. Exploring the dungeons, moat and extensive gardens is a real adventure.

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Llangollen Canal

Llangollen Canal received the prestigious World Heritage status for this calm meandering canal created by Thomas Telford. It is a feat of engineering that melts into the local scenery as if it has always been there.

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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The famous Thomas Telford construction is, even after 100 years, still a technical marvel. There are boat trips but just walking across gives you an idea of the scale and beauty of the structure. If you see one thing in the area it should be this.

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Horseshoe Falls

Also created by Mr Telford, this man-made waterfall is an incredible example of using natural resources in a way that is sympathetic to its surroundings.

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Horse Drawn Boats

A casual ride along the canal, powered the way the boats used to be. The Wharf is situated in town and is the ideal place to start your discovery of the Llangollen Canal.

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Steam Railway

The Llangollen Heritage Steam Railway is one of the town's biggest draws, whether visiting one of the Thomas the Tank weekends, enthusiast festivals, booze trains or just going on a short journey to some of our neighbouring towns and back. The trains and friendly volunteers make an amazing journey back in time.

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Pro Adventure

A not-for-profit provider of a large range of activities including rafting, gorge walking and climbing - locally or on their indoor wall in the middle of town.

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Safe and Sound Outdoors

Everything is catered for by expert and frendly instructors, you are in safe hands.

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Ty Nant

Andy at Ty Nant can provide you with all the kayaking, boating and other extreme activities you can think of.

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Llandegla Mountain Biking

Mountain bike trials for all skill levels with green runs right up to blacks. (We don't have a bike lock up at Gales but if you wish to have your bike safely stored we can arrange something).

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One Giant Leap Downhill

Top downhill track, not for the faint hearted. Plays host to some of the country's top competitions. Some easier tracks are available along with guides from the excellent Cambell Coaching

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Fauxdegla Clay Pigeon Shooting

A top shooting facility only a small drive from Llangollen. It features seven shooting areas, each with a different discipline.

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Paragliding

One of the best ways to see the valley is from a vantage point only available to the birds or members of this paragliding club.

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Fishing

The river is fed by the headland lakes of Alwen, Brenig, Celyn and Bala and is one of the purest rivers in Europe, renowned for it's brown trout and grayling. Llangollen Maelor Angling can supply day tickets for ten miles of the River Dee.

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Golf

The Vale of Llangollen Golf Club is one to the best and most beautiful golf courses in the area. With stunning views on every hole it's a must visit for any golfer. Other courses within a short distance are Hentley, Oswestry, Llanymynech and Carden Park all well worth a visit.

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International Eisteddfodd

Set up in the same act of parlament as the Edinburgh Festival to bring the world together after the war, this festival brings colour and fun to the town.

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Fringe

This eclectic festival is a strong favourite for locals and visitors alike. Expect comedy, punk, pop, poetry and more.

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Hamper Llangollen Food Show

This long standing and extremely popular food festival takes place over a weekend in October. You can enjoy local produce and cooking demonstrations - you might even find a friendly local wine bar showing some wines and spirits.

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Llangollen Museum

A great place to get further information on Llangollen's rich history from friendly, local, knowledgeable volunteers.

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Motor Museum

An amazing hidden gem a short walk along the canal. Full of cars, parts and memorabilia.

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