Posted: Sun 1st Mar 2020

Updated: Sun 1st Mar

Llangollen – quick information guide and postcode

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Situated to the south-west of Wrexham, Llangollen is only around 15 minutes by car from the Wales-England border. This small town in Denbighshire has a population of only a few thousand, yet it has a big character and plenty to offer the casual visitor.

How to find Llangollen

The town is on the A5 route, which meets the A483 at the eastern end and continues all the way to Betws-y-Coed at the western end. It benefits from its position on the River Dee and offers a tourist information centre for visitors to explore. This can be found at Y Capel, Castle Street, LL20 8NU.

Meanwhile, Llangollen Railway Station is on the north bank of the river. You can use Castle Street to cross it over Llangollen Bridge.

What to do in Llangollen

There are many charming places to visit in the town. We’ve highlighted some of our favourites below.

Go walking:
Walkers love Llangollen, and not just for the dramatic scenery offered along this stretch of the River Dee. The famous Offa’s Dyke Path runs through this part of Wales. There are some stunning views too – the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the canal that crosses it, for two.

Take a canal trip:
Head for Llangollen Wharf to hop aboard a narrow boat, ready to be pulled along the river by horse, just as in days gone by. If you opt for a traditional narrow boat trip (i.e. without the horse), you can go across aqueduct instead of seeing it from below. Our advice would be to tick both options off your list.

Try some water sports:
White water rafting is certainly worth a try if you’re brave enough. Various other activities are also available around the River Dee, on offer from several outdoor pursuit providers.

Visit Plas Newydd House Museum and Gardens:
Situated on Hill Street, LL20 8AW, this 14th century house boasts Regency and Victorian décor, along with Gothic touches and stunning gardens featuring topiary designs.

Take a trip on the Llangollen Steam Railway:
Travel from Llangollen Station to Corwen, 10 miles further along the River Dee. On-board dining makes the experience even more luxurious, with cream teas, picnics, and buffet options available.

Visit Llangollen Museum:
What better way could there be to discover more about this charming town? Head to Parade Street to find this circular building that offers exhibitions and a look into the past.

Visit the Llangollen Motor Museum:
If you are in the town sometime between March and October, a visit to the Motor Museum will take you back through decades gone by. Featuring vehicles from as long ago as 1912, you might just see one or two you remember from your youth.

Make the tourist information centre your first stop

Wherever else you intend to explore during your stay in the town, this is the best place to get information, guides, and further details about the many attractions and things to see and do in Llangollen.

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