With a world famous aqueduct, quaint shops and a beautiful country park beside the river Dee to explore, your family will be delighted with all that the Llangollen area has to offer. With excellent road links from the North West of England and the Midlands it is not too far for a family to travel for the day.
Ty Mawr Country Park
Ty Mawr Country Park is picturesquely situated beneath the dramatic Cefn Viaduct on the banks of the River Dee. The viaduct was built by Henry Robertson in 1848 and carries the Chester-Shrewsbury railway line. It is 147ft high with 19 arches each spanning 60ft. Children will enjoy feeding the free-range chickens and ducks and seeing the donkeys, pot-bellied pigs and sheep in the wild flower meadows. The visitor centre and picnic area display impressive wooden sculptures and the playground extends to a Trim Trail and BMX track. Admission and parking are free and the park is open all year. Located 5 miles south of Wrexham in the village of Cefn Mawr. Follow the brown and white signs for the country park at the Llangollen/Ruabon exit off the A483.
Horse drawn boat trips have been running on the beautiful Llangollen canal for 125 years. It is possible to experience the lovely scenery of the Vale of Llangollen on a two hour trip, which includes a one-way crossing of the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which is the country’s tallest navigable aqueduct towering 126 feet above the River Dee. The Aqueduct, built by Thomas Telford, forms a key part of the Llangollen Canal and stands majestically at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass, three miles east of Llangollen. There is a live and informative commentary throughout the canal journey and refreshments are served. The trips run from Llangollen Wharf from Easter to October where there are beautiful tea rooms and gift shops selling souvenirs and painted canal ware.
Llangollen is well known in North Wales for its quirky and unusual shops. Beautiful tea rooms and second hand book sellers also have a strong presence in the town. After a wonder around the shops and afternoon tea, why not have a look at the River Dee as it flows underneath the town bridge. This has long been a favourite place for children to feed the ducks and have a paddle in the water. The are car parks and side streets available for parking.
A day in the Llangollen area is sure to be a memorable time for you and your family. You may also like to consider a day at The Great Orme Llandudno.