The town of Llangollen lies on the banks of the River Dee amongst outstanding scenery and has been a popular tourist destination for some 200 years. As a small Welsh town, it’s famed for its friendly welcome, independent shops, steam railway and a wide range of places to eat.
One of the most popular events in the town is the International Eisteddfod that takes place just around the corner from Squirrels Guest House in the Pafiliwn Llangollen each July. But the Pavilion hosts a very wide range of events throughout the year, so there’s always something to do.
For our active visitors, Llangollen and the surrounding area offers superb opportunities for walking, cycling, canoeing and other leisure activities. Why not ask us about our packed lunches if you are going out exploring for the day? We even have a number of local Ordnance Survey maps available for you to borrow.
The world famous, 38 metre high Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a short trip outside of Llangollen and is an engineering wonder carrying the canal across the River Dee at Trefor. Why not take a boat trip in the sky or walk the towpath and marvel at the scenery and the River Dee below you?
But you don’t have to leave Llangollen town centre. A gentle stroll from Squirrels Guest House will take you across the River Dee with its stunning rapids where kayakers are often to be seen. Why not stop for an ice cream, snack or something a little stronger in one of many cafes, pubs and restaurants. Refreshed you can take a walk alongside the river on the Victoria Promenade, opened in 1897 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
A walk up Wharf Hill will take you to the Llangollen Canal where one of the last remaining horse drawn boat trips in the UK is available. Or if you prefer a motor driven experience, a narrowboat trip can take you across Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Alternatively, just take a stroll along the towpath at your leisure and soak in the atmosphere.
Talking of motors, why not visit Llangollen Motor Museum with its stunning display of motor vehicles.
Visit the famous Llangollen Railway just down the road from Squirrels Guest House where not only can you enjoy a trip of 10 miles each way on re-laid heritage track, but where you can even take the controls of a Class 08 Diesel Shunter and drive up and down Llangollen Station.
Not to be missed is Plas Newydd House and Gardens. Extended by and as the home of the ‘Ladies of Llangollen’, Plas Newydd hosts an exhibition of some of their possessions. The gardens are free to enter and no booking is required. There’s even a tearoom!
If you are visiting Llangollen and the area as part of your own family history research, then you almost certainly will want to visit the fabulous Llangollen Museum, their curators will help you use artefacts and records to add detail to your family tree.
Mwynhewch Enjoy Llangollen!