AHNE Bryniau Clwyd / Clwydian Range AONB



Llangollen's outstandingly picturesque setting by the rushing River Dee, encircled by hills and watched over by the crag of Castell Dinas Brân, has made it one of Wales's most popular inland holiday resorts since late Georgian times.

Its name and origins go back to the 6th century, when the Welsh-Irish Saint Collen, hero of many myths and legends, founded his church (“Llan Collen”) here. Today the church is chiefly renowned for its fabulously carved early Tudor “angel roofs” and its monument to the “Ladies of Llangollen”.

The romantic lifestyle of this aristocratic Georgian pair, whose house Plas Newydd is now a visitor attraction, helped to found Llangollen's prosperity as a magnet for travellers. Now Llangollen is also famous as the focus of the annual International Musical Eisteddfod in July, where Wales welcomes the world in a colourful festival of song and dance, with competitors and participants from all corners of the globe.

International Eisteddfod

Four great highways meet at Llangollen: Telford's stage-coach road from London to Holyhead en route to Dublin, the River Dee, the Llangollen Canal and the restored steam railway which runs from the town as far as Carrog.

Llangollen also boasts a year-round programme of events including concerts, sporting fixtures and large-scale exhibitions, as well as choir rehearsals in local pubs.

Horseshoe Falls

If all this isn’t enough, the Horseshoe Falls (part of a World Heritage Site that stretches all the way to Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and beyond), Valle Crucis Abbey and King Eliseg's Pillar are all nearby. Waymarked walking routes link these and other treasures of the area.

Want to know more?

Exploring Llangollen leaflet

A town trail featuring 14 architectural treasures, information about Thomas Telford and the town’s historic transports links, a list of fascinating facts and an insight into the medieval masterpieces of Castell Dinas Brân and Valle Crucis Abbey.


Llangollen History Trail leaflet

Llangollen History Trail leaflet


Explore the history of Llangollen and the surrounding Dee Valley on this easy-to-follow, waymarked circular trail.



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