Worth a visit: April 2019

By Lucy Oliver

This month, explore the picturesque town of Llangollen.

This quaint Welsh town on the River Dee is famous for the canal navigating the English border (the busiest in Britain) and since Georgian times, visitors have enjoyed the sights of this inland resort.

For visitors to Llangollen Wharf, there is the opportunity of a canal-boat trip across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. Looking down on the Dee Valley, the Grade I-listed stone and cast-iron structure is the longest and highest aqueduct in the UK.

Back in town, a more modest spot is the Holy Cross Catholic Church on Oak Street – a parish which has taken the name from the local Cistercian abbey, founded around 700 years before, Valle Crucis. The church was established on its present site in 1958, and built through the volunteering efforts and donations of Catholics from ‘Liverpool to Llangollen’.

If you’re feeling adventurous, a walk up to the ruins of the medieval Castell Dinas Bran rewards you with views overlooking the town. Below, the heritage railway is also well worth visiting for the sights and sounds of the steam trains. And don’t leave without stopping off for refreshments; treat yourself to afternoon tea at the Carriage Tearooms.