Things to do

There is lots to see and do at all times of the year in and around Llangollen. The Bryn Howel Hotel is the perfect base for exploring Llangollen and the nearby North Wales countryside. Blessed with some of the best views in The United Kingdom you are close by to Betws y Coed, The North Wales Coast and even Chester, Wrexham and Shrewsbury are just short drives away.

Why not take a trip on The Llangollen Canal taking in the spectacular views of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct built by Thomas Telford or take a leisurely trip on a horse drawn boat taking in all the sites. At The Llangollen Railway you can enjoy a bygone time and even meet Thomas The Tank Engine! The Railway is run by volunteers and operates trains along the banks of the River Dee from Llangollen to Carrog through some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.

Take an easy walk along the towpath of The Llangollen Canal or through the bustling, historic town of Llangollen. This beautiful town boasts a steam railway, horse-drawn canal boat trips, historic buildings including the Castle and the Abbey, white-water canoeing and spectacular walks for all ages and abilities. Just a short distance along the canal in the other direction is the most dramatic sight on the whole of the UK’s canal system, Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct carries the canal over a distance of 1000 feet at a height of 126 feet over the valley below. (Boat trips over the aqueduct are available)

Visit Plas Newydd, Home of the Ladies of Llangollen (1780-1829), celebrated countrywide as their romantic friendship became known throughout Regency society. The house retains the Gothic features they introduced, while the grounds contain the peace and tranquillity they sought. Stable Tea Room also available. Or delve into history with Valle Crucis Abbey, Valley of the Cross, takes its name from the nearby 9th century Pillar of Eliseg. A visit to this fascinating site evokes the lives of the Cistercian Monks. The Abbey lies serenely two miles outside Llangollen at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass.

Spectacular scenery, mountains, waterfalls, cascading rivers, canals, horse-drawn boats, steam railways, slate mines, ancient history, industrial history, historic buildings, excellent walks for all ages and abilities are just some of the delights that await you. North Wales also has a spectacular coastline and it is all so easily accessible whilst using our hotel as a base.

“Great stay friendly staff excellent food and spotless. Hotel has plenty of history and character. The hotel is situated next to the canal set in beautiful countryside but still easy access to decent roads to get about. Will definitely be back.”

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