Llangollen is steeped in history. Above the town, on the north side of the River Dee is Castell Dinas Bran. Perched on top of a steep hill, it commands views along the Dee Valley from the Cheshire Plain to the East, across the town to the Berwyn and Llantisilio Mountains in the West.
Two miles or so to the North West along the A542 towards the Horseshoe Pass is Valle Crucis Abbey, founded by Cistercian Monks in 1201 and dissolved by Henry VIII in 1537.
Several hundred yards beyond the Abbey, on a knoll in the field to the right of the road, is Elisegs Pillar, a 9th century Christian memorial cross after which the Abbey is named.
Just up the Hill from the Railway Station is the Llangollen Canal, a place for peaceful walks, or less energetically, a trip in a horse-drawn canal boat.
The Horseshoe Falls is a picturesque semicircular weir designed by the famous engineer Thomas Telford in 1806 to supply water to the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. Until the coming of the railways, the canal was busy with narrowboats carrying slates to Birmingham and London.
Llangollen is steeped in history
Photo: John Rutter