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The Local Area

Eliseg’s Pillar – This ancient monument is in the field opposite the Hotel and is over 1,000 years old. The inscription tells it was erected by Cyngen, Prince of Powys, in memory of his father, Eliseg. Cyngen died in 854 on a pilgrimage to Rome.

Valle Crucis Abbey – Five minute’s walk reveals the lovely ruins of a Cistercian Abbey (right) This was founded in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffudd, Prince of Powys.

Horseshoe Pass – Two minute’s drive brings you to the magnificent Horseshoe Pass, some 1300 ft above sea level. From here are splendid views of the Vale of Llangollen and the farming village of Pentre Dwr can be seen nestling in the valley below.

Llangollen – (Where Wales meets the World)
Just 1/2 miles away is the small but bustling town of Llangollen, famous as the venue for the International Musical Festival held each July. The town abounds with good shops, cafes and cosy pubs. Llangollen is set on the banks of the River Dee and has many unique attractions, a few of which are:-

Llangollen Bridge – Built in 1347 by John Trefor, this is one of the seven Wonders of Wales. Major canoeing events are held on this stretch of water, and the bridge makes an ideal viewing point.

Castell Dinas Bran (Crow Castle) – Perched 1,000 feet above the town and keeping a watchful eye on events, are the ruins of Crow Castle, which dates back to the 13th century.

Llangollen Canal – The picture on the right was taken upstream of the Llangollen Wharf, which is adjacent to the Llangollen Bridge. Horse-drawn boat rides are available between here and the HorseShoe Falls where the River Dee supplies water to the Canal. This is indeed a truly tranquil and relaxed mode of travelling.

Llangollen Steam Railway – Since 1975 much work has gone into restoration of the main line railway ( which was axed in the 1960′s) and there are now over seven miles of full gauge track open between Llangollen and Carrog. The views from the train over the surrounding valleys are both outstanding and unique. Thomas the Tank weekends and Santa Specials feature in the programme.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - Completed in 1805, this is the longest and highest aqueduct in Great Britain. It is 1007 ft long and 126 ft high and carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee. Take a walk across it, or travel across in a Canal Boat. The aqueduct is about five miles (10 minutes by car) from Abbey Grange.

Pistyll Rhaeadr - Another of the Seven Wonders of Wales, this impressive waterfall, at 240 ft. is the highest in Wales. It is near to the market town of Oswestry.

Snowdonia National Park - A large protected area of outstanding beauty, the centre-piece being Eryri, or Home of the Eagles. At 3560 ft this is the highest peak in England and Wales. There is a Rack-and-Pinion railway (the only one in the British Isles) travelling to the Summit. Around half a million people, one way or another, go up Snowdon every year.

Coastal Resorts - ‘Day Visits’ can be made to many sea-side resorts, including Rhyl, Colwyn bay and Llandudno.

Towns and Shopping- The walled roman city of Chester, and the market towns of Wrexham and Oswestry are within easy reach.


Llangollen Brewery

Llangollen Brewery, they only use
the finest ingredients and local underground water source to produce our distinctive Country Ales. The family run Brewery has kept alive the historical tradition of brewing in Llangollen.
Visit Llangollen Brewery

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