Trains to Llangollen Canal 

Looking for a scenic getaway? Llangollen Canal, with its stunning views and rich history, is the perfect destination. Easily accessible by train, this beautiful waterway offers a unique blend of nature and engineering marvels.

This guide will help you find the best way to travel here and explore the many activities available. We will even share how you can save on your journey with us.

How to get to Llangollen Canal

Getting to Llangollen Canal is a breeze with Avanti West Coast. The nearest train station to Llangollen is Chirk, which can be reached directly from Chester Station. Whichever station you arrive at, you can be sure of a charming journey through the countryside.

From these stations, you can take a short taxi ride or enjoy a scenic walk to reach the canal.

For those who prefer to drive, there's parking available near Llangollen town centre and Horseshoe Falls. The area also has facilities for boats, making it accessible for all kinds of travellers.

What to do at Llangollen Canal

Llangollen Canal offers a trove of activities and is perfect for a fun-filled day out.

Start your adventure by exploring the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This engineering marvel offers stunning views from both foot and boat. It's an experience that combines history with breathtaking scenery.

For those who love the water, the canal is ideal for boating and water sports. You can hire a day boat, or for a unique experience, take a horse-drawn boat trip.
Adventure-seekers will enjoy the thrill of white water rafting or the calm of paddleboarding. But for a more relaxed experience, the canal's gentle waters are perfect for family outings.

If you prefer to stay on land, the towpath alongside the canal is great for leisurely walks or cycling. It's a serene way to enjoy the countryside, with plenty of scenic spots to take in the natural beauty.

For history buffs, the nearby towns of Llangollen and Chirk are full of historic sites like Castell Dinas Bran and Valle Crucis Abbey. And if you’re a wildlife lover, the canal and its surroundings are a haven for birds and other wildlife.

Keep an eye out for ducks, coots, and even green woodpeckers. There are also lovely spots along the canal perfect for a family picnic.

When it's time to refuel, there are many charming eateries and pubs on the Llangollen Canal. Enjoy a delicious meal at The Corn Mill or The Chainbridge Hotel, both offering beautiful views and a warm atmosphere. The Sun Trevor is a cosy pub, ideal for relaxing after a day of exploring.

About Llangollen Canal

Llangollen Canal is a marvel of the Industrial Revolution and a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also renowned for having the highest navigable aqueduct in Britain, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

The canal itself spans 46 miles and features 21 locks. This has made it into a testament to engineering ingenuity and natural beauty.

Built in stages from 1793, the canal was initially designed to transport limestone and coal. It's now a popular destination for its picturesque landscapes and impressive engineering feats, including the Chirk Aqueduct and Tunnel.

Ways to save on your train ticket to Llangollen Canal

Set sail for a tranquil Llangollen Canal trip with our ways to make savvy savings. Start by exploring ticket options with Avanti's Journey Planner, ensuring you get the best fares.

Travelling Off-Peak is also a great way to cut costs and will let you enjoy the serene canal views without the rush-hour crowds. You could consider using a Railcard for further savings, up to a third on your travel. This makes it an ideal choice for regular adventurers.

Additionally, booking your train tickets in advance can unlock up to 70% discounts, making it a prudent choice for those planning ahead. And don’t overlook the benefits of the Group and Family Tickets, especially if you’re venturing with a larger party or with kids under five.

Get the Avanti app

Download the Avanti West Coast app for an even smoother journey. With the app, you can find the best fares, select seats, and manage your trip with ease. It's a hassle-free way to plan your visit to the stunning Llangollen Canal.

Getting to Llangollen 

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