Llangollen Wharf

Telephone: 01978 860702

LlangollenWharf is one of the major attractions in the North Wales market town of Llangollen. From the Wharf you can embark on either a horse drawn boat trip along the feeder for the main canal, or a motorised aqueduct cruise which will take your party across the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.


Built by Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805 the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is the country’s biggest navigable aqueduct towering a massive 126ft above the River Dee, supported on 18 stone piers and listed as a world heritage site.

 Both trips take in the magical sights and sounds of the beautiful Llangollen Canal and are suitable for all Keystages supporting National Curriculum subjects including history, geography, science, business studies - tourism and leisure. Visitors have enjoyed trips from the Wharf for 100 years and the experience is like stepping back in time.

There are three different boats trips available from the Wharf:

- 45 minute Horse Drawn Boat Trip- leaves the Wharf westwards for 1 mile before the horse changes ends and brings the boat back. This length of canal is not used by motor boats so the water is crystal clear and there are often fish to be seen. The boat passes the Royal International Pavilion and under 2 bridges before running alongside the steam railway. This trip is suitable for all ages and can run any time between 10.00am and 3.00pm by arrangement.


- 2 hour Horse Drawn Boat Trip- goes in the same direction but continues along the Dee valley passing under 2 more bridges and crossing a small aqueduct before arriving at the Chain Bridge Hotel. A scheduled stop here allows you to admire the chain bridge across the River Dee, and marvel at the man-made Horseshoe Falls, created by Thomas Telford. This is the most beautiful stretch of canal and the horse drawn trip is the perfect way to see it. This trip can run at any time between 10.00am and 2.00pm by arrangement but is not suitable for very young children.


- 2 hour Aqueduct Trip- is a motor boat cruise on the "Thomas Telford" and goes in the opposite direction to the Horse Drawn Boat Trips. A live commentary from your skipper gives you the history, local knowledge and up to date gossip along the way. The journey finishes over the famous and thrilling Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, built by Telford in 1805 and unsurpassed in its simplicity and engineering achievement. The trip is one way so your transport will drop you off at one end and pick you up at the other.

The boats are All Weather and the Horse Boats are wheelchair friendly. There are information and activity packs available to complement all school trips. Prices start from just £3.00 per pupil with one adult place free with ten students.


Key Information

  • Full public liability insurance
  • 3 different boat trips available
  • Suitable for all Key Stages
  • National curriculum subjects covered inc. History, Geography, Science, Business, Tourism & Leisure
  • Boats are wheelchair-friendly

Additional Information

Address: Llangollen Wharf, Wharf Hill, Llangollen, Denbigshire LL20 8TA
Telephone: 01978 860702
The area/s in which this provider is available are:North West, Wales

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