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HORSE DRAWN BOATS

The Horse Drawn Boats have been operating from Llangollen Wharf since 1884. The business was started by Captain Jones when he was invalided  our of the White Star Line. Because of his injuries he used a boat to get into Llangollen and soon realised that there was demand for boat trips. Horse Drawn Boat Trips have been operating ever since. In the early part of the 20th Century they were part of the transport system connecting with trains at Chirk Station. The horse boats are no longer allowed to cross Pontcysyllte Aqueduct so now operate in the other direction towards the Horseshoe Falls. Trips over the Aqueduct are carried out on a motor boat twice a day. There are also self drive hire boats availble for trips over the Aqueduct. This length of canal was declared a World Heritage Site in 2014

WORLD HERITAGE SITE

boat2Although the outstanding feature of the World Heritage Site is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct the site actually runs from Gledrid Bridge near Rhoswiel to the Horseshoe Falls on the River Dee. Most of the site (10.5 miles/17 kilometres) lies within Wales the remaining 0.5 miles/1 kilometre is in England. The main features of the site are Chirk Aqueduct and Tunnel, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Horseshoe Falls demonstrating the very best of late 18th century engineering. However the magnificent scenery of the Dee Valley is an important feature of the area which draws people back time after time. The very best of the World Heritage Site can be enjoyed on the boat trips from Llangollen Wharf. Also within the Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site corridor we have several other places of local interest such as the following

  • Dinas Bran Castle - of alleged King Arthur fame.
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
  • The Horseshoe Pass
  • Llangollen Steam Railway
  • Plas Newydd, home of the Famous Ladies of Llangollen.