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Llangollen Guide

Llangollen International Eisteddfod

It’s the biggest music festival you’ve never heard of, with groups from all over the world sharing their national folk traditions in a celebration that brings in around 50,000 visitors to Llangollen. The 4,000 performers has been running since 1947, and includes choirs, singers, folk dancers, and instrumentalists from about 50 different countries over the course of 6 days, and has attracted performers like Pavarotti, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Katherine Jenkins, McFly, and Lulu. See more here.

The Ladies of Llangollen

The two most famous Llangollen residents (not that there’s a huge amount of competition for the title). Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby were single ladies in the 18th century, a time in which single ladies weren’t as celebrated by Beyonce as they are today. Eleanor was, at the ripe old age of 39, facing being shipped off to a convent, and Sarah was in danger of being married to her middle-aged guardian, and so the two ran off to Llangollen, and built themselves one of the most famous and beautiful houses in Wales. Despite being far more concerned with reading, studying, and learning, their house became something of a social hub, with as many as 20 visitors a day coming by to see the two women – including people like William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Sir Walter Scott, and the Duke of Wellington. Their house is no less popular now, as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Llangollen.

The Canal

If you want to take part in one of the oldest traditions for visitors to Llangollen, head down to the Wharf. Since 1884 horse drawn carriages have carried tourists alongside the canal, in a comfortable, relaxing walk along the picturesque bank.

Crow Castle

Wales has plenty of castles, but since this one has stuck around since medieval times, it’s well worth a look. The first building here was constructed way back in the Iron Age era, and there’s not much left of it now – if you want to get a feeling of the way it looked, quite a lot of imagination is necessary. However, the views out across Wales and Llangollen are spectacular. If that wasn’t enough, there are also numerous stories about fairies and giants attached to the castle… as well as claims that it’s the site of the Holy Grail, too. See more here.