Top Christmas ideas in Llangollen

Explore the little town of Llangollen, set on the side of the River Dee this picturesque town is an ideal location for a Christmas break. With an abundance of independent shops, cafes and cultural attractions, as well as the town’s Christmas festival in November, there's plenty of festive fun to be had. Here are ten top reasons to visit Llangollen this Christmas.

  • Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in snow

    Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in winter, Wrexham, North Wales Borderlands

    It was only recently that Pontcysyllte Aqueduct joined the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Take an early morning canal barge ride along the ‘stream in the sky’ and gaze out over River Dee and the frosty peaks beyond.

  • Llangollen's Santa Special train arriving at the station
    Llangollen's Santa Train, North Wales Borderlands by Sarah Baker

    It might not be his preferred form of transport but each year Santa takes time out to visit Llangollen Railway. Throughout December a very festive steam train will whisk families off to Lapland, while Saint Nick hands out gifts to the kids and mulled wine and mince pies to parents.

  • The Corn Mill next to the River Dee in Llangollen
    The Corn Mill, Llangollen, Borderlands by Ian10B

    Llangollen has lots of pubs and bars for a well-deserved Christmas drink. Two favourites are the Corn Mill, right on the river, which in true pub-style serves drinks on Christmas Day. Another top pick, for their luxurious, sophisticated drinks menu is manorhaus, who serve seasonal cocktails and hot toddies.

  • Kayakers and white water rafters tackling rapids on the River Dee, Llangollen
    River Dee, LLangollen, Borderlands by Eagle 42

    Who says adventure sports can’t be done in winter? Show the ‘big freeze’ who’s boss by taking to the River Dee and trying your hand at everything from canoeing and kayaking to white-water rafting with a ProAdventure professional. Think of it as working off Christmas lunch before you’ve even had it!

  • Plas Newydd courtyard
    Plas Newydd, Llangollen by A Curious Mind

    Put your shopping worries to one side and spend an hour or two wandering the grounds of the Plas Newydd, former home of the famous Ladies of Llangollen. The gardens are particularly beautiful on a crisp winter’s day, and a potter around the dell is sure to cure you of your festive stresses.

  • Exterior of Porter's Deli, Llangollen
    Porters Deli, Llangollen, Borderlands by Tedesco57

    If you’ve left your present buying to the very last minute, Llangollen just might hold the answer. Head over to Porters Delicatessen for Mediterranean food with a local twist, or check out the locally produced gifts and jewellery on offer at Llangollen Country Market.

  • Castell Dinas Bran in North East Wales
    Castell Dinas Bran, North East Wales by Dyaln Arnold

    Work off those mince pies with a relaxed stroll through the glorious Welsh countryside. History buffs should check out the Llangollen History Trail, while the 15-mile Dee Valley Way and North Berwyn Way links Llangollen with nearby Corwen and can be completed in sections if you’d prefer to pace yourself. Find out more about walking in Llangollen.

  • The outside and garden of the Cottage Tea Rooms, Llangollen
    Cottage Tea Rooms, Llangollen, Borderlands by spectrefloat

    You’ve worked hard this Christmas, which is why no one would blame you for stopping in at the cosy Cottage Tea Rooms for a traditional cream tea. Apparently there’s a secret ingredient in the scones that makes them particularly delicious – you might need to sample three or four before guessing.

  • Llangollen has inspired many a local photographer with its rugged scenery. Why not book in for a few nights at Manorhaus where you can pick up one of the local photographs that adorn the halls before heading out (camera in hand, perhaps) to find your own source of inspiration.