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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
Situated in north-eastern Wales, the 18 kilometer long Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is a feat of civil engineering of the Industrial Revolution, completed in the early years of the 19th century. Covering a difficult geographical setting, the building of the canal required substantial, bold civil engineering solutions, especially as it was built without using locks. The aqueduct is a pioneering masterpiece of engineering and monumental metal architecture, conceived by the celebrated civil engineer Thomas Telford. The use of both cast and wrought iron in the aqueduct enabled the construction of arches that were light and strong, producing an overall effect that is both monumental and elegant. The property is inscribed as a masterpiece of creative genius, and as a remarkable synthesis of expertise already acquired in Europe. It is also recognized as an innovative ensemble that inspired many projects all over the world.
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  • Well don't walk over it if you do not have a head for heights. Well worth the visit and the visitor centre is very informative with some great little displays and programs running. The social history ...  read more »
  • We've been here many times as a family for a lovely sunny walk followed by a drink in the local afterwards 
  • Visited here on what was a lovely Autumn day in September. Sun was shining, took the dog had a great walk along the canal and I took about 10 steps on the aquaduct but it was way to high for me .The o...  read more »
  • I never tire of walking around/over/under and across the mighty Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. The scenery is jaw-dropping. There are lots of designated footpaths that allow you to view this engineering wonder from all angles. There are well signed trails. There visitor centre is well worth a visit as it gives a good interpretation of the social/local history. You can get drinks and something to eat on-site. It can get busy as this is a designated world heritage site, coach loads of tourist (which is great for the local economy). Be warned, it can be crowded sometimes. Try outside main holidays or visit first thing. However, this is a must see attraction if you are in the area!
  • Glorious scenery, the perfect place for a week day walk, it gets very busy on the weekend and public holidays.. Avoiding these days is advisable!
  • Going over the aqueduct is great, though the path is very narrow so strollers are impossible to take if there are other people on it. The hike to the bottom is very easy and gives good views of the aqueduct.
  • A breathtaking bridge, and Trevor is a lovely town. If travelling by boat visit the big yellow Aqeduct Inn for excellent food and beer at very good prices. Moor as soon as you see the sign, cross the lift bridge and up the hill.
  • Beautiful place. Lots of history. Pub and coffee shop. Very busy and parking can be a nightmare.
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