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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham

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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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  • One of World Heritage Site, for someone interested in old engineering, architectural design and so it should be 'must see' place. Height of construction and narrow path might deter some people. But wa...  more »
  • A group canoe trip included a crossing of the viaduct - what an experience. An information centre at Trevor Basin was really good - and a suitable picnic stop prior to paddling across the viaduct. Not...  more »
  • Not for everyone, but if you take the stroll across this very high aqueduct you'll be rewarded with stunning views both ways down the Ceiriog Valley. The walking path alongside the single boat stretch...  more »
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  • 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!
  • Pretty ace wandering over this with my son. Definitely plan to return here at some point. I imagine standing on the side of a boat without the guide rails on that side would be pretty exhilarating!
  • A great bit of British history. The walk from here to Llangollen is lovely and straight forward. Highly recommended for people with a few hours to enjoy the Welsh countryside.
  • If you can take a boat across this bridge do. It's amazing!
  • Stunning. The views are magnificent and the aquaduct itself is just brilliant. Plenty of walks around the area, tours across the aquaduct and a decent cafe and information point. Highly recommend.