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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor,
Denbighshire, Wales

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Trevor, Llangollen Canal Section of the Shropshire Union.

Pontcysyllte pronunciation, Anglicised (pont - ker- sill - it)

Trevor Wharf and Canal Basin is about 4 miles from Llangollen on A539 or A5 at Froncysyllte following the brown heritage signs
The Georgian and Victorian engineer, Thomas Telford, designed and co-built the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct at Trevor near Llangollen in 1795 during the reign of George III. This fantastic structure continues to be the canal system's masterpiece of Georgian engineering. Taking about 10 years to build, the first stone being laid in late July 1795.
The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, pronounced pont - ker- sill - it, takes its name from a small triple arched bridge a short distance up the River Dee and, literally in Welsh, means 'Bridge of Cysyllte'.

To watch narrowboats crossing the deep River Dee gorge is an impressive sight, even today, over 200 years after the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was built. A great way to get the full experience of the place is to walk along the towpath which extends across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - but this does require a reasonable head for heights!
'Jones the Boats' runs return public trips between Easter and October over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct aboard Narrowboat 'Eirlys' from Trevor Wharf, normally operating hourly at 14.00, 15.00 and 16.00 at weekends and daily during the school holidays. On board you can hear live commentary, take tea or use the bar facilities.

Tel: 01691 690322 for 'Jones the Boat' enquiries and reservations.


Read more about: Construction of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct or read about: other Aqueducts in the UK