Llangollen is a cosy and vibrant town in Denbigshire, Wales. Surrounded by the River Dee and in full view of the Berwyn Mountain range, this is the perfect destination for a self catering holiday full of outdoor adventure for friends and families. Go white-water canoeing and kayaking on the Welsh waters, or opt for some cricket, football – or even rugby! – on the wonderful pavilion green. Experience the mountain terrain on your bike, or take in the entire view in one big panorama by going paragliding. Take the kids to The Dragon’s Den Play Centre which houses two big slides, a soft play area and much more – including a café with WiFi for any patiently waiting grown-ups! Alternatively, spend a lazy afternoon strolling through the town to try the local cuisine, such as deliciously sweet Bara birth bread. While you are there, buy some fresh, locally-caught trout to cook in your holiday cottage.
The ‘Llan’ in ‘Llangollen’ has religious connotations, tracing back to the town’s past, where Saint Collen, a 6th century monk, founded a riverside church. Visit the medieval Castell Dians Bran to learn more about the area’s history, fascinatingly built upon much more ancient Iron Age grounds. These sights are gorgeous during the summertime, which also happens to be festival season. Visit Llangollen in the second week of July and you will be just in time for the International Eisteddfod Parade, a true Welsh treat with plenty of music, dancing and singing. The Fringe Festival is also held in July, as is Dee Rocks, held in the town hall, perfect to reach from your holiday cottage. Llangollen is great for cultural appreciation of all kinds, with live music often playing in local pubs – best enjoyed, of course, with a cool pint. A splendid holiday destination for families and friends, Llangollen has something to keep everyone entertained – both for those looking to be kept on their toes, or for those looking for the exact opposite!