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Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Wrexham

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The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (Welsh pronunciation: [ˌpɔntkəˈsəɬtɛ]; Welsh: Traphont Ddŵr Pontcysyllte) is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal across the River Dee in the Vale of Llangollen in northeast Wales.

The 18-arched stone and cast iron structure is for use by narrowboats and was completed in 1805 having taken ten years to design and build. It is 12 ft (3.7 metres) wide and is the longest aqueduct in Great Britain and the highest canal aqueduct in the world. A footpath runs alongside the watercourse on one side.
The aqueduct was to have been a key part of the central section of the proposed Ellesmere Canal, an industrial waterway that would have created a commercial link between the River Severn at Shrewsbury and the Port of Liverpool on the River Mersey. Although a less expensive construction course was surveyed further to the east, the westerly high-ground route across the Vale of Llangollen was preferred because it would have taken the canal through the mineral-rich coalfields of North East Wales. Only parts of the canal route were completed because the expected revenues required to complete the entire project were never generated. Most major work ceased after the completion of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in 1805.

The structure is a Grade I listed building and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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  • A place of interest, which took 10 years to be built, a good film how its all done is shown in the visitors center. Its possible to cross the aquaduct by foot and you get magnicent views on the... 
    A place of interest, which took 10 years to be built, a good film how its all done is shown in the visitors center. Its possible to cross the aquaduct by foot and you get magnicent views on the...  more »
  • It has been on my bucket list to walk across the Aqueduct since we sailed across in a narrow boat about ten years ago, wanted to be able to take more time just looking in awe at the marvelous feat of....  more
    It has been on my bucket list to walk across the Aqueduct since we sailed across in a narrow boat about ten years ago, wanted to be able to take more time just looking in awe at the marvelous feat of....  more »
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  • First visit to the aqueduct with my family, lovely to walk along the canal side and take in the stunning views. It really is quite breath taking when you stand next to the aqueduct at ground level, considering it's the tallest in the UK and took ten years to build. Quite a remarkable feat of engineering given the period it was constructed and the time it has been standing. We took the narrow boat tour, the guide gave a lively, informative and engaging commentary during the 45 minute trip. The location houses an on site gift shop, pub near by serving food and drinks, visitor centre, picnic areas, plus a tearoom located further along the bank. Plus several footpaths, ideal to explore the area further. One of which lead to Llangollen definitely one to explore during our next visit.
  • Stunning place! Beautiful walk across the via duct breath taking view! Lovely picnic areas , nice pub, nice little cafe very popular £3 to park for whole day. Highly recommended

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