Ultimate guide to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

12th August 2020

Looking for more information on what the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is, and where it’s located? We have answered all your questions in our detailed guide, from how high the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is to how to pronounce it, learn more now.

What is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct?

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct means ‘the bridge that connects’, which is located above the River Dee on the Llangollen Canal in Llangollen, Wales. This bridge was designed and built by Thomas Telford and Williams Jessop, and is deemed as one of the most remarkable monuments of the industrial revolution. As one of the 7 Wonders of the Waterway, this extraordinary aqueduct has been awarded World Heritage Site status – putting it in equal footing with the likes of the Great Barrier Reef. 18 stone piers support a 300m long trough where the canal runs, with the bridge itself 100 feet long and 125 feet high.

Frequently asked questions about the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Where is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct?

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is located in Llangollen, Wales; the full address is:

Station Road



LL20 7TY

How do you pronounce Pontcysyllte Aqueduct?

The World Heritage Site offers some friendly phonetic guidance on how to pronounce Pontcysyllte:


How high is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct?

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is situated 38m high above the River Dee in the Llangollen canal, making it the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain.

Is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct one way?

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is two way – allowing for boats to travel in both directions. However, there can be only one boat travelling in one direction at any time – meaning there is a first-come-first-served queueing system.

How to visit the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Cruising through the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct couldn’t be easier with one of our routes from ABC Boat Hire. We have various routes to Llangollen including our Llangollen & Return from Whitchurch Marina – which is a 7-night trip with a cruising time of 4 hours per day – and our Llangollen & Return from Wrenbury  Mill – which is another 7-night trip with a cruising time of 5.5 hours per day.

For more information on our midweek breaks in Wales, or to explore more of our Wales canal boat holiday locations, get in touch with a member of our helpful team today.

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