Pen-y-Dyffryn Hotel is close to Llangollen, a picturesque and lively little Welsh town on the River Dee, and home to the annual Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod which takes place in July. The Vale of Llangollen is one of Wales' most beautiful valleys.
The town has a fine stone bridge across the River Dee, adjacent to which is the railway station, start of the eight mile journey to Carrog on the Llangollen Railway, the only standard gauge steam railway in North Wales.
Plas Newydd, a gothic timber-framed house open to the public, was once the home of two Irish aristocrats known as the Ladies of Llangollen. Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby invited the famous people of the 1780’s to their home, including Wellington, Shelley, Byron, Wordsworth and Scott.
A popular walk is that along the towpath of the Llangollen Canal to the Horseshoe Falls at Berwyn, or if you prefer, you can take a trip in a horse-drawn barge, starting at the Wharf.
Outside the town, at the foot of the Horseshoe Pass, lies the ruins of Valle Crucis Abbey. Or for those with a head for heights take a walk across Telford’s highest aquaduct at Pontcysyllte.
A good place for lunch is The Corn Mill just by the bridge, which has tables outside on decking right on top of the flowing River Dee. Watch the Heron fishing while you have lunch!