Eleven miles of World Heritage on the border of Shropshire and North Wales; the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal (including Chirk Aqueduct near Oswestry and the Horseshoe Falls at Llantysilio, near Llangollen) was awarded official UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2009.
It’s an exclusive club that includes world famous sites like the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, the Great Wall of China and the Ironbridge Gorge (our other World Heritage Site in Shropshire!).
UNESCO agreed that Pontcysyllte Aqueduct (pronounced ‘Pont-ker-suck-tay’ for non-Welsh speakers) represented a 'masterpiece of human creative genius' and that it was an outstanding example of a construction that 'illustrated a significant stage in human history.' We couldn’t agree more.
Built by Thomas Telford between 1795 and 1805, the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, known locally as the ‘River in the Sky’ is regarded as one of Telford's greatest achievements. A cast iron trough on top of 18 stone piers carries the Shropshire Union Canal 126 foot above the river Dee.
Take an exhilarating canal boat trip across Pontcysyllte (just remember your head for heights and a camera to capture the fantastic views) or walk across the 1007 foot long structure. The scenery is breathtaking.
Browse around the canalside and information centre at Trevor Basin, the mooring which adjoins Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.