We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Discover the aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and the Trevor Basin on the Llangollen Canal have World Heritage Status. That means it’s as important as Stonehenge!

Photo of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte logos x 2 2017And it’s our job as the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for over 2,000 miles of historic waterways across England and Wales, to work with UNESCO and our local partners to look after Ponty and Trevor Basin. Not just for boaters and the local community, but for everyone. After all, there’s more to the Llangollen Canal than meets the eye.

The aqueduct is actually one of the seven wonders of our waterways. Its story is as amazing as its architecture. So thanks to your generous donations and our own army of dedicated volunteers, we run the Visitor Centre in the Trevor Basin, next to the aqueduct.

Trevor Basin visitor centreAs well as a treasure trove of curious artifacts dating all the way back to its construction, you can see, hear and watch ‘Stories from the Aqueduct’ as well as a superb animation of how the Victorian engineers solved the problem of building a canal so high in the sky. After which, you can challenge your kids to building it themselves with our fantastic wooden ‘build the aqueduct’ puzzle.

Passionate about history?

Read all about the history of our canals and rivers. But we suggest you start with our story and who built the stream in the sky (or should that be why?)

Last date edited: 9 May 2017