The team have installed new hanging flowerpots and tree planters as well as giving the Visitor Centre itself a refurbishment both inside and out.
With Pontcysyllte Aqueduct's status as a World Heritage Site meaning it ranks alongside iconic structures as Stonehenge and the Pyramids, the visitor book at the refurbished Visitor Centre shows it attracts tourists from over 52 countries with Australians and Japanese usually heading the international league table. This year the team at the Trust is expecting a bumper season with domestic tourism set for a boost as people take staycations within the UK.
A major boost for the local economy
Lynda Slater, our destination supervisor, said: “With the visitor centre closed during lockdown, we decided it was the perfect time to give it a makeover. The aqueduct provides a major boost for the local economy, and the Visitor Centre gives those arriving a warm welcome as it tells the story of the site and how the aqueduct was built over 200 years ago, and the work we do today as a charity to look after it.
“Research shows that being next to water makes us all happier and heathier and, now the visitor centre is back open, we can't wait to have a lovely long spring and summer season of welcoming local people and visitors to the area and introducing them to the canal and the UNESCO World Heritage site.”