Planning your visit

Address: Birch Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AA View on Google map

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Toilets: Toilets are available in the town centre

The attractive market town of Ellesmere stands on the banks of the charming Llangollen Canal in Shropshire. Ellesmere town enjoys an idyllic location next to The Mere, an enchanting lake which is part of ‘Shropshire's Lakeland'. For a day out with the kids, pack a picnic and walk along the Llangollen Canal to the Mere Visitor Centre - home to wildlife, rowing boats, manicured gardens, a children's play area and relaxing woodland walks.

But head to the town wharf junction with the main canal to take a second look at that collection of old historic canal buildings and old forge... it's still in use today by the Canal & River Trust for making some of the harder-to-find heritage metalwork for our 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, locks and bridges.

Things to do and see

Places to eat:

  • there's a good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Ellsemere's town centre just a few minutes walk up the wharf

Boat trips:

Picnic spot:

There are a few beches scattered near the canal


Wildlife spotting:

Thinking of feeding the resident ducks, coots and swans? Check our duck guide for what to and what not to feed them.

Getting here

By car - parking is available in the town centre

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