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


Planning your visit

Address: Birch Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9AA

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.

Great for

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking


Market town, Mere, Visitor Centre, Old Forge, tunnel, Meres & Mosses (natural nature reserve), historic canal buildings, marina

Spot a boat

A good place to spot boats year round


  • Town centre

    A good selection of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Ellsemere town centre

Boat trips

Picnic spot

There are none near the canal


  • Sculpture Trail

    Details from visitor centre


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens


Parking is available in the town centre