Pontcysyllte Aqueduct boasts some pretty impressive stats...
With stories, hands on models, games and films, come and discover more about Ponty, how it was built - and why - at our free Trevor Basin Visitor Centre.
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.
As 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’. There's a superb animation of how the Victorian engineers solved the problem of building a canal so high in the sky. And you can even challenge your kids to building the aqueduct themselves with our fantastic hand-made, wooden ‘build the aqueduct’ puzzle.
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?)
You won’t need a head for heights to get involved and volunteer at the beautiful World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Trevor Basin Visitor Centre in North Wales.
From a few hours to something more regular, we’re looking for people of all ages and skills who can help out right along the 11 mile World Heritage Site of the Llangollen Canal. You’re always welcome to come along to our Visitor Centre, chat to staff and existing volunteers about the work and discover more about the range of tasks available.
Or go to our volunteering page now for full details and the opportunties avilable to get involved:
Last date edited: 19 February 2018