Llangollen is located in the Vale of Llangollen around the banks of the River Dee. The town is famous for its annual International Eisteddfod, held every July to promote world peace through music, song, and dance. The river is a focal point of the town, and is a pleasant place to sit and enjoy ice cream or a picnic. A major sight in town is the ornate Plas Newydd, a bizarre structure with a mix of Tudor and Gothic styles that has beautiful formal gardens. You can also take the Llangollen Steam Railway on its 8-mile route to Carrog, passing through picturesque Berwyn and the Horseshoe Falls. Horse drawn canal trips leave from the Llangolen Wharf opposite the train station. Llangollen’s small Museum of Local History has interesting local heritage archives including Bronze Age artifacts. At the top of the hill in town sit the ruins of 16th century Castell Dinas Bran. The walk up the hill is phenomenal, and the views from the top are unparalleled. Nearby you can also enjoy the peaceful ruins of the 12th century Valle Crucis Abbey which also offers great views of the area. Llangollen offers many opportunities for outdoor activities, from canoeing, rock climbing, rafting, and more.