Llangollen is known as a small town of handsome and substantial red brick buildings on the banks of the River Dee. Its highlights include the bridge, the heritage railway, the canal, Plas Newydd — the home of the Ladies of Llangollen — and the site of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Traces of its rich history are preserved in the street patterns and buildings, which give Llangollen its distinct character. Together, they help tell the story of the transition from a small rural town to a Georgian tourist destination and the rise and fall of a Victorian industrial boom town. Its twentieth-century reinvention as a tourist centre depends on this historic character, which should be cherished and respected for the benefit of future residents and tourists alike.
This study of the historic character ranges from its earliest parts through to more modern development. It can be used as guidance to inform future development both within the town and in the surrounding area. It should help to guide the management of change in listed and unlisted buildings within the conservation area as well as to act as guidance for design issues both within and beyond the conservation area.
There is also much of interest for anyone who simply wants to find out more about the history and historic character of Llangollen.