Chirk Aqueduct

Attraction in Wrexham, Shropshire

Contact Details

Tel:01978 292015

Web: www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk

Email: tic@wrexham.gov.uk

Postal Address:

Chirk

Wrexham

LL14 5BS

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Description

Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct is one of the two aqueducts within the World Heritage Site just a few miles downstream from Pontcysyllte. Completed in 1801, Chirk Aqueduct carries the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal high above the Ceiriog Valley and offers more beautiful views.

There is a car park just off Castle Road right opposite the aqueduct, and Chirk railway station is less than five minutes’ walk away, so it’s easily accessible. There is also a small visitor car park at Gledrid Bridge about half a mile along the towpath. This gives ramped access to the towpath and level walking all the way to Chirk Aqueduct. 

From the railway station, 14th century National Trust property Chirk Castle complete with medieval tower and dungeon, is about a 30minute walk away. There are a number of independent café’s and restaurants in the border town of Chirk, so you can get some quality sustenance to set you up for a canal side stroll or cycle ride.

Along the tow path you’ll pass picturesque cottages and can pop in to eat or drink in one of the welcoming pubs. A few yards into the tunnel next to Chirk Aqueduct and you’ll see, or rather not see, why it’s known as ‘The Darkie’! The tunnel is 420 metres of extreme darkness, so you may want to bring a torch. If you’re not scared of the dark, keep walking from Chirk to Froncysyllte and you can explore the other tunnel at Whitehurst too.

For more information about Chirk Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site, including handy public transport guide and map, visit www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk

  

Contact Details

Tel: 01978 292015

Web: www.pontcysyllte-aqueduct.co.uk

Email: tic@wrexham.gov.uk

Postal Address:

Chirk

Wrexham

LL14 5BS

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