Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site

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This book is also available in Welsh:
Dyfrbont a Chamlas Pontcysyllte Safle Treftadaeth Byd

An icon of the world’s waterways, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. This 11 mile ribbon of historic features includes breathtaking aqueducts, tunnels, embankments and cuttings, winding its way through some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain.

Wherther you want to find fascinating places to see in the World Heritage site or to walk, cycle or boat its full lenght, this official guide will help you to get the most from your visit. As well as providing maps and authoritative information, it explains the history of this innovative canal, how it was built by the great engineers William Jessop and Thomas Telford, and how it contributed to the world’s first Industrial Revolution.


  • How to use this guide
  • The first industrial nation
  • World Heritage site status
  • Canals and engineering in the Industrial Revolution
  • A history of Pontcysyllte
  • Places to visit
  • Timeline
  • Further reading
  • Acknowledgements
  • Features


Author Peter Wakelin, 2015
Cover Softback
Size 200 x 170mm
Pages 144
Illustrations 160
ISBN 9781784611750