Skip to Content

Horseshoe Falls In Wales – A Complete Guide

Horseshoe Falls in Wales is a picturesque weir on the River Dee, situated close to the pretty town of Llangollen. Here is a complete guide.

How To Get To Horseshoe Falls

Located on the River Dee, near to Llantysilio, Horseshoe Falls is a 460ft (140m) picturesque weir designed to draw water from the River Dee into the Llangollen canal.

On Foot

There are many scenic walks in this area that take in Horseshoe Falls along the way.

One of the popular and prettiest is the 2 mile (3.2km) walk along the towpath from nearby Llangollen town to Horseshoe Falls.

Car

Horseshoe Falls can be accessed from the Llantysilio Green Car Park (LL20 8B).

Open from 7am to 7pm, charges are:

Up to 2 hours £1.

All day £3.

Free parking for National Trust members.

Public toilets are available at this car park.

Train

Ruabon is the nearest train station with a taxi ride to Llangollen.

Horse Drawn Boat

As of the 26th March, at weekends and on some weekdays, you can book a trip on a horse drawn boat leaving from Llangollen Wharf.

From here you can take a unique and leisurely 2 hour boat trip to Horseshoe Falls.

Adult: £14.00

Child: £10.00

Family Ticket: £44 (2 adults + 2 children aged 3-15)

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Horseshoe Falls Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Horseshoe Falls.

Horseshoe Falls Opening Times

Horseshoe Falls is open all day, every day.

We would recommend caution by the water especially after dark.

Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
The walk down from the car park.

Best Times To Visit Horseshoe Falls

Horseshoe Falls is a popular tourist attraction so gets busy at weekends and during the school holidays.

We would recommend visiting early in the day or in the evening, during the summer.

You can enjoy lots of water activities, especially during the warmer weather.

It’s a great place to take your dogs. As well as a pretty spot to have picnic.

Access can be difficult for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
Exploring the area around the bottom of the falls.
Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
The view from eye level when standing at the foot of the falls.

Horseshoe Falls History

Completed in 1808, Horseshoe Falls is a 460ft (140m) long masterpiece of engineering by civil engineer Thomas Telford.

This horseshoe shaped weir was designed to draw water from the River Dee into the canal and it became a stunning addition to the landscape.

Since 2009, the weir has been part of a World Heritage Site which covers 11 miles (18 km) of the Llangollen Canal from just west of Horseshoe Falls to just beyond Chirk Aquaduct.

Today, around 12 million gallons of water are drawn in here each day from the River Dee to supply water to the canals, and to help supply south Cheshire with drinking water.

Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
Horseshoe Falls in Wales in all its glory.
Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
The bridge connecting various areas of the falls.
Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
The water was a little too cold for a dip when we visited.

What To Expect At Horseshoe Falls In Wales

We visited Horseshoe Falls on the first stop on our Wales itinerary on the way to The Great Orme.

The setting at Horseshoe Falls in Wales is very pretty. The lovely grassy banks are a great place to relax and enjoy a picnic whilst taking in the beautiful scenery.

It’s not what you’d picture of a traditional ‘waterfall’ but more of a flat river bed with some tiers. If you’re looking for something a bit taller and more powerful we recommend visiting Aber Falls.

It’s very easy to access and only 100m from the carpark, although it is located on quite a steep hill.

If you are looking for something more active, you could spend some time here, weather permitting, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding or walking one of the many picturesque trails.

In the local area you will find plenty of activities to keep you busy, including horse drawn boat trips, steam train rides and beautiful walks.

A visit to the historical and popular town of Llangollen is also recommended whilst in the area.

Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
Exploring the many trails surrounding Horseshoe Falls.
Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
A old rope swing we found. Use it at your own risk!
Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall
A great place to add to your Wales itinerary.

Where To Stay In North Wales

Luxury

Cottage Apartment by Seaside Llandudno

Situated in Llandudno, just 400 yards from Llandudno North Shore Beach, Cottage Apartment by Seaside Llandudno features beachfront accommodation with a terrace and free WiFi.

The property has city views and is less than 0.6 miles from Llandudno Pier and a 7-minute walk from Leisure Parks.

The apartment features 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, bed linen, towels, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with garden views.

Guests at the apartment can enjoy hiking and skiing nearby, or make the most of the garden.

Mid-Budget

Belmont Llandudno

Situated in Llandudno in the Gwynedd Region, 200 yards from Llandudno Pier, Belmont Llandudno features a terrace and guests can enjoy the on-site bar.

Each room has a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Every room is equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath or shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Belmont Llandudno features free WiFi .

There is a 24-hour front desk at the property.

The hotel also offers bike hire. Llandudno General Hospital is 1.1 miles from Belmont Llandudno, while Leisure Parks is 100 yards away.

Budget

No 6 Quality Guesthouse

Located in Llandudno, within 450 yards of Llandudno Pier and 550 yards of Leisure Parks, No 6 Quality Guesthouse provides accommodation with a shared lounge and a garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house features family rooms.

At the guest house, every room is equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom.

A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at No 6 Quality Guesthouse.

For more places to stay in Wales, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


Pin It For Later

Horseshoe Falls In Wales Waterfall