Train travelling along the Chester to Shrewsbury picturesque line
View of a wooded valley from Ponycysyllte
The Chirk Aqueduct and Viaduct on the Chester-Shrewsbury Line
Train travelling along the Chirk Viaduct on the Chester to Shrewsbury line
Chester - Shrewsbury
Chester - Shrewsbury
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Plan your trip

Take the train from Cardiff to Shrewsbury. Trains leave regularly throughout the day (look up times) and the journey takes approximately 2 hours.


Walking the aqueducts and tunnels of the Llangollen Canal (3½ mile walk)


Catch a morning train from Shrewsbury or Chester to Ruabon – leaving hourly, taking 30 minutes. Buses leave every 10 minutes or so from outside the station entrance for Llangollen. It takes 10 minutes to reach ‘The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct’– ask the driver where to get off. It is pronounced 'Pont-kus-sulth-the'.


From the bus stop follow the big brown sign to Pontcysyllte World Heritage Site. It is only a five-minute walk. Enjoy canal boats on the basin. There is also in the summer a snack bar and toilets. Boat trips can be taken from here or start your exciting walk.


You will need a good head for heights to cross the breathtaking 1007ft long aqueduct. Built by the famous Thomas Telford it carries the canal 126ft above the River Dee. Known as the ‘stream in the sky’.


Once on the other side, it’s an easy 3 mile canal towpath walk including some dark tunnels so a torch might be useful! You emerge from the long tunnel to see the lovely Chirk aqueduct and above it the viaduct for the Chester to Shrewsbury rail line.


A short walk that’s signposted, will bring you out in the village of Chirk where there are places to eat and shop. Chirk railway station is a short walk from the centre where trains run every hour to Chester and Shrewsbury. There are places to stay in the area and if you are staying over why not visit Chirk Castle? It’s a 30 minute very pleasant walk from Chirk Station or a short taxi ride.


Attractions along the Chester to Shrewsbury Line include:

Chester Zoo

Explore the UK's most visited zoo with over 15000 animals and 500 different species, originally opened in 1931.

Journey time – catch the X8 bus from Chester station direct to the zoo entrance


English Heritage Chester Castle

Explore this historic gem in the heart of Chester and the 12th-century Agricola Tower, the first stone gateway to Chester Castle.

Journey time – 23 minute walk from Chester station


National Trust Erddig Hall

Explore a much-loved home, garden and estate filled with the stories of a family and their servants.

Journey time – 38 minute walk from Wrexham station


Pontcysylte World Heritage Site

Walk alongside the stream in the sky. Don’t forget your camera!

Journey time – catch the TrawsCymru bus from Ruabon station


National Trust Chirk Castle

Magnificent medieval fortress of the Welsh Marches.

Journey time – 30 minute walk from Chirk station


Shrewsbury Castle

A red sandstone castle that is now home to the spectacular collections of the Shropshire Regimental Museum Trust including pictures, uniforms, medals, weapons and other equipment from the 18th Century to the present day.

Journey time – 2 minute walk from Shrewsbury station


Shrewsbury Abbey

This picturesque abbey was founded as a Benedictine Monastery by Roger de Montgomery in 1083.

Journey time – 16 minute walk from Shrewsbury station

Nearby heritage railways