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Heritage Llangollen benefits from an interesting and important history, and offers the visitor an intriguing glimpse into the past. The narrow Dee Valley with the steam railway built by Thomas Brassey and Henry Robertson, the Holyhead road and Llangollen canal built by Thomas Telford, and Pickering's chain bridge, encompasses a microcosm of the Industrial Revolution as well as more ancient sites, including an Iron-Age hillfort, a Medieval abbey and a ruined castle. Llangollen is also blessed with an ancient language. Welsh Cymraeg (pronounced kum-rye-g) is one of the Brythonic languages which also include Breton and Cornish. The alphabet is slightly different from the English, so for example 'dd' is a letter pronounced like 'th' in 'the', 'f' is pronounced as 'v' and 'w' often acts as 'u'. To make the letter 'll' sound in Llangollen, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth and hiss! Situated near the border with England, Llangollen is not as Welsh-speaking as some areas but traditions such as the eisteddfod (pronounced ay-steth-vod) are still important aspects of our culture. Llangollen has a reputation for welcoming people, whether for a day or two or longer but since 1947 this small town has also welcomed the world to the International Eisteddfod in July. We are proud of our heritage and delighted to share it with our visitors. We look forward to meeting you!