Attractions local to Blackwater Meadow


The medieval town of Ellesmere and the surrounding area has so much to offer.

Ellesmere itself has cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings, Georgian town houses and unusual, privately owned shops – from old fashioned bakeries and ironmongers to sweetshops still selling gobstoppers from a jar! Every Tuesday there is a market – which has been held since 1221!  From a light lunch or snack to a full candlelit dinner there are plenty of restaurants and pubs to choose from as well.

The Meres (just another word for lake really) are spectacular. Formed by glaciers thousands of years ago, they are filled with icy water and are home to an abundance of wildlife which can be viewed either from the comfort of the Visitor Centre or by taking one or more of the specially signposted walks. Rowing boats are available for hire and fishing is popular too. The area is also quite flat so good for cycling.

Only a short drive away is the world famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, which enjoys World Heritage Site status (equal to sites like the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids) and is a truly magnificent sight – and Chirk Castle, built in 1310, there are still people living in it today!

There are many other villages around to visit, plus the lovely Llangollen canal which runs through Ellesmere right through to Llangollen.

Whatever your fancy takes, be it shopping, dining out, walking, fishing, cycling, wildlife we are sure you will love staying here.

Pontsycyllte Aqueduct

Red Lion Coaching Inn

The Brow Golf Club


Meres Visitor Centre

The Boathouse Restaurant

Chirk Castle

National Cycleway number 31 (now re-numbered 455) passes through Ellesmere Town. Click here for more information