Pontcysyllte aqueduct gets World Heritage status

Stunning 200-year-old aqueduct built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop gets special World Heritage status

The 200-year-old Pontcysyllte aqueduct and canal near Llangollen in Wales has been designated Britain’s latest World Heritage site.

The structure, built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1795 and 1805, is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain and was constructed to take narrowboats above the River Dee.

Around 16,000 narrowboats use the aqueduct every year.

The aqueduct and canal is the 28th World Heritage-inscribed site in the UK, and the third in Wales. The other two are Blaenavon Industrial Landscape and the Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd.