The LimeKilns Cafe & Caterers

Local Activities

After you’ve enjoyed your refreshments in the cafe why not pop next door and have a look around the Beaverz Ally reclamation yard and find interesting items or unique gifts! For more information visit the Beaverz Ally website:

There are many walks in the area and the cafe is a good starting point to access Ty mawr country park Chirk castle llangollen ceriog valley the whole if the world heritage site as we are situated centrally. There are walks for all fitness levels from the flat of the tow path high up over the quarries and mountains over difficult terrain for those experienced walkers.

  • Ty Mawr Country Park
  • Chirk Castle
  • Llangollen
  • Ceriog Valley
  • World Heritage Site
  • The Old Limekilns Quarries

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Limestone Quarries & The Limekilns

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century with the development of the canal and the pontcysyllte aqueduct came the expansion of the lime production industry in the areas of Trevor Uchaf and Cysyllte, making use of the coal imported for the Ruabon coal field. Canal side limekilns were built and set in operation on the south side of the valley at Froncysyllte. The village of Fron was built from the industrial revolution and the houses that form the village were built for the workers of the quarries and limekilns. The Kilns were built to process lime for both agricultural and industrial purposes, transported via the canal as far as Cheshire, Staffordshire and the midlands. The limekilns ceased in operation during the second world war as their glow was to bright and too much of a marker for German bombers seeking out the nearby Brymbo steel works. The kilns were supplied by stone quarries from the isolated outcrop of limestone at the Pen y Graig quarries on the hillside above Froncysyllte, transported downhill by a series of tram roads and inclines. Once at the kilns the limestone was fed into the kilns at the top in alternating layers of limestone and fuel, that being Ruabon local coal, and was heated up to temperatures of 1100 degree centigrade, and burnt for days sometimes even weeks before the resulting lime that was extracted was taken from the base of the kiln through the ‘eye’ or hole. Once the lime had been removed it was used not only for agricultural purposes but to sweeten acidic soil and make them more fertile, but it was also used as mortar for buildings as a render to waterproof the outsides. Lime wash, lime mixed water was used to paint on the interior walls to brighten them, hence the term lime wash.

The local lime industry underwent a decline at about the end of the 19th century though quarrying for limestone was to continue at the Pen y Graig quarries up to the 1950’s. The quarries were closed in 1965.

The quarries up above the limekilns and the top of the village are no longer in use but are a treasure for hikers, as from up in these old quarries you can view the Dee valley in all its glory from the vale of Llangollen, with it outstanding castell Dinas Bran to Trevor, Cefn Mawr, Chirk and beyond. After visiting the old limekilns and enjoying refreshments at the Limekilns cafe & Caterers, take a walk up through the woodlands where remains of the old tram roads which were used for transporting the quarried rock can still be seen along with the ruins of the old stations and small kilns. Continue high up above the village and you will reach the old quarries, explore and discover just how great these quarries are, and take in the breath-taking views of this newly acclaimed world Heritage site.


Visit the links below for more information of the activities local to us!

Home – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site – Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site | Places to visit | Canal & River Trust

The Pontycysyllte Aqueduct | World Heritage Site, Wales, UK

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal – UNESCO World Heritage Centre