Known as the "Crossroads
of North Wales", Corwen is located on a flood
plain, at the junction of five river valleys.
It was once the base of the Welsh leader Owain
Glyndwr whose troops harassed the English
troops of Henry II into retreating back to
England in the fifteenth century.
The town had its heyday during the Victorian period when it was the main hub for road and rail transport to the North and West Coasts of Wales. The heavy development of Corwen stopped towards the end of the Victorian period as improved transport links meant fewer and fewer people were stopping at the town.
Today, Corwen is a small market town, and the town centre is a conservation area and an area of special architectural and historical interest. However, because it is one of the last sizable towns on the A5 from London the Holyhead, it maintains a large number of hotels which were used in the past as staging hotels for the stage coaches.