Ruabon lies south of Wrexham, just off the A483(T) and is served by the Chester to Shrewsbury railway line. Ruabon Station is the nearest railway station to Llangollen.
A mix of old and new, the village centre's main landmarks are a Georgian hotel and the Church of St.Mary. The Church, a listed Grade I building, was recorded in 1253 as being dedicated to St. Collen. The Church has a 14th century tower. Historically, Ruabon was the seat of the powerful Welsh family the Williams Wynn. It has also given its name to Ruabon brick - the shiny, durable red brick, much in evidence in buildings in the Wrexham area and beyond.