ISLE OF ANGLESEY

 


Menai Suspension BridgeFamed as the home of the mysterious Druids, the Isle of Anglesey or Ynys Mon is also a naturally beautiful spot for families, couples, and eager walkers alike. Often called Mam Cymru, the Mother of Wales, it is a fertile land with a great deal of history to be explored, from ancient Neolithic burial sites to elegant 19th century stately homes. The Anglesey Coastal Path circumnaviagtes the island, taking in 200km of stunning and varied scenery. Along the way you might stay in Beaumaris, known for its water sports and its fine historic architecture, or the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio- gogogoch, proud owner of one of the longest place names in the world (don't worry, you can call it Llanfair PG for short). Alternatively, cross over to Holy Island and stay in Holyhead, a ferry hub that links Wales and Ireland. Anglesey is easily accessible by plane, by ferry, by car or by train. The island is linked to mainland Wales via two bridges, the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, which brought rail access to the island in 1850.


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Points of Interest:  1. Holyhead  2. Puffin Island  3. Beaumaris  4. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllll- antysiliogogogoch

 

  

 

Holy Island lighthouseHolyhead [pop. 12,000] is Anglesey's largest town. It is situated on Holy Island, which is connected to Anglesey main by “The Cob”, a causeway that was built in the 19th century. Holyhead is primarily known as a busy port, bustling with ferries that can take travellers to Ireland in a brief hour and a half. Most visitors come here for that purpose. At the centre of Holyhead is St Cybi's Church, built between the 13th and 16th centuries within a unique three-walled Roman fort. It is one of the few sights of the town that is not directly related to the sea.

Holyhead breakwaterHowever, if you are fan of maritime history, head to Wales' oldest lifeboat station, which holds the Holyhead Maritime Museum [Beach Road, +44 1407 769745, Adults £3.50]. The museum the hardy maritime culture of the area from the early days of human settlement to Holyhead's status as a busy ferry port.

Holyhead train station is situated at Station Road and Victoria Road, at the head of the 'v' shaped harbour. Buses can be found outside the station.

 



Beaumaris CastleBeaumaris [pop. 2,000] was really built around its castle, which Edward I ordered to be constructed in 1295 on a spot which the French builders called a beaux marais, a 'beautiful marsh'. The town grew into a prosperous commercial centre, the remains of which can be seen today in the beautiful heritage archicture. Beaumaris makes for a relaxing and pleasant seaside base from which to explore Anglesey.

Sights

Beaumaris Castle [+44 1248 810361, Adults £3.60] was never completed. After 35 years and a great deal of money, King Edward I decided that his campaigns in Scotland were more important. Nevertheless, the castle is a wonderful example of its kind. It is breathtaking with its precise symmetrical design and picturesque mountainous backdrop.

 
PuffinBeaumaris Courthouse [Castle Street, +44 1248 811691, Adults £3] has hardly changed in the 400 years since it was built. Remarkably, the rich, dark interiors still sometimes play host to court cases. Keep an eye out for the odd mural featuring a lawyer milking a cow while two farmers fight over either end.

Beaumaris Gaol [Steeple Lane, +44 1248 810291, Adults £3.50] was designed by the same man who designed the Hansom cab, Joseph Hansom. Built in the Victorian period, the gaol features a unique punitive tread wheel, which actually took water to the top of the building for use in all the cells. Learn about Richard Rowlands, the last man to be hanged, who cursed the town's clocks.

There are a number of cruises that leave from Beaumaris and travel to Puffin Island, where you can not only find puffins but grey seals, bottlenose dolphins, and harbour porpoise. One such cruise is the Beaumaris Marine [Beaumaris Pier, +44 1248 810746, Adults £7.50].