Things to do in Holyhead, Anglesey
Despite its isolated position, it is a major ferry port across the Irish Sea to Ireland which has been a crossing point for over 4,000 years.
The area around Holyhead has many historic and pre-historic sites including burial sites at Barcloddiad Yr Gawres and Llys Rhosyr.
Mynydd y Twr is a prehistoric hillfort with traces of standing stones, burial chambers and circular huts on one of the richest sites in Britain.Roman fort.
It had defensive walls on three sides and the sea gave protection on the fourth side.
Originally Holy Island was connected to Anglesey via Four Mile Bridge.
It was part of the flood defence system and now carries the A5 along with the coastal path and a cycleway.
For many years the Royal Mail was brought to Holyhead by mail coach from London and then by ship to Dublin.
However, this changed when the railway was built from London to Liverpool in 1839 offering a faster service.Chester all the way to the Holyhead Docks.
Present Day Holyhead
Holyhead, with its 13,500 inhabitants, is a bustling town that attracts many visitors as a destination in its own right and as a base for exploring Anglesey.
The town has an interesting harbour and a marina sheltered by the second-longest breakwater in the world.
One of Holyhead's famous residents include politician Glenys Kinnock and comedian Dawn French, who was born in the town.
Things to Do Around Holyhead
Holyhead has plenty of activities nearby. There is excellent fishing, sailing facilities, boat trips and golf at the 18-hole Holyhead Golf Club.
The sheltered coves around Holyhead boast safe bathing in clean waters. Water sports are available and there is a surf school nearby at Rhosneigr.
There is a Visitor Centre and a webcam to view the many puffins, guillemots and razorbills that nest on South Stack Cliffs.
The Maritime Museum at Holyhead is particularly rich in exhibits where you can learn about the 100+ shipwrecks that have taken place on the rocky shores nearby.
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