As ships approach from the West, they pass the majestic South Stack Lighthouse rising 60m above the sea.
Nearest train station: 400 meters
Distance to Town center: 0.8 km / 0.5 miles
The Port of Holyhead is a 24 hours a day, deep water port. With an alongside depth of 10.5 meters, large cruise ships are easily accommodated at the new cruise pier. Ships over 300 merters will be anchored.
As the pier is very long, and you are not allowed to walk on it, a free shuttle bus to the town center and shopping area is provided for cruise-ship passengers and crew. There is ample coach parking at quayside A warm welcome and at times entertainment await at quayside. There are opportunities to buy hand crafted Anglesey souvenirs nearby.
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Anglesey… an Island with a long and ancient Celtic History. A Druid stronghold during the Roman Invasion it was known as Ynys Dywyll (the Shady Isle) and was considered one of their most sacred and magical places.
Off the West Coast lies Holy Island with Holyhead, the largest of Anglesey's towns and North Wales'main seaport. A lively place with a unique character, it is home to an award winning Maritime Museum and the Ucheldre Arts center.
The largest Island off mainland Britain has many hidden treasures
and a wealth of history. It is claimed that Anglesey has more sites
of historical importance per square mile compared with anywhere else
in Britain. Beaumaris Castle is a World Heritage Site and many believe
it is the best example of medieval military architecture in Europe.
Visit the 18th century manor house called Plas Newydd which nestles beside the beautiful Menai Straits and is the traditional home of the Marquess of Anglesey. There are also remains of religious sites dotted all around the island, from ancient churches and burial grounds to hermits' huts.
Make sure you can cancel any private tours without penalty. The seas can be rough at times & you may not get to dock there.
Holyhead is a typical UK village – narrow streets and shops and lots of pubs. The town is very hilly.
Best bet is a private-hire taxi or tour company. Consider Carnaerfon Castle (about 35 mins away) and the excellent National Slate Museum at Llanberis, a further 8 miles. It also has one of the slate industry's little steam railways, though not one of the best. Then a 25 minute drive under the shadow of Snowdon through Snowdonia Nat Park to the attractive, if rather touristy, village of Betws-y-coed. From here down the Conwy valley to Conwy (smaller, but well-preserved, castle) & return over the Menai Bridge. If you've got time on the way back, a little souvenir shopping at llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysilio gogogoch. (I'm not kidding. Most people call it LlanfairPG) Total driving time something under 2 1/2 hrs.
It pays to compare your cruise line tours here.
Anglesey boasts one of the largest place names in the world - the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch offers a great day out and a true taste of Wales. You may be aware that the Royal Couple William and Kate resided on Anglesey. The town with the long name, LlanfairPG, really is not worth a special trip, if it wasn't for the name nobody would visit!
A few miles away, the patron Saint of Welsh lovers, Dwynwen, is buried at Ynys Llanddwyn - a beautiful arm of land on Anglesey's south coast.
Holyhead is ideally placed for the whole of the Irish Sea Cruise Market. The world famous Snowdonia National Park is located only 30 miles away from the port. Caernarfon Castle is only 40 minutes away by road.
For souvenir and local craft shopping head over to Market Street, the main shopping area.
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
Welsh is the language of Wales and widely spoken in some areas. Welsh people are very proud of their country and language.
Internet access is free in the local library
The local emergency telephone number is 999, however the EU-wide 112 can also be used.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open til' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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