Anglesey, North Wales

   

Anglesey is an island, reached by crossing the Menai Straits road bridge. Once on Anglesey, this page shows you what you can expect to see there. The maps show where Anglesey is in Wales.

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Anglesey

Although on the edge of Snowdonia, Anglesey does not have any mountains. Anglesey has been a centre of Celtic culture for thousands of years. The Druids made a major stand against Roman invasion on Anglesey, and even today most people on the island speak Welsh.

The scenery on Anglesey is a mixture of  small farms and stone villages inland, and a rugged cliff coast of Anglesey is interspersed with sandy coves and   wonderful bathing beaches.

You can approach Anglesey via Telford's famous 1826 suspension bridge, and can explore the wealth of interesting places to see that cover the whole range of Welsh history. There are pre-historic tumuli, churches and manor houses from the Middle Ages, Beaumaris Castle built by Edwards I , and Llanfair PG, whose full name is the longest place name in Britain

A Gazetteer for the towns and villages in Anglesey follows

Beaumaris

One of the prettiest towns in Wales, not just Anglesey. The castle was built in 1295 by that great builder of Welsh castles, Edward I, in order to guard the Menai Straits and Anglesey. The castle is moated, and originally boats could directly enter the moat from the sea.

The town has some interesting pubs, like the 15th century Old Bull's Head, and the Tudor Rose. There is a 17th century court house used on occasion by Judge Jeffries. Rows of Victorian cottages designed by Joseph Hansom (of Hansom Cab fame). Half timbered houses, and much more. They have their own web site

 

Cemlyn Bay

Right on the north shore of Anglesey, there is a deep bay and a sheltered beach. In addition, the National Trust own a two mile stretch of the coast here, which is run as a wildlife sanctuary. At nearby Cemaes Bay there is a picturesque stone quay, sandy beaches and cliff walks - more of the nice beaches on Anglesey

 

Holyhead

A causeway joins the Holy Island to Anglesey. Out to the west you can see Ireland. Holy Island has been known to have traded with Ireland for four thousand years. Anything from axes to gold came into Anglesey. Today the boats still run to Ireland from Holyhead harbour

When on Holy Island, be sure to climb Holyhead Mountain to get the benefit of the view to Ireland as well as to the Isle of Man, Cumbria, Snowdonia as well as Anglesey itself. There is also the cruciform church of St Cybi, dating from the 13th century

 

Llanfair PG

Llanfair PG is a shortened form of the full Welsh name, which runs to 57 consonants.It means in English "the church of St Mary by the hollow of the white aspen, over the whirlpool, and St Tysillio's church close to the red cave" There is naturally a number of souvenirs available that capitalise on the long name, or just take your photo beside Anglesey's long railway station name

 

Penmon

The stony beach at Penmon is just north of Beaumaris on Anglesey, and looks across to great Orme and Llandudno, as well as Snowdonia. Out to sea is Puffin Island, the home of a hermit in 540, there are the remains of a Norman church on the island, but today it is a seabird sanctuary. And just inland on Anglesey itself is St Seiriol's 12th century priory church, complete with the well in which the saint baptised converts

 

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Land of  legends and mountains - Anglesey, North Wales