Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (lan-vire-pool-guin-gith-go-ger-u-queern-drob-ooth-clandus-ilio-gogo-goch) is a Welsh word which translates roughly as "St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave". The name was coined as a publicity gimmick in the 1860s by concatenating the names of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll ("St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel"), the nearby hamlet of Llantysilio Gogogoch ("the church of St Tysilio of the red cave"), and the chwyrn drobwll ("rapid whirlpool") between them. It was the longest place name in an English-speaking country, but has been challenged by Llanfynydd (which unofficially changed its name to something longer) and a train stop elsewhere in Wales, but neither of these has received official recognition. A hill in New Zealand has the 85-character name (derived from Maori) of Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateapokaiwhenuakitanatahu.
Locals refer to the village as Llanfair, or as Llanfair PG (pronounced roughly "Hlan-var Pee Gee") to distinguish it from other places in Wales called "Llanfair(something)". Although typed as 58 characters, it is technically only 50 letters, because in Welsh llng and ch are treated as single letters.
The village is divided into two sections. The upper village has mostly older residences and the lower village has newer commercial buildings and the train station.
Llanfair PG is a request stop on the main rail line between Holyhead and Bangor.
Also reachable via the Menai Suspension Bridge.
As it is a very small town, it is easily walkable.
The Town Name. The main attraction in town is easy to find: it's the town's name spelled out on a long sign at the train station.free.
Climb the Marquess of Anglesey's Column, Brynsiencyn, ☎ 01248 43041. You can climb to the top for views over the Menai Strait. The reception is actually the sun room of the family's home which is part of the grounds of the column. Be sure to leave your bags downstairs, because the spiral staircase gets quite narrow towards the top.£1.50.
Send a postcard. Since the postage mark has the entire town's name, it's an easy souvenir to send someone. Be sure to have your own postage though as they run out. The post office is just down the street from the train station.
Anglesey Sea Zoo, . Open early February through early November. Wales' largest marine aquarium, re-creating the habitats of the fauna and flora found around Anglesey and the North Wales coastline, educational as well as entertaining.Adult £5.95, senior £5,50, child/student £4.95.
James Pringle Weavers. A large souvenir shop next to the train station. They have Welsh postcards, trinkets, clothes, alcohol, cookies and other gifts.
The Marquis Restaurant, Holyhead Road, 01248 713340.
Tafarn Ty Gwyn, Holyhead Rd (just past the train station), ☎ 01248 715599. Small pub that serves food all day.
The Penrhos Arms, Holyhead Road.
Carreg Bran Hotel, Church Lane, 01248 714224
Liverpool Arms Hotel, St. George's Pier, Menai Bridge, 01248 712453
Henllys Hall Hotel, Henllys Lane, Beaumaris, 01248 810412
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