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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch

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Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch [1] is a small town on the Island of Anglesey, which is located off the northwest coast of North Wales.

Understand

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 it 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 ll ng and ch are treated as single letters.

The village is divided into two sections: the upper village (mostly older residences) and the lower village (mostly newer commercial buildings, including the train station).

Get in

Llanfair PG is a request stop on the main rail line between Holyhead and Bangor. It is also reachable by car via the Menai Suspension Bridge.

Get around

See

  • 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.

Do

  • Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, 01248 43041, [2]. 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.

Buy

Eat

  • The Marquis Restaurant, Holyhead Road, 01248 713340.
  • Tafarn Ty Gwyn, Holyhead Road, 01248 715599.
  • The Penrhos Arms, Holyhead Road.
  • Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, 01248 430411, fax 01248 430213.

Drink

Go to a pub.

Sleep

Hotel

  • 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

B&B

  • Carreg Goch, 01248 430315

Get out

The other villages of AngleseyHolyhead, Beaumaris, Menai Bridge, Llangefni, Ynys Llanddwyn – offer similar small-town Welsh character and remote seaside landscapes, including both lovely beaches and rugged cliffs.

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