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Holyhead [2] is a small port town in north-west Wales on the picturesque and idyllic Isle of Anglesey/Ynys Môn with the four largest cruise ferries in the world sailing from there to Dublin, providing regular crossings 24 hours a day, taking approximately 3hours 20mins. Holyhead is the second busiest ferry port in the UK after Dover. The welsh (Cymraeg) name for Holyhead is Caergybi.

Get in[edit]

By Road[edit]

drive direct via the A55 North Wales Expressway, or the A5. Alternatively take the scenic coast route by driving onto Anglesey/Ynys Mon and either following the western (A4080) route via Newborough, Aberffraw, Rhosneigr & Trearddur Bay or take the equally picturesque eastern (A5025) route via Pentraeth, Red Wharf Bay, Benllech, Amlwch, Cemaes Bay and Valley.

By Rail[edit]

Holyhead is the end of the North Wales main line. Because of the ferry port and volume of foot passengers that use it, it has exceptional rail connections to anywhere in the UK. It is 3hours 15mins from London by express train and also has hourly rail links to every station along the North Wales coast, Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, Crewe, Birmingham, Cardiff and onwards to all stations.

By Super Ferry[edit]

  • Irish Ferries [3] sail to Dublin 4 return crossings a day.
  • Stena Line [4] sail to Dublin 4 return crossings a day.
  • You can compare Holyhead ferries to Ireland by route, operator and time using the comparison engine.

By Air[edit]

Regional airline operates a once daily flight between Cardiff and Valley airport just outside Holyhead at the nearby RAF airbase.

Get around[edit]

The 'centre' of Holyhead is quite small and easily walkable. Everything is about 5-10min from the bridge which connects Holyhead's main streets to the ferry terminal.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Roman Fort/St Cybi Church. The ruins of an old Roman Fort are a 5min walk from the ferry/train station in Holyhead. On top of these ruins is built St Cybi Church. From there you also have a view of the harbour. free.  edit
  • The Breakwater. Situated at the end of the promenade, the Breakwater is the largest on earth, stretching out to sea for a mile and a half. Free.  edit
  • Newry Promenade & Marina. Promenade, beach and marina. Restaurant and bar at the far end in the Mariners Court marina apartment complex  edit
  • Celtic Gateway. A strikingly pretty modern footbridge in the centre of town  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Because it is only a very small town, there is not a lot to do in Holyhead other than walk the promenade, walk the break water, walk the Breakwater Country Park, walk Penrhos Coastal Park, visit the little museum or walk up Holyhead Mountain. Other than that there is a very small cinema on the edge of the Town Centre.

  • Empire Cinema, 39 Stanley St (LL65 1HL), 01407 762414, [1]. A small cinema showing the latest films at unbelievably low prices.  edit
  • Holyhead Maritime Museum, Newry Promenade (LL65 1YD), 01407 769745. Situated at picturesque Newry Beach, the museum is a fascinating family experience. Take a step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales.  edit
  • Penrhos Coastal Park, (LL65 2JE). Car park closes @1830. Over 100 acres of woodland - some classified as 'ancient', walkways, cycle paths & sea views. Situated on the south eastern edge of the town, just past Tesco. Free parking  edit
  • Breakwater Country Park, Breakwater (LL65 1YG). Parc Gwledig Morglawdd Caergybi/Breakwater Country Park contains footpaths, bmodel boating and fishing ponds, the site of the quarry used in the construction of the breakwater and a footpath going over Holyhead Mountain to South Stack Lighthouse and RSPB bird reserve.  edit
  • South Stack Lighhouse, South Stack (LL65 1YH). One of the most picturesque lighthouses anywhere in the UK. Still operational. Rsituated a couple of miles outside Holyhead and accesible by car, on foot along the road or the path over Holyhead mountain, or by bus and short walk. Car parking at the nearby RSPB cafe.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Internet Cafe. Pretty good Full English breakfast.  edit
  • Jimbo's Ice Cream Parlour, Market St. Small ice cream parlour very close to the bridge to the ferry terminal.  edit
  • RoadKing, Parc Cybi, Kingsland, Holyhead (LL65 2YQ), 03330 235370. 24 hours, closed Xmas day.. On the edge of town, close to the Tesco & Morrisons supermarkets and about 15 minutes walk from the ferry terminal. A state-of-the-art HGV park which offers free parking for cars for up to two hours. Excellent value cafeteria including the best all day Mega Breakfast, vegetarian and vegan options, sunday carvery, fully licensed bar, WiFi, en-suite rooms, laundry facilities, TV. Free.  edit
  • Price's Fish & Chips, 2, St Cybi St (LL65 1DS), 01407 762300. closes 1930. One of the best 'chippies' in North Wales. Fresh fish, cooked to order. Eat in or take away.  edit
  • McDonald's, Kingsland Rd (LL65 2HY), 01407 769915. Situated on the edge of town, not far from the Travel Lodge, where the A55 Dual Carriageway begins. Just over the bridge from the ferry port. Eat in, take awy or drive thru.  edit
  • KFC, Penrhos Retail Park (LL65 2UQ), 01407 765080. after 2100 drive thru only. Dine in, take away or drive thru. Situated between the Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets.  edit
  • Tesco, Penrhos Retail Park (LL65 2UH), 03456 779356. Cafe;- 0800-1500. Situated about 600 yards up the road from the ferry terminal. Has a cafeteria offering a wide menu. In addition the supermarket and adjacent garage provide a range of sandwiches, pastries, hot & cold drinks and other cold snacks.  edit
  • Morrisons, Penrhos Retail Park (LL65 2UQ), 01407 763065. Meals from the in-store cafe or sandwiches, cold snacks, pastries, hot & cold drinks available from the supermarket itself or it's associated petrol station.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Kings Arms, 2 Marine Sq, Holyhead LL65 1DG, 01407 762273.  edit
  • The George, Market St, Holyhead LL65 1UL, 01407 762005.  edit
  • The Skerries. A small bar with a small selection of drinks. There are TVs to watch games and a couple game machines in the back.  edit
  • Victoria Inn, Porth-y-felin Road, Holyhead (LL65 1AU), 01407 763961. Situated just off the far end of the promenade. A family owned and family run Free House, taditional 'local pub', offers a limited range of home cooked food. Occasional entertainments.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is a Travelodge close to the Railway / Ferry Station.

Also the Boathouse Hotel on the seafront ( Taxi ride ), plus numerous Bed and Breakfast's close to the centre of town.

There is also a recently opened (2019) Premier Inn situated on the edge of town close to the Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets.

Get out[edit]

  • Bangor
  • Dublin is a ferry away
  • Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch] the town with the longest place name in UK, is on the train line to Conwy and also on the main roads of A55 and A5.
  • Snowdonia
  • The two road bridges - Telford's original Grade 1 listed (1826) and the Grade 2 listed Victorian Britannia Bridge (1850)

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