It might be the longest named town in Britain. (58 letters long)
You can buy a platform ticket with the name of the town at the station as a souvenir.
The name means "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". Now try to pronounce the Welsh version!
Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll (what the locals call it) is a small village. Next to the station is a large Pringles store selling clothes and gifts and which has a cafe and large car park (free).
The Marquess of Anglesey column is located at the top end of the village. If you visit the nearby church of St Mary, and take a short walk to the shore of the Menai Straits, you will see a statue erected to the memory of Nelson. This is also a good place to view the Menai Bridge. There are some interesting and old public houses, such as the Penrhos Arms in the village.
Take a left up the coastal road away from Beaumaris, then first right towards Penmon.
If you go to the end where dovecot and the old monastry is located, you come to a toll road, which costs £2.00 to enter, continue to the end which brings you to Penmon Point.
You will discover a light house, which can be seen as far away as Llandudno.
It is a cobble beach which you can walk along and ramble along the rocks.
Beautiful on a sunny day.
At the end of the road is a car park with a cafe, a slice of cake and a drink of tea £2.70.
Sit outside and enjoy the views of puffin island, in the distance.
'Ye Olde Bull's Head Inn' was originally a coaching inn, on the route to Ireland. The main building dates back to 1472, and it's now very well-known for its food. However, if you walk along the side of it (Rating Street) you'll find something rather unusual. The door in the archway is supposed to be the largest single-hinged door existing.....it's certainly huge. What is even stranger is the chimney over the top of the arch; there's no logical reason for it being there now, and I don't think anyone knows why it exists at all. Maybe, once, the archway was smaller and the poor gatekeeper was allowed to have a fire whilst he awaited custom?
Whatever, it's an interesting little foible. And it might be worth popping in to the pub for a restorative pint too.
From the pretty town of Beaumaris drive (or walk) towards Penmon, this takes you into the lovely countryside, walking mostly along the coast. Park on Penmon beach if driving a car. Cross the road, and look for a track to the right of the house called Lliniog. This walk through the woods of about 20 minutes, will take you to the old ruined castle (built 1080 by Hugh the Fat & Hugh Gogh who got rid of all the Welsh people in the area, and banished them to Newborough).
It is haunted by Hugh Gogh who was shot in the eye by the Viking King Magnus of Scandanavia... so dont go after dark ......
From Beaumaris town take the coast road towards Penmon Priory. The priory, dovecote, and church can all be viewed for free.
Inside the church are examples of pre Christian worship - Celtic crosses, whirlygigs, stone monuments and carvings. Outside is a pre-Christian well, or hermits cell, for prayer & meditation.
King Maelgwn, King of Britain ordered a church to be built here and installed St Seiriol. The saint was later buried on Puffin Island.
There are good road signs taking you along a narrow, twisting, country road, hugging the coast.
Please respect the speed limits, many people make a pilgrimage to the priory and they have to share the road with traffic.
Leave a donation if you can, on your way out. The church could not even afford to pay for its worship times to be printed in the local paper for the last few months.
This 6th century cross was discovered in a field near Penmon Priory with a bit of the cross cut off. It is now located inside the Priory (free entry, but please leave a few coins for its upkeep if you visit)
It had been used in the 11th century to build part of a window in the church.
The island has over 25 attractive golden beaches, there are six Blue flag beaches, 13 Green Coast Award beaches, and seven Rural Seaside Award beaches.
The list below comes from the BBC:
Beaumaris Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Lleiniog Beach, Penmon Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Llanddona Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
St. Davids, Benllech Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Red Wharf Bay Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Benllech Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Moelfre Isle of Anglesey Wales Basic Pass
Traeth Lligwy Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Porth Eilian, Amlwch Isle of Anglesey Wales Basic Pass
Cemaes Isle of Anglesey Wales Basic Pass
Cemaes - Traeth Bach Isle of Anglesey Wales Basic Pass
Cemlyn Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Church Bay Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Porth Trwyn Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Porth Tywyn Mawr (Sandy Beach) Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Porth Dafarch Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Trearddur Bay Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Rhoscolyn - Borth Wen Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Rhoscolyn - Silver Bay Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Llanfaelog - Porth Tyn Tywyn Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Llanfaelog - Porth Nobla Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Rhosneigr - Traeth Crigyll Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Rhosneigr Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Porth Trecastell Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Aberffraw Bay (Traeth Mawr) Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Llanddwyn Beach Isle of Anglesey Wales Recommended
Recommended - Highest water quality and good sewage treatment
Guideline - Good water quality only
Basic Pass - Passed EC statutory minimum
Fail - Fail EC standard
Opposite the castle, on the main road, there are a couple of small white cottages. Local volunteers have planted and maintained what they refer to as a 'typical cottage garden'. Not sure how typical really; most cottagers in the past tended to use their gardens to feed themselves, because otherwise they would have starved. The idea of a cottage garden being full of pretty plants and flowers is probably a Victorian romantic invention (much of what passes for history in the UK is); I doubt cottage gardens looked much like this before the Industrial Revolution.
Whatever the veracity of the name, it's still a pretty little garden and worth looking at.
The beautiful ruins of this abbey are surrounded by Llangollen's steep mountains. It was, in medieval times, a very remote place which made it ideal for the cistercian monks. They wanted wild and lonely places for thier austere way of life. The abbey was founded in the 13th century and added to a century later. More original features remain at this site than many other abbeys. For example the wonderful west front with its richky carved doorway and rose window and the 14th century inspiration "Abbot Adam carried out this work, may he rest in peace. Amen" There is also the original fishpond and the chapter house.
Valle Crucis, the "Valley of the Cross" isnamed after Eliseg's Cross, a 9th century Christian memorial cross which is nearby.
getting there: B5103 from the A5 west of Llangollen.
A525 from Llangollen, about 3 kilometres (on the righthandside of the road) - access through the farm!
The site is actually badly signposted but well worth visiting.
Take a drive to Moelfre and have a walk on the rocks and cliffs, it is so peaceful and unspoilt, we spent a couple of hours dabbling around in the rockpools taking pictures of the sealife - took me back to my childhood!
You can also visit the sea watch centre there but it was closed at the time we visited.
We were fortunate to watch a lifeboat launch exercise though which was great!