Holyhead Travel Guide

  • Ferryport, Holyhead, Wales.
    Ferryport, Holyhead, Wales.
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  • Food, Gleeson's pub, Holyhead, UK.
    Food, Gleeson's pub, Holyhead, UK.
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  • George Hotel, Holyhead, UK.
    George Hotel, Holyhead, UK.
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Holyhead Things to Do

  • A good sports bar.

    I have described elsewhere on this page how I literally only spent a couple of hours in Holyhead whilst going to and coming from Dublin on the ferry. Having sampled two other hostelries in the town, one pretty good and one simply awful, I decided to visit a seperate place on the return journey, purely in the interests of VT research you...

  • I'd give this a miss.

    On another tip on this page I have described how I was left with a couple of hours on my hands in Holyhead due to the cancellation of my ferry by a Force 8 gale that was howling at the time. I had had a drink and a snack in a rather nice little pub called Gleeson's and, having some time left thought I'd try another hostelry, just for the purposes...

  • A decent little pub.

    Finding myself with a couple of hours to spare in Holyhead following the weather cancellation of my ferry, I decided to have a brief wander round the town. I have mentioned the weather and it was foul, a Force 8 gale howling and an icy rain coming in sideways. Hardly surprising then that I decided to forego the other pleasures of the town and find...

  • Caer y Twr Hillfort

    the Iron Age Caer y Tŵr Hillfort on the summit of Holyhead Mountain in the care of Cadw;Cadw is a Welsh word which means 'to keep'. Cadw is the Welsh Assembly Government's historic environment division. it aims to improve access to the historic environment of Wales. This includes historic buildings, ancient monuments, historic parks, gardens...

  • Trefignath Burial Chamber

    The Trefignath Burial Chamber is over 6,000 years old and is located between Holyhead and Trearddur Bay.This impressive monument has recently been excavated. It is a Neolithic chambered tomb constructed in three phases, estimated to be from the 4th to early 3rd millenium BC. The first phase was at the western end of the tomb, that would have been...

  • South Stack Lighthouse and area

    This breathtaking cliff-top site on Holyhead/Holy Island is a 3 mile drive out of the town.The South Stack lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs. The 28 m (91 ft) lighthouse was designed by Daniel Alexander. Visitors may tour the former engine room and exhibition area before...

  • Holyhead Country Park

    The Breakwater Country Park is a 106 acre site well worth the visit if you are in town and kicking your heels for something to do. As well as an amazing variety of wildlife, the scenery is breathtaking, set against the backdrop of spectacular Holyhead Mountain and views of the Irish Sea. Information Centre, Shop. Land Train around the park and...

  • Holyhead Maritime Museum & Cafe

    To while away time whilst waiting for the ferry, you can step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa. 1858). There is a wonderful collection of exhibits that tell the fascinating maritime history of this coastline.Discover how life at sea was in days gone by, and how people lived (and died) during war as well as peacetime. Find...

  • Newry Beach

    NEWRY BEACH in HOLYHEAD is very pretty, and just minutes walk from the disappointing shopping area, and the Port/Train station. There is a tourist train there from June to October which runs every hour, taking trips along the promenade out along the break water and to the country park.This is where the HOLY ISLAND FESTIVAL takes place each year....

  • Holyhead Marina

    Holyhead or Holy Island Marina is located on the north west tip of Wales which is itself part of the Isle of Anglesey. The marina is protected by 24 hour cctv, covering all marina berths and the harbour.Holyhead and the island of Anglesey have hundreds of miles of amazing coastline with fabulous award winning beaches. It is a sailor's paradise.

  • The delights of Holyhead

    Right...got a couple of hours to waste when you have missed a ferry ? I suggested spending the time in Lidl as it would be more interesting than Holyhead. The family decision was made to see what delights the metropolis of Holyhead held.One motley collection of run-down shops later we stumbled upon the Roman fort. It sits just off the main street...

  • Nice big pile to remember the man

    I've noticed Skinners monument every time that I passed through the port. It stands proudly on a small hill directly behind the port (presuming you are approaching it from the Irish direction). He was somewhat of a local hero, who amongst other things led an inquiry as to why the steam packets plying from Holyhead to ireland were losing so muchg...


Holyhead Hotels

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  • Hotel Cymyran

    Llanfair yn Neubwll, Holyhead, LL65 3LD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

  • Travelodge Holyhead Hotel

    Kingsland Road, Holyhead, LL65 2LB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Bull Hotel

    London Road, Valley, LL65 3DP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

Holyhead Restaurants

  • by alexfenton Written Jun 29, 2004

    The captains table is cheap and cheerful in Holyhead, but generally speaking, pub fayre in Treaddur Bay (Treaddur bay hotel or Valley of the rocks campsite) is okay.
    You cant beat a good BBQ though - or for more restaurants - get the ferry to Dublin.

    Favorite Dish: BBQ

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Holyhead Nightlife

  • by alexfenton Written Jun 29, 2004

    There isnt much in the way of nightlife here. I would reccomend having a few drinks and a bbq on one of the beaches.

    Secondly - the saturday night Karaoke at Valley of the Rocks clubhouse is great fun.

    Lastly - try walking along the coast from the Cliff Hotel Bar, the Trearddur bay hotel bar, beach hotel and finishing at the Seacroft.

    There used to be a nightclub near the former beach hotel - but no more. The entertainment is in the bars/hotels and finishing at the campsite.

    For something more impressive - try getting the ferry over to Dublin.

    BBQ on Porth Dafarch

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Holyhead Transportation

  • The main attraction.

    I stated in my Holyhead indtroduction page that I am sure Holyhead has much to offer and sadly I didn't have the opportunity to see much of it but I would suggest that the main reason for travellers to visit the town is to use the ferryport where boats leave regularly for the Republic of Ireland. This tip deals with that.The Ferryport dominates the...

  • Should be labeled 'through'

    The vast majority of people who go to Holyhead have absolutely no intention of spending more than a minimium amount of time they can. Holyhead is the main port for travel to/from Ireland and as such sees hundred of thousands of 'visitors' a year.Two companies ply their wares between Holyhead port and Dublin City / Dun Lagonnaire (just to the south...

  • Port Hollyhead

    I have been to Hollyhead a couple of times to catch the ferry and Seacat to Ireland. From what I could see the port was the main part of the town.The first time I went there I took the train and the second time I went by coach.


Holyhead Warnings and Dangers

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    by sourbugger Written May 7, 2008

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    The road from Northern England to Holyhead is an important one. It is known as the ‘North Wales expressway’. Despite the grand-sounding title and after the millions that have been spent on it, it still can be a cause of much frustration and missed ferries !

    Much of it is nowadays dual carriageway, but a combination of endless roadworks, the big-brother patrolling of the North Wales police and ‘pinch-points’ such as the Britannia Bridge where the road reverts to a single lane affair means the journey will often take longer than expected.

    You can only really put your foot down once on Anglesey, where the European Union has spent a big wodge of money in providing a fine dual carriageway of motorway standard across the island. Until that happened motorists were reliant on the efforts of Thomas Telford who presented a wonderfully accurate estimate to built this section. Fifty-two thousand pounds, twelve shillings and seven-pence ! I think they spent about five bob on the road after that date.

    The moral of these ramblings is to allow an extra half hour to an hour more than you would expect

    Now that's what i call a consise estimate !
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Holyhead Favorites

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    by lomi Updated Oct 15, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Holyhead or Holy Island represents the pinacle of North Wales before the Irish Sea. Most people coming here are simply travelling through to catch the Sealink ferry to Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.

    There are a number of shops, restaurants and hotels around, perhaps not of the highest order, but inexpensive.

    Fondest memory: There are some lovely beaches and walks in the mountains around Holyhead. Also there is a beautiful old church above the port called St Cybi's, with attractive stained glass windows.

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    • Beaches

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