Plas Newydd is the ancestral home of the Marquis of Angels, the house was remodelled by James Wyatt in the 18th century and the interior redesigned during the1930's and is famous for it's association with the artist Rex Whistler who painted the magnificent Mural in the dining room.
The house and grounds are under the care of The National Trust, we had a nice time exploring the house, the best bit is of course the Whistler Mural but you are not allowed to take pictures of it although you are allowed to take pictures in the rest of the house. It's a shame we did not have time to explore all of the lovely grounds.
LLfairPG lies just into Anglesey (a seperate island), always in the furthest forgotton corner, the Romans took a look and buggered off again.
It continued as a quiet backwater until the 19th century when the traffic to Ireland began to increase significantly through the port of Holyhead (Ireland was then part of the British Empire)
The Menai Bridge was at the time (1826) a very advanced structure - a suspension bridge on this scale was a wonder of the age. As traffic grew it became less useful, and even up until the middle of the 20th century it was not unknown for a bus driver using the bridge to make the 'wobblies' walk over bridge whilst he merrily drove over.
Such problems led to the construction of the Britannia Bridge. Again, a bold design was choosen and it was known as the 'Tubular' bridge because Stephenson adopted this box-girder type design. It was destroyed in just one night in 1970 when a couple of really sensible schoolboys who went in search of bats in one of the tunnels armed only with a copy of a local newspaper and a match.
A new bridge was quickly put up, very different to the original.
Modern traffic flows means a third bridge (or tunnel) is really needed, but for the present you may well have a good deal of time to gaze at the impressive view or the remains of the original Britannia bridge (supports and ornamental Lions) as you wait to cross.
It is no real surprise that the longest place name in the UK, and indeed the longest URL on the Internet is somewhat manufactured. One of the earliest publicity stunts in fact. It was thought up in the 1860's to get the longest railway station name in the UK.
A whole economy grew from this stroke of genius as people made a brief stop at this otherwise quite unremarkable village on the way to or from the boat to Ireland leaving from Holyhead.
The train station has been restored to something like it's Victorian state, but the sign board remains the prime draw. Few trains stop here nowadays, although some stop on request to the conductor. Most visitors come by car and now get sucked into the surrounding 'shopping opportunities'. If you are heading by train, you will find it shortened to 'LLanfair P G' on timetables and booking forms.
If your twiddling your fingers when you get to the place with the longest name in Britain, its because you have taken photos of the railway station sign, visited Pringles shop and had a meal in the pub. Now what?
A short drive/walk away is the Marquess of Anglesey's Column and Nelson's Monument.
You could climb the 115 steps to the top where the view is spectacular. The Menai Straits and the mountains of Snowdonia make stunning photo opportunities.
The Marquess statue was built in 1860 after the death of Henry William Paget, Earl of Uxbridge, (first Marquess of Anglesey). He was second in command to Wellington where he lost his right leg in a btalle. He lived to the age of 85, having twice been Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. His manor house, Plas Newydd, now a property of the National Trust, is also less than two miles away.
You may sit in the column's garden afterwards, where you can have an iced drink, or tea or coffee.
To get to the statue of Nelson pass through the grounds of St Mary's (Llan Fair) church, The statue was erected by Admiral Lord Clarence Paget, 4th son of the 1st Marquess of Anglesey. Lord Paget was the occupier of Plas Llanfair - later bought by the TS Indefatigable - and Commander in Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet.
Just a short drive away from Llanfairpg, as the locals call it, is a tiny town called Brynsiecyn. (Yes another unpronounceable name).
But there on the main road is Hooton's farm shop, the Gary Rhodes regional winner Food Hero of 2008/9.
Open every day with lots of free parking in front of the shop and cafe.
I was staying in a holiday cottage nearby and stocked up with mouth watering things:
Welsh black beef
Home reared lamb
Home made savouries
Fresh seasonal vegetables from the farm
Home-made apple juice
Free range poultry and eggs
Amazing choice of local cheeses
And ...and... and... they have a coffee shop open 10am until 5pm,with all those amazing cakes and lots of lovely things to tuck into.
* All-day Breakfast
* Ploughman's Lunch (with local cheeses)
* Jacket Potatoes
* Vegetable Soups
* Home-Made Savoury Pies
* Quiche of the Day
* Organic Baguettes
* Home-Made Puddings
* Cream Teas
* Strawberries and Cream
* Raspberries and Cream
* Bara Brith
* Farm House Cakes
* Tea Cakes
* Home-Produced Apple Juice
* Hot Drinks (including Cappucino, Latte, etc.)
Plus .... they have a pick-your-own vegetables and fruit in season.
Go to the coast of Anglesey and visit the most beautiful of Edwards Welsh castles.... Beaumaris. It is only a short drive from here and the village is also lovely.
The castle was built overlooking the Menai Strait on the Isle of Anglesey. It is a World Heritage Listed Site. This castle was built (starting in 1295) by Edward I to contain the Welsh. The castle was given the French name Baeu Mareys (beautiful marsh) and is the last of Edwards castles to be built. Because the castle was built on flat ground the mason-architect (Master James of St. George) was able to build a castle of geometric symmetry, in fact the castle was never finished but it remains the most perfect example of a concentrically planned castle in Britain. An attack on Beaumaris would have presented terrible problems. The original water filled moat formed the first defence line and then there was a ring of outer walls and a series of evenly spaced towers. If the attacker overcame these obstacles they then faced a deadly crossfire from archers on the next series of walls and towers which protected the central core of the castle. At its peak the castle had connections with the sea. The old tidal dock can still be seen, but the short channel which gave access to the sea has disappeared long ago. Beaumaris is part of the 'Heritage in Wales'. Membership of this gives free access to all Cadw sites and half price admission to about 900 sites in England and Scotland.
After taking the photo go inside the Tourist Centre and admire all the little shops with the outpriced souveniers. I think the most interesting part is the sign post where you can see how far your hometown is.
I think the only thing you can do here is to show everyone that you are a tourist. Do what all the others do and take a photo of you in front of the tourist center. This is certainly the most photographed tourist attraction of the village.
Couldn't believe that the tourist center wasn't listed in this website... that's about THE most popular place to go to in Llanfairpwll!@#$% (the pic on my intro page and General Tip)! But it's certainly the most photographed tourist attraction of the lot. I hadn't even heard of any of these places down here and certainly didn't plan on visiting any of them, but who knows, you may find them interesting! The train station is another frequently visited place too.
Here are the attractions listed on the website:
1. Railway Station & James Pringle Weavers
2. The Marquess of Anglesey's Column and Nelson's Monument
3. The Toll House & the Women's Institute Hall
4. The Britannia Bridge
5. The Menai Suspension Bridge
Nearby Tourist Attractions
1. Anglesey Sea Zoo
2. Pili Palas - Butterfly & Bird Palace
3. Anglesey Model Village
4. Foel Farm
5. Tal y Foel Riding Centre
6. Plas Newydd
It takes a long time to get to this lil village, so you may wanna check out what there is to do... I was on a different mission though, All Of Wales In A Day or something crazy like that, so I didn't have time to stick around.
When you visit you have to have your photo taken by the town name on the platform.
It's a must and is probably the law as well.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
A little small and unique aquarium. Very good for little children. Everything is made with a lot of love and respect for nature.
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