Located on Holy Island at the tip of the Isle of Anglesey, Holyhead is perhaps best known as a bustling ferry port and gateway to Ireland. However, visitors will find that Holyhead has many other attractions to offer, including a lively town centre with fine dining and shopping. The focal point of the town's centre is St. Cybi's Church, which was constructed inside one of Europe's only three-walled forts (the sea provided the fourth wall) built by the Romans in the 13th century. The sea also provides excellent fishing from shore or boat. And even if you don't catch anything, you'll enjoy a great view of the island's magnificent craggy coastline.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Caernarfon Castle is considered by many to be the most famous castle in Wales – and for good reason. Begun in 1283 by Edward I of England, Caernarfon's majestic architecture is no accident. The castle was designed not only as a military stronghold but also as a seat of government and royal palace. Many of its impressive architectural features were designed to recreate the scale and commanding presence of structures in Constantinople and Imperial Rome. Its rich history includes being the birthplace of Edward I's son, the first English Prince of Wales in 1284. The castle attracted the attention of the world as the setting for the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969. The castle is also home to the Regimental Museum of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Wales' oldest regiment.
As you might expect from a town surrounded by water, fishing and water sports are local favourites. Whether you're looking for a deep sea fishing charter, angling from the shore, exploring the island by power boat or going out for a leisurely sail, Holyhead can accommodate your water sport needs. Its quaint country roads and picturesque surroundings also make it an ideal setting for walking and cycling. And if golf is your passion, you'll find some great public courses and an introduction to some of the area's finest private courses can often be arranged.
You owe it to yourself to start your day off with a hearty Welsh breakfast with a local twist. It starts with a traditional serving of fresh eggs, bacon and toast – but here's the twist – the toast is Laverbread, made from nutritious seaweed. And it's accompanied by a generous serving of locally caught cockles fried in bacon fat. Try it – you'll like it. And no visit to Wales would be complete without taking a break for afternoon tea where you'll enjoy Bara Brith (delicious little fruit breads), traditional Welsh cakes and a variety of English teas.
A visit to the main shopping area between Market St. and Stanley St. is well worth the trip. This busy shopping centre is home to a variety of shops where you'll find value for money on cashmere sweaters, bonded spirits and handcrafted items including pottery and ceramics, glassware, furniture and wood and local art. You'll also want to stop by Llynnon Mill, Llanddeusant, the last remaining working windmill in Wales. In addition to stone ground flour, there's a craft shop on the ground floor and a quaint Tea Shoppe upstairs.
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