Welcome to Holyhead
Holyhead, located on the northwest side of tiny Holy Island near
Anglesey, is a picturesque little town with wonderful rugged
terrain and fantastic views created by the rocky coastline.
Holyhead Mountain is the highest point, and its summit provides
panoramic views that extend to Ireland, the Isle of Man, and
Holyhead has long been an important link between Wales and
Ireland, and its port is busy with ferry traffic to Dublin. The
town itself is built around several historic sites, including the
prehistoric hillfort Mynydd y Twr, the Roman fort of Caer Gybi, and
the 6th century St Cybi's Church which is built inside a Roman
Holyhead itself is a vibrant town of between 11,000 and 13,000
residents (depending on how much of Holy Island you include in that
number), boasting a number of shops and restaurants, a maritime
museum, and Canolfan Ucheldre Centre which functions as the
artistic and cultural heart of Holy Island.
Sailing, powerboating and fishing are popular activities in this
marine-minded town, and the sandy beaches of Porth Trwyn, Borth
Wen, and Porth Tywn Mawr are popular for watersports, there are
plenty of activities in Holyhead to keep busy including golf,
horseback riding, hiking, wildlife-spotting and catching a local
One of the most important things to know about Holyhead is that
it's pronounced Holly-head. There's no quicker way to give yourself
away as a tourist!
Information & Facts
English is the official language, though visitors will be
astonished by the variety of regional accents.
The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100
pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and
American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards
should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign
currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels,
however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks.
Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by
tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid
Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last
Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).