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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 Cumbria.

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 fort.

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 football match.

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 additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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