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St Cybis

St Cybis

Nestled within the walls of the abandoned Roman Fort, Caer Gybi, is the ancient church of St Cybi’s Holyhead, founded in 540 AD. Now visited by tourists from around the world, the bi-lingual church has been central to the Holyhead community for well over a thousand years. For further information and a virtual tour, please visit The Friends of St Cybis Website http://www.stcybi.co.uk/


Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

The Holyhead Breakwater Country Park was opened in 1990 and is situated on the site of an old quarry which supplied stone for the 2.39km (1.5 miles) Holyhead Breakwater, the longest in Europe, which was built between 1846 and 1873. Part of the park is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The park captures the scenic beauty, history and natural appeal of Anglesey all on one site and has a great deal to offer visitors.

https://www.anglesey.gov.uk/en/Residents/Countryside/Holyhead-Breakwater-Country-Park.aspx

South Stack Nature Reserve and Lighthouse

South Stack Nature Reserve and Lighthouse

Located on Holy Island, North West Coast of Anglesey, South Stack Cliffs is a Nature Reserve run by the RSPB. The cliffs are best known for their amazing wildlife. Wildlife such as Puffins, Choughs, Razorbills, Peregrine Falcons, Kestrels, Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Fulmars are found here. The historic South Stack Lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs. Visitors may tour the former lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse.Visitors may tour the former lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse.

https://www.angleseyattractions.co.uk/rspb-south-stack-visitor-centre

Penrhos Country Park

Penrhos Country Park

This lovely coastal park consists of woodland trails and nice coastal views. The area is a country park and nature reserve with waymarked nature trails and lots of wildlife to look out for. Highlights are the resident red squirrels, badgers and various wildfowl around the two large ponds. You can also enjoy a stroll to Penrhos beach. Here you can enjoy splendid views across the bay and study some interesting rock formations.

Holyhead Maritime Museum

Holyhead Maritime Museum

Situated at picturesque Newry Beach, the museum is a fascinating family experience. Take a step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales. Learn about shipwrecks, gallant rescues and pirates. Find out what it was like to sail on the Irish Sea 100 years ago. Visit our WW2 Air Raid Shelter and marvel at our collection of WW1 and WW2 memorabilia. You can even test out our authentic Air Raid Siren!

http://www.holyheadmaritimemuseum.co.uk/

Ucheldre Centre

Ucheldre Centre

The Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead is one of the leading arts centres in the country. The main art exhibitions typically change every six weeks, bringing a constant succession of new and interesting work to Anglesey. There’s also the Ucheldre Kitchen restaurant, shop and garden. The Centre is an important part of the cultural life of Holyhead.

https://www.ucheldre.org/abover.htm

Hut Circle and Hill Forts on Holyhead Mountain

Hut Circle and Hill Forts on Holyhead Mountain

Holyhead Mountain lies about 2 miles west of the town of Holyhead, and slopes steeply down to the Irish Sea on two sides. There is a late Roman watchtower, called Caer y Twr (Tower Fortress) on the east side of the hill. Holyhead Mountain also has an Iron Age Stone Circle settlement and the material for the Breakwater was quarried from the Mountain too. It is the first sight of land people have when travelling from Dublin to Holyhead. Holyhead Mountain is home to several rare species of flora including the spotted-rock rose that cling to the dry, rocky areas, hidden within the scrub along the sides of the path. This tiny plant with yellow and crimson-spotted petals, only flowers once, and drops its petals within a few hours, making it extremely difficult to find. Another species endemic to South Stack is the spatulate fleawort - found here and nowhere else on the planet. Trinity House, an ornate stone magazine hut was used to store gunpowder for a large cannon that was once positioned on the cliff top. The cannon would fire warning shots to any passing ships venturing too close to the rocks but eventually it fell into the sea. It has since been recovered and is now on show at the Breakwater Country Park.

Holyhead Port

Holyhead Port

The Port of Holyhead (Welsh: Porthladd Caergybi) is a commercial and ferry port in Anglesey, Wales, handling more than 2 million passengers each year. Stena Line and Irish Ferries sail from Holyhead to Dublin in Ireland, forming the principal link for surface transport from north Wales and central and northern England to Ireland. The port is partly on Holy Island and partly on Salt Island (Welsh: Ynys Halen). It is made up of the Inner Harbour, the Outer Harbour and the New Harbour (opened in 1880) all sheltered by the Holyhead Breakwater which, at 1.5 miles, is the longest in the UK.

For further information please visit the following websites:

Stena Line https://www.stenaline.co.uk/routes/holyhead-dublin

Irish Ferries https://www.irishferries.com/uk-en/routes-and-times/dublin-holyhead/


Newry Beach

Newry Beach

Newry Beach is 5 minutes walk from the Beach Hut Holyhead and is a great place to take in the sea air whilst enjoying the sites of the Holyhead harbour. During the summer months you will see hundreds of moored boats in front of the spectacular 1.5 mile long Holyhead Breakwater.

 
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