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A small coastal town in Wales, utterly undistinguished apart from its use as one of the main ferry terminals from England to Ireland. Like all ferryport towns, Holyhead has that kind of cheesy, ingratiating seafront atmosphere that attracts disgruntled German tourists ("Why is there no control of the littering in this otherwise attractive town?") and drunk football fans ("Ho-ly-head, Ho-ly-head, live here and you're better off de-ad...")

The official Holyhead website (www.holyhead.org) says:

Holyhead is the largest town on the island of Anglesey and is perhaps known best for being a busy ferry port. However, visitors should also note that the town has a number of interesting attractions and is a bustling shopping and visitors area in its own right.
And just to make you feel safe on your journey across the notoriously rough and possibly radioactive Irish Sea to Dublin:
The maritime museum in Holyhead is well worth a visit where you can learn more about the 100 or so shipwrecks that have taken place in the vicinity

I'm booking my ticket right now.

Holyhead is the largest town within the county of Anglesey in north Wales - although to be exact it is not on the island of Anglesey itself but rather on the adjacent Holy Island that lies off the western coast of Anglesey and is connected by a causeway over which runs the main A5 trunk road.

Its Welsh name is "Caergybi", the fortress of Cybi, an early Welsh Saint. There is indeed an old Roman fort whose walls still remain to this day which was probably built in the third century to defend the area from Irish raids. It is within the confines of this fort that Saint Cybi is traditionally said to have established an early Christian monastery but any traces have been since obscured by the parish church built between 13th and 16th centuries.

Holyhead only really developed as a major port in the 19th century with the enlargement of the harbour and the arrival in 1848 of the Chester and Holyhead Railway. The town became the principal port for traffic between Britain and Ireland and stood at the terminus of a major communication route to London. Today the ferries continue to run to Dublin on a daily basis.

Table of References

  • http://www.gazetteer-wales.co.uk/
  • http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/
  • http://www.holyhead.com/sitemap/
  • http://www.alangodfreymaps.co.uk/anglesey.htm
  • http://www.holyhead.org/

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