A guide to the Isle of Anglesey

Guide: Isle of Anglesey

Introduction

Anglesey or Ynys Môn is an island off the north west coast of Wales. Two bridges span the Menai Strait, connecting it to the mainland: the Menai Suspension Bridge designed by Thomas Telford in 1826 and the Britannia Bridge. Formerly part of Gwynedd, Anglesey, Holy Island and other smaller islands now make up the Isle of Anglesey County

Almost three quarters of the inhabitants are Welsh speakers and Ynys Môn, the Welsh name for the island, is used for the UK Parliament and National Assembly constituencies. With an area of 714 square kilometres (276 sq miles) Anglesey is the largest Welsh island, the fifth largest surrounding Great Britain and the largest in the Irish Sea.

Interesting Facts

The historic town of Beaumaris is the site of one of the castles built by Edward I after his defeat of the Welsh princes, as well as the historic mansion Henllys Hall, now a hotel (see their pages for more on the history of Anglesey and Wales). The town of Holyhead, on Holy Island, is the main ferry port for travel across the Irish Sea to Dublin and Llangefni, in the centre of the island, is the county town. Kovach Computing Services (the host of this site) is located in the village of Pentraeth.

Anglesey also has the village with the longest place name in Britain: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. The name, when translated into English, means "The church of St. Mary in a hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and near St. Tysilio's church by the red cave". The name was actually coined in the nineteenth century to attract tourists to the Island. It is abbreviated to Llanfairpwll or Llanfair P.G. by the locals.

Population: 68,600 (2010)

Area: 714 km²

Island group: British Isles

University: Coleg Menai, Llangefni

Places To Stay

These are the Welsh Rarebits hotels located on the Island :

Places To Visit

Sources Of Information

Beaumaris http://www.beaumaris.org.uk/

Anglesey Leisure  http://www.angleseyleisure.com/

Maps

http://isleofanglesey.map.yertown.co.uk/

Photos & Videos

Flickr : Isle of Anglesey

YouTube :  Anglesey http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=isle%20of%20anglesey&sm=1

Weather

Met Office : Anglesey  http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/anglesey-hampshire#?tab=fiveDay&fcTime=1386720000

BBC Weather : Holyhead  http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/2646686