Holyhead is the largest town in Anglesey, and as such it is also a major Irish Sea port.
However, a little known fact about the town is that it is actually located on an island just off Anglesey, rather than in the county itself. The island is called Holy Island, and is connected to Anglesey proper via ‘The Cobb’, a causeway built in the 19th century by Lord Stanley. The more modern A55 runs parallel to it.
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Holyhead is a fascinating place. It has a rare three walled Roman fort (the fourth wall was in fact the sea) as well as a Roman watchtower on top of what is known as Holyhead Mountain (another site not to be missed). On the other side of Holyhead Mountain is South Stack, and there you will find an impressive lighthouse which, wonderfully, is open to the public.
Holyhead is a haven for nature lovers of all kinds, but it is particularly perfect for bird watchers. To enjoy the views, and the birds, why not visit Ellins Tower, Holyhead Breakwater Country Park, or the South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve? If you prefer moving around as opposed to sitting still, there are some stunning walks to be taken around Holyhead and Holy Island itself.
Ferries from Holyhead
|Holyhead Dublin||4 daily||2 hours||See prices|
|Holyhead Dublin||4 daily||3¼ hours||See prices °|
This information is for reference purposes only. Journey times are approximate. Frequency is based on typical schedules. Schedules are subject to availability and weather conditions. Information correct at the time of writing.
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Holyhead Ferry Terminal, Holyhead, Anglesey, Gwynedd, LL65 1DQ, United Kingdom
Holyhead Port is located within Holyhead on the tip of Anglesey in North Wales.
It's conveniently located at the end of the A55 dual carriageway which connects it along North Wales to places such as Bangor, Conwy, Abergele, and eventually if you follow it along to Chester and beyond.
The port is located around 80 miles (about 129 kilometres) from Chester so it's reasonable travelling distance from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool too.
A short stay car park can be found outside the terminal and offers 20 minutes of free parking. Beware of traffic wardens monitoring the car park who will issue fines for longer stays,
A long stay Pay and Display car park is available nearby. In May 2016 the cost reported by Irish Ferries was £8 per 24 hours and by Stena Line was £7 per 24 hours.
Getting there by coach
National Express does not have a coach stop at Holyhead. The nearest stops are in Caernarfon and Bangor, up to 10 miles (about 16 kilometres) away. Bangor has a train station opening up the possibility of a journey between there and Holyhead to avoid paying for an expensive taxi ride.
Route 385 serves both these stops on the network of stops that joins Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Pwllheli. The route includes connections at Manchester, Liverpool, Cheshire Oaks, Prestatyn, Rhyl, Colwyn Bay, and Llandudno, amongst others. Book your tickets here.
Getting there by train
Near to the port is Holyhead train station which serves North Wales and beyond too. Services from here run to Maesteg via Shrewsbury, London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Cardiff.
Manchester is around a 3¼ hour train journey away. On average the train journey from Birmingham to Holyhead is 4 hours, a similar time to the journey from London. The journey from Cardiff to Holyhead takes around 5 hours, a similar time to the fastest services from Edinburgh.