Great Days Out in North Wales
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At first glance Holyhead, the largest town on Anglesey, can be summed up as a busy ferry port (the port of Holyhead is the busiest UK Irish ferry port) but there is more to the town than that. It has a range of shops, eating places, an arts centre, an impressive 500 berth marina and a wealth of historic sites. Outside the town itself coastal cliffs and award winning beaches are an added attraction.
The award-winning Ucheldre Arts Centre, housed in an impressive old chapel hosts exhibitions, craft displays and a lively programme of arts and theatre workshops and performances.
Visit South Stack Lighthouse, the only attraction of its kind in Wales, accessed via a bridge and a steep flight of approximately 400 steps. Built in 1809, it was automated in 1984 and closed to the public. It reopened in 1998 and has a visitor centre and a cafe.
There are excellent beach and coastal walks at Penrhos Coastal Park and Breakwater Country Park. These parks, together with the RSPB visitor centre in Elin's Tower and South Stack, are popular birdwatching centres. Summer is peak season, when you can expect to see Guillemot, Chough, Grebe, Puffin and Peregrine Falcon.
Holyhead Maritime Museum, housed in the oldest lifeboat station in Wales (circa 1858) has a collection of exhibits that tell the fascinating maritime history of Holyhead and Anglesey.
2 miles South of Holyhead on the West coast of Holy Island is the resort of Trearddur Bay with its award winning sheltered, sandy beach popular with families and water sport enthusiasts. 2 miles further South of Trearddur Bay is Rhoscolyn, best known for its large, attractive beach.