Great Days Out in North Wales
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Menai Bridge's two impressive bridges provide Anglesey's physical links with the mainland. Thomas Telford's Menai Suspension Bridge (Pont Menai), opened in 1826. The world's first iron suspension bridge with its roadway set 98ft/30m above the water to allow tall ships to sail beneath. The Britannia Bridge (Pont Brittania), opened in 1850 was originally built to carry rail traffic but was converted to a double-decked structure following a catastrophic fire in 1970. It now carries both rail and road traffic.
From the cemetery of the ancient church of St Tysilio on Church Island, which can be reached by crossing a small causeway, there are wonderful views of the Menai Strait and both bridges. Visit the Menai Bridge Community Heritage Centre, a community project to celebrate the two famous bridges, the rich marine environment, the outstanding natural beauty of the Menai Straits, and the story of the people of the area through the last centuries.
Just outside Menai Bridge on the B5420 is Pili Palas, a butterfly, bird and minibeast palace with a nature trail, children's play area, adventure playground and a cafe.
Two miles from Menai Bridge is Llanfairpwll, the village with the longest place name in Britain - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
Visit James Pringle Weavers for a range of woollens, golf clothing and equipment and Welsh gifts.
Just outside the village is the Marquess of Anglesey's Column. The column commemorates the first Marquess of Anglesey, who lost his leg whilst fighting alongside the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo. The Marquess's home, Plas Newydd, lies two miles south and is now a National Trust property with 18th century mansion and gardens.