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Holyhead

Travel Guide
South Stack Lighthouse showing general coastal views and a lighthouse

As a major seaport, the town of Holyheadin Wales draws an eclectic and ever changing mix of people to its streets. With this in mind, it’s perhaps not surprising that this remarkable little town has a vibrant energy and excellent restaurants to enjoy. And, as if that isn’t enough, it also offers some of the most astounding views over the Irish Sea.

Spectacular in summer, Holyheadis known for its stunning coastal trails and it is the beginning and end point for the Anglesey coastal path. With natural wonders in abundance, a rich and far-reaching maritime history and the longest breakwater in the UK, there is no shortage of interesting features to enjoy in this quirky town.

Holyhead Breakwater PromenadeAt 1.7 miles long, Holyhead Breakwater is the longest in the UK – a particularly impressive feat when you consider that the structure was completed in 1873. In good weather, you can enjoy a gentle stroll along the promenade that sits atop this piece of Victorian history. At the end you will find a small lighthouse and outstanding offshore views of the Welsh coastline.

Holyhead’s South Stack Lighthouse and RSPB ReserveFor lighthouse lovers, the town has another impressive treat in store. West of central Holyhead, South Stack Lighthouse has been calling out to sailors in the dark for over 200 years. It is situated in a RSPB nature reserve that is home to rare birds, including puffins and choughs. You don’t need to be a geologist to appreciate the rock formations here either. But don’t forget your binoculars!

Breakwater Country ParkFrom sheer cliffs to countryside, another outdoor option is the Breakwater Country Park. Built in the quarry from which the granite was taken for Holyhead Breakwater – hence the name – the park is over 100 acres in size. Climb Holyhead Mountain, enjoy views from the highest point in Anglesey and come down the other side where you can have a well-earned cup of tea in the park cafe, whilst you soak up the tranquillity.

Eating Out in HolyheadWith all this local walking available, and the Anglesey coastal path and nearby Snowdonia National Park haven’t been mentioned yet, you’re bound to work up an appetite. As a port town, Holyhead has dozens of great places to eat. Find a bistro overlooking the harbour or stop off for a cake in one its quaint tearooms. There’s some excellent international cuisine here too, so you can choose from Indian, Mexican, Chinese or Thai. You’ll always find some hearty pub grub nearby too, and as you would expect of a British seaside town – a good old fashioned fish and chip shop or two!

Visit Holyhead In Holyheadyou can expect to find all this and more. Bustling with a great restaurant scene, a plethora of great places to stay and even its own maritime museum, booking a trip to Holyhead is guaranteed to help you get away from it all. Book your trip to Holyheadwith Expedia today.

The Anchorage Hotel
The Anchorage Hotel
3 out of 5
Four Mile Bridge, Holyhead, Wales
The price is £110 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Trearddur Bay Beach, Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Traeth Llydan. Holyhead ...
3.9/5Good! (71 reviews)
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Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

The Anchorage Hotel
Hotel Cymyran
Hotel Cymyran
3.5 out of 5
Llanfair N.B., Anglesey, Holyhead, Wales
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Anglesey Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within 6 miles (10 km) of Holyhead Harbour and Trearddur ...
4/5Very Good! (48 reviews)
"A delightful and quiet rural local with easy access to all the delights of Anglesey. The staff were relaxed and really helpful at all times. The rooms were very clean, large with everything you require for your stay."

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2021

Hotel Cymyran
Trearddur Bay Hotel
Trearddur Bay Hotel
4 out of 5
Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, Wales
The price is £159 per night from 5 Aug to 5 Aug
Situated in Holyhead, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Trearddur Bay Beach and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Holyhead Harbour. Porth Dafarch Beach and Anglesey ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (261 reviews)
"Hotel is in a great location, and our room has fantastic views of the bay. All staff have been fantastic from check in to evening meal to breakfast. We will be visiting here again."

Reviewed on 9 Jul 2021

Trearddur Bay Hotel
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Y Wylan
Y Wylan
3.5 out of 5
Bodwarren Farm Penrhos Feilw, Holyhead, Wales
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mi (2 km) of St Cybi's Church and Holyhead Harbour. Ucheldre Centre and Newry Beach are also within 1 mile ...
Y Wylan
24 Isallt Lodges
24 Isallt Lodges
3.5 out of 5
24 Isallt Lodges Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, Wales
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Trearddur Bay Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Holyhead Harbour. Porth Dafarch Beach and Anglesey Area ...
24 Isallt Lodges
Y Lleiaf
Y Lleiaf
3.5 out of 5
8 Porthdafarch South Cottages, Porthdafarch, Holyhead, Wales
Situated near the beach, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Porth Dafarch Beach and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Holyhead Harbour. Trearddur Bay Beach and Anglesey ...
Y Lleiaf
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Holyhead

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25 Oct 2019

It's easy to travel to anywhere from there by train.

3/5 - Okay

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23 Sep 2019

As was a one night overnight stay did not explore the area ; arrived late, left early.However liked the location and property and have recommended a summer stay to the family.

4/5 - Good

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30 Aug 2019

Great views.

3/5 - Okay

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20 Aug 2019

It is a very historic small town, with people only staying a night I guess due to ferries. Range of places to eat, but a little run down and closes early. Friendly where we went.

3/5 - Okay

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10 Aug 2019

Holyhead town isn't the best but this hotel is outside the town and is in a beautiful spot

4/5 - Good

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10 Jul 2019

If you go walking on the mountain make sure you are prepared for a sudden arrival of mist. It took us by surprise at the highest point and we needed advice on the best way back down once we had lost sight of the coast.

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