Holyhead Travel Guide

Situated in the north-west of Wales, Holyhead boasts a bustling port and provides an important connection to the city of Dublin in Ireland. Despite the popularity of the port, the town itself is rather sleepy and this is a good place to discover the traditional charm of Wales. There are plenty of shops and hotels for visitors to choose from here, while the pubs and restaurants are great places to sample traditional Welsh cuisine. Hiking enthusiasts will find several enchanting walking trails to follow, while there are also plenty of natural attractions that just waiting to be visited.

Things to see and do in Holyhead

South Stack Lighthouse – Holyhead, Wales

South Stack Lighthouse on a clear day with a calm sea and blue sky.

People who want to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Holyhead and the surrounding area should climb to the top of South Stack Lighthouse. This impressive structure is 91 feet high and was built in 1809. It can be reached by climbing down the cliff face via a set of four hundred steps and crossing a footbridge to a tiny island.

A picturesque stretch of sand can be found on the edge of Holyhead and this is a great place to spend a few hours soaking up the sun. Newry Beach is lapped by cool and clear waters that are just waiting to be enjoyed, while the beach is lined by shops, restaurants and other amenities.

The gently crumbling ruins of a roman fort can be found just a five minute walk from Holyhead train station and this is a good place to visit in order to discover the rich history of this part of Wales. Entry is available free of charge and visitors will also be able to check out St Cybi Church, which was built on the same site and offers stunning views of Holyhead harbour from the top of the tall tower.

Menai Bridge – Holyhead, Wales

The Menai Suspension bridge which was designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1826 and is a Grade I listed building which links Anglesey to mainland Wales, crossing the Menai Strait.

Taking a stroll along Menai Suspension Bridge is another great way to take in the intense natural beauty of this part of Wales. The bridge can be found at the end of Holyhead Road and separates North Wales from the neighbouring town of Anglesey.

Dating back to the third century, Caer Gybi is one of only three existing walled Roman forts in the whole of Europe, which makes visiting the site a real treat for history lovers. The towers here overlook Holyhead harbour and once served as the first form of defence against invaders from Ireland.

Climate conditions

Holyhead can get rather chilly in the autumn and winter months and people who are planning to spend time exploring the town and the surrounding natural attractions should head here in the summer months. August tends to be the hottest and driest month of the year, while there are also plenty of pleasant warm days to enjoy in June and July.