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Saxon Cross, Penmon, Anglesey

Saxon Cross, Penmon, Anglesey

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Introduction

Anglesey is a large island off the coast of north-west Wales. It was here that the Druids retreated when facing the Roman legions but the Romans waded the waters of the Menai Straits separating Anglesey from the mainland and there was a slaughter.

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Towns and Villages

  • llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogochuchaf - beat that for length!
  • Beaumaris Great little town - for castle see below
  • Holyhead -ferry to Ireland
  • Amlwch
  • Menai Bridge - the name of the Town is singular but there are actually three bridges over the Menai Straits, two road bridges and the Telford Suspension Bridge carrying the railway.
  • Aberffraw
  • Cemaes - attractive bay.
  • Moelfre
  • Newborough massive beach and extensive dunes.
  • Penmon - tiny village at the eastern tip of the island - with a lighthouse and facing Puffin Island. Old priory and a Saxon cross in the church.

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Sights and Activities

Numerous ancient sites are in the case of Cadw

  • Beaumaris Castle - with a spectacular moat - one of Edward I's ring of castles to keep the Welsh subdued.
  • Din LLigwy - three for the price of one, except that it's all free. Lligwy Chapel is a ruined chapel of ease from the Middle Ages with steps down to a burial vault; there is also a prehistoric cromlech with a huge capstone and a settlement from Roman times with the bottom of round and rectangular buildings.
  • South Stack Cliffs Bird Reserve - Ellins Tower Visitors centre open from easter to September but the breeding and nesting season is by far the best time.
  • Plas Newydd House and Gardens - the Marquis of Anglesey's estate owned by the National Trust - superb views over the Menai Straits to Snowdon.
From Plas Newydd, Anglesey

From Plas Newydd, Anglesey

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