• Anthony Oldfield

Holyhead Shore Excursion

Updated: May 22, 2020

Holyhead or Caergybi in Welsh, is the largest town on the beautiful island of Anglesey and the gateway for visitors arriving to North Wales by cruise ship or ferry. In the 19th century it was chosen as the site for a strategically important port linking London and Dublin to enable civil servants and politicians to travel from London to Ireland. The Port of Holyhead marks the end of the historic A5 trunk road from London, which was designed by the famous engineer, Thomas Telford.

Its position as the principal port of North Wales was initially in doubt when a route to Ireland was first proposed, as the first choice was the now quiet Morfa Nevyn on the Llyn Peninsula. It was thought this was a better route as it did not require a crossing of the Menai Straits, which at this time had yet to be bridged. However, Thomas Telford's Menai suspension bridge, erected in 1826, meant that the Straits were no longer an obstacle to commercial travel. From then on, Holyhead's pre-eminence was assured, and it has remained unchallenged for nearly 200 years.

Holyhead's roots go back much further, and there is evidence of neolithic occupation in the area around South Stack. More recent was the occupation by the Romans, who constructed a hill fort on Holyhead Mountain. This fort was ancillary to the larger fort of Segontium (Caernarfon).

Why not follow in the footsteps of the Romans and explore the beautiful region of North Wales whilst your ship takes a rest in Holyhead! Join us as we explore historic castles such as Beaumaris, Conwy and Caernarfon. Come and learn the legend of Gelert and see the smallest house in Great Britain! See all this and more with Bespoke Tours of North Wales.

We can collect you from the Port of Holyhead and whisk you away in our Land Rover Discovery and return you back safely in time for your ships departure.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

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