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93 Newry Street, Cemaes Bay
Llanfair yn Neubwll, Llangefni
Newry Beach, Cemaes Bay
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Prehistoric settlements and Roman era forts are dotted around Holy Island and are within easy reach of the various Holyhead hotels. These are wonderful glimpses into the rich history of the United Kingdom. One of the most important sites is an old Roman watchtower which was constructed in the ruins of Mynydd y Twr. Rising from the shattered remains of the prehistoric settlement, this tower commands an impressive view of the Holyhead Mountains and the lands beneath them.
When it comes to important archaeological finds, this area has some of the nation's greatest. Standing stones, circular huts, and prehistoric burial chambers in this spot boast the greatest concentration of their kind in Britain. For tourists who are keen to see relics of a glorious and long departed civilization, whether it be the simple and pragmatic structures of the original native Britons or the more sophisticated buildings left by the Romans, there is much variety.
The town centre itself is built in and among the remains of one of the United Kingdom's most archaeologically interesting ruins. It's likely that one of the Holyhead hotels you look at will be in this area. In Roman times this was the province of Britannia Superior, though the Latin name of the fort which was built here is unknown. The fort is called Caer Gybi by the Welsh, and in fact the name of the entire surrounding town in the Welsh tongue is still Caergybi.
The importance of this Roman fortress to historians and those who are interested in ancient warfare or construction in general is that it s one of Europe's only three walled fortifications left behind by the Roman Empire's expansion throughout the known world. Forts usually had four or more walls, but in Caer Gybi's case the fourth wall was provided by the sea itself. Outside Caernarfon in Gwenydd another fortress called Segontium was probably used in conjunction with Caer Gybi in order to repel Irish invaders from across the water.
At the end of the fourth century it seems that the troops stationed there, and at Segontium, were called away to Europe again to participate in the fighting against Eugenius of Gaul and his men. Since that time the forts have stood empty of soldiers, slowly growing over with the lush green of Wales. In the sixth century Saint Cybi, a bishop and warrior prince who was briefly king of Cornwall, built a monastery on the site. His grave remains there, visited by the curious each year.
Of particular interest to those who enjoy hikes and other outdoor wandering is the Anglesey Coastal Path and there are a number of Holyhead hotels close to this two hundred kilometer (one hundred and twenty five mile) network of public pathways and designated permissive paths, this popular set of trails begins and ends in the city. Contained almost entirely within Anglesey's Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, hikers can find themselves experiencing elevation changes of slightly more than four thousand meters, or nearly fourteen thousand feet in total. The entire path takes on average twelve days to complete and passes through at least twenty villages and towns along the way. Cycling, walking, and public transportation are all perfectly good ways to experience all or part of this incredible set of trails.
Wales' oldest lifeboat station is also located near here, along with a good maritime museum. Other interesting things, though perhaps slightly more off beat and peculiar to the average tourist, would be one of the first churches dedicated to the fictional Jedi religion. Star Wars fans and brothers Daniel and Barney Jones founded it in late 2008, partly to have fun with a movie that they really like but also to gently express their opinion that the mainstream religious schools of thought didn't appeal to them very much. Not wishing to appear completely devoid of moral or compassionate qualities, they sought to adopt the simple and esoteric fake religion created by American film maker George Lucas some time in the late nineteen seventies. In a similar vein, the town is home to the only recognized all female Quidditch team. It is uncertain how these girls manage to play the game, seeing as how it too is an entirely fictitious sport dreamed up by author J K Rowling as part of her immensely popular children's book series which begins with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Given that the game entails flying around on magic brooms, it is probable that the team merely pretends to fly and otherwise plays a variation of football or field hockey.
Visitors to the beautiful north coast of Wales and Holy Island in particular are likely to find it one of the most lovely places in the United Kingdom. It is true that Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and England all possess astonishing beauty here and there, but many people will tell you that there is something else, something qualitatively different about this place. If this sounds like a part of the world that you would like to see, or if the idea of spectacular hikes through the Welsh countryside appeals to you, then it might be time to pick up the phone and let one of the several Holyhead hotels know that you are on your way. Like any other lodging establishments, they will be pleased to accommodate you. It is their pleasure to provide a warm bed, a comfortable room, and as much assistance as you may need in getting to the places you want to see. As with any holiday of this sort it is always a good idea to talk to the front desk or concierge of your Holyhead hotels about local and current activities.