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The town and port are built on Holy Island and reached by a causeway which itself is just off the coast of North Wales. Known as a very busy and important ferry port that links North Wales to Ireland via the Irish ports of Dun Laoghaire and Dublin. However, the town and surrounding area have so much more to offer tourists and visitors.
It is a great base in which to stay and explore some of the finest accommodation on the island. Whatever the time of year the area has so much to offer with an abundance of sandy beaches, rocky coves, and historic sites. Over the years there have been many shipwrecks around this area of coast and, unfortunately, they continue to occur occasionally to this day. It was with this in mind that in 1809 The South Stack Lighthouse was completed. Today the Lighthouse is a major attraction for tourists and visitors with many coming to the RSPB reserve at Ellin's Tower at the top of the cliff to view the many thousands of birds including rare choughs, razorbills, guillemots, and puffins that nest on the sheer cliff face. But be warned! if you plan to visit the lighthouse be prepared for the 400 stone steps that lead steeply down to the suspension bridge that crosses the deep sea channel to the island of the lighthouse.
The history of Holyhead can be traced back beyond the 6th-century Christian saints, and indeed further back than even the Romans. There are a number of prehistoric sites that you may care to visit. Nearby you will find The Ty Mawr Hut Circles, Penrhos Feilw Standing Stones and Trefignath Burial Chamber, which dates from the Neolithic age, to name but a few.
The Maritime Museum is well worth a visit, located on Newry Beach, in the old lifeboat station, where the more recent maritime history of the town is on display. The interesting displays include the diver's suit worn by Norman Owen a local man, who finding himself trapped underwater by one of his hands started to chop off two of his fingers with his diver’s knife. Unfortunately, after doing this he was still unable to free himself and with little air left he signaled to the surface to pull him up. This saved Norman's life but also tore off the remainder of his fingers.