This village with it's famous railway station is known to the tourist as the longest official place name in Europe and possibly second longest in the world. As the name presents it's own problems, it is often shortened to Llanfairpwll or as I refer to it ... Llanfair PG. In that sense the meaning of the Welsh translation (St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave) is a little lost !
For obvious reasons, it is not one of my favourite places but I felt that blog readers would like to this curiosity a lot more than I would want to publish this tourist only post ! It was thought the name originated in the 1860's as a publicity stunt by an unknown shoe repairer in a nearby village. His plan worked !
Although the railway station is on the main Crewe - Holyhead ( North Wales Coast ) line, most people arrive here by road transport as only local trains stop here.
|The other station ..... !!|
|Where more people sit on the other platform !! ..........|
|... thinking about destinations that "Arriva trains Wales" will never take you too !!|
|The Marquess of Anglesey's column|
|Time to ascend the steps inside and .......|
|....see the building where I paid my entrance fee......|
|.... and see the main road/rail entrance into Anglesey... or ... The floodgates of tourism and industry are open !!|
(As a point of interest, Bangor is to the left of this picture, my accommodation was in the centre of the picture on the slopes of the small foreground hill and I did one mountain walk which was the peak on the far left horizon.
|The other empty friday platform to match the real one !|