Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is a small, quiet town on the Island of Anglesey off the northwest coast of North Wales, famous for having the longest place name in an English-speaking country. Apart from its name it is similar to other nearby villages.

Understand

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (llan-vire-pool-guin-gith-go-ger-u-queern-drob-ooth-clandus-ilio-gogo-goch) (usually known as Llanfair-pwll or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll) is a Welsh word which translates roughly as "St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the Red Cave".

St Mary's Church, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

The name was coined as a publicity gimmick in the 1860s by concatenating the names of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll ("St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel"), the nearby hamlet of Llantysilio Gogogoch ("the church of St Tysilio of the red cave"), and the chwyrn drobwll ("rapid whirlpool") between them. It was the longest place name in an English-speaking country, but has been challenged by Llanfynydd (which unofficially changed its name to something longer) and a train stop elsewhere in Wales, but neither of these has received official recognition.

Locals refer to the village as Llanfair, or as Llanfair PG (pronounced roughly "Hlan-var Pee Gee") to distinguish it from other places in Wales called "Llanfair(something)". Although typed as 58 characters, it is technically only 50 letters, because in Welsh ll ng and ch are treated as single letters.

The village is divided into two sections. The upper village has mostly older residences and the lower village has newer commercial buildings and the train station.

Get in

Llanfair PG is a request stop on the main rail line between Holyhead and Bangor. It is also reachable by car via the Menai Suspension Bridge.

See

Do

Buy

Get a bumper sticker from the garage: there are no gift shops there.

Eat

Drink

Go to a pub: there is one opposite the train station.

Sleep

Hotel


B&B

Go next

The other villages of Anglesey Holyhead, Beaumaris, Menai Bridge, Llangefni, Ynys Llanddwyn offer similar small-town Welsh character and remote seaside landscapes, including both lovely beaches and rugged cliffs. Beaumaris and Menai Bridge, where a bridge meets the mainland, are particularly close.

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