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.
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".
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.
- Rail Station platform sign. The main attraction in town is easy to find: it's the town's name spelled out on a long sign at the train station. The name is also used on several nearby signs within town, although Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is used on some signs there and on road signs leading to it.
- St Mary's Church.
- The Marquess of Anglesey's Column. You can climb to the top for views over the Menai Strait.
- Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, LL61 6DQ, ☎ +44 1248 714795, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 12:00 - 16:30. National Trust owned. Home of the Marquess of Anglesey that was built in the 18th century.
- Anglesey Sea Zoo, ☎ +44 1248 43041. Brynsiencyn. Open early February through early November. Wales' largest marine aquarium, re-creating the habitats of the fauna and flora found around Anglesey and the North Wales coastline, educational as well as entertaining. Adult £5.95, senior £5,50, child/student £4.95.
- Anglesey Walking Holidays, 3 Penrallt, Menai Bridge, ☎ +44 1248 713611, e-mail: email@example.com. Tailor made walking and cycling holidays on the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, Snowdonia, Wales Coast Path (North Section) and Offa's Dyke - packages include accommodation, luggage transfers, maps, routes. 5* Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Get a bumper sticker from the garage: there are no gift shops there.
- The Marquis Restaurant, Holyhead Road, ☎ +44 1248 713340.
- Tafarn Ty Gwyn, Holyhead Road, ☎ +44 1248 715599.
- The Penrhos Arms, Holyhead Road.
Go to a pub: there is one opposite the train station.
- Plas Coch Holiday Park, Plas Coch Holiday Park, Llanedwen, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Isle of Anglesey LL61 6EJ, toll-free: 0800 717 707, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Awarded 5 * by the Wales Tourist Board, it is set in over 60 acres of parkland near the Menai Straits.
- Carreg Bran Hotel, Church Lane, ☎ +44 1248 714224.
- Liverpool Arms Hotel.
- Carreg Goch, ☎ +44 1248 430315.
- The Outbuildings, Bodowyr Farm, Llangaffo, Anglesey LL60 6NH, ☎ +44 1248 430132, e-mail: email@example.com. Restaurant with rooms. Five luxurious en-suite bedrooms, restaurant and events venue with wedding licence. £90.
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.