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Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

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Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Coming from Dublin on the ferry, then on to London on the connecting train. Thinking it might be fun to stay In and around Holyhead, walking and taking taxi or bus.

Is this a good idea? Is Holyhead walkable from the ferry station? Is it worth spending a night there also? Lodging ideas near the train?

Also, would it cost appreciably more to split our ticket (meaning have the ferry ticket, then have a separate train ticket on to London since we are maybe staying in Holyhead for the day or overnight?)

Ideas and recommendations are appreciated!

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1. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

The words Holyhead and "fun" don't really go together as much as Holyhead and bleak or Holyhead and desolate or Holyhead and run-down.

"Jolly-head" it isn't. Move on down the line and stay in Conwy. In fact google Conwy and see what a "fun" place is. Historic and attractive as well.

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2. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Unfortnately have to agree with Henneth, Holyhead is not a destination, it is a ferryport. Everyone there is trying to get somewhere else.

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3. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Also, just to confirm, the Sail-Rail through tickets do NOT allow stop-offs en route (except for the purpose of changing trains). . If you wanted to stop somewhere you would need to buy a Sail-Rail ticket to the stop-off point, then a separate rail-only ticket for the onward journey.

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4. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Agree with all below postings. Depressing place these days. Which is a shame as it used to be a busy active place.

Conwy or Llandudno would be a good day out, plenty to see and do for a day and plenty of nice places to stay if you wished. Then you could get a direct train to London from Llandudno junction in the morning.

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Edited: 10:23 am, February 21, 2013
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5. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

I respect the views of other posters but don't agree with them. As an Irish person who has been in (as well as through) Holyhead countless times I've found the people invariably helpful and fully acknowledge it's not a key tourist spot. Nonetheless it offers a number of possibilities:

Alighting from the ferry the town centre is easily accessed in 3 minutes or so via the Celtic Gateway Footbridge which starts at the top of platform 2, just between the ferry part of the terminal and the rail station.

The town centre itself is struggling. That could be said of several towns up and down Britain and Ireland. Nonetheless there is a supermarket, a number of good places to eat and a few shops (the larger chains are located out of town). There are also several places to stay should one wish to do so. The town has a maritime museum:

visitanglesey.co.uk/en-GB/holyhead_maritime_…

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park:

http://www.holyhead.com/breakwaterCP/

It's possible to walk over Holyhead Mountain to South Stack Lighthouse.

www.visitanglesey.co.uk/FileHandler.ashx…

The views from South Stack lighthouse are stunning (access is via stairs cut in the cliff face). The lighthouse can in fact be seen to the south around half an hour before arriving at Holyhead on the ferry from Dublin/ Dún Laoghaire.

visitanglesey.co.uk/south_stack_lighthouse-9…

There's no longer a bus to South Stack from Holyhead but it's possible to ring up a taxi firm in Holyhead for the short trip back.

An alternative is to take the train to Rhosneigr (10 minutes from Holyhead by train) and avail of a walk such as the following:

www.visitanglesey.co.uk/FileHandler.ashx…

It's possible to continue your journey from Rhosneigr (just buy your ticket from the ticket checker onboard the train).

In Holyhead the train ticket should be purchased from the ticket office before boarding.

Hope this may be of some help. Have a good trip.

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6. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Hi-you need to be very careful with that idea. As has been said splitting your ticket could be very expensive.Example-.Is sail-away only £38 dublin to london ? Booked separately the total travel cost could be around £120. Believe me theres not much in Holyhead if you don"t have a car.Put yor trust in virgin trains and get moving,they are very comfortable.

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7. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Thanks for all the input. We were in Conwy years ago (loved it), so our decision is to heed the advice and just buy a through ticket from Dublin port to London! Again, thanks everyone.

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8. Re: Should we spend a day in Holyhead bet. the ferry and train?

Well said visit tourist

Tis just a short walk or taxi to the country park , if its a sunny day v.nice

South stack lighthouse and a walk over the headlands near Treardur Bay is a fantastic day out.

Nice positive post , if more people spent time in Holyhead it wouldn't be " struggling."

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