Tours on Anglesey
Tours on Anglesey
Place names unbundled: Menai Bridge This local walking circuit around Menai Bridge uses the names of local streets and other landmarks to reveal the town's fascinating history, before and after the advent of the suspension bridge and the steamships from Liverpool. The introduction to this tour is available here. Or you can skip the intro and dive in here, at Uxbridge Square.
Our tour of hundreds of QR-code sites along the Wales Coast Path includes a circuit of Anglesey.
We also have QR codes along National Cycle Network Route 5, which crosses the island from Holyhead to Menai Bridge.
Also along National Cycle Network Route 8, which takes a different route between Holyhead and Menai Bridge.
Our tour along Thomas Telford's historic Irish Mail road, now the A5, also crosses Anglesey.
Join the tour at a key location...
St Cybi’s Church
French privateer cannons
Heroes & Villains tour, Holyhead
Holyhead’s history abounds with tales of heroism and courage, typified by the Royal Humane Society’s silver medal for a sailor who saved a woman and child from drowning in the dock. John Fox Russell, a fearless medic who died in the First World War, was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest honour for bravery. An American-born sea captain, who had only one arm, was feted after bringing a passenger ship safely into the harbour during a storm in 1807.
The town has had more than its share of villains too, including the Vikings who looted St Cybi’s church and the soldiers in 1405 who took the saint’s relics to Ireland, where they were later lost. In 1710, French privateers pretended their ship was British and in distress in order to kidnap port officials and demand a ransom. They soon got their comeuppance, through what appeared to be divine retribution.
Follow the QR-code tour around the town to discover the places connected to these remarkable characters.
To start the tour, simply scan any of the QR codes along the route with a smartphone or tablet, or use the list on the right to join the tour online. Click “Next” at the foot of the page to see where the next featured location is.