Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, is renowned for having the longest place name in Britain; the village's full name, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is 58 letters in length, being one of the longest names in the world. This is one of the reasons why so many people decide to visit the Anglesey village each year. The name is Welsh for "St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave". But study the translation of the name and you will find better reasons for visiting the village than the usual photo opportunity at the small railway station notice board. There are beautiful walks alongside the Menai Strait with views of Snowdonia and both the Brittania and the Menai Bridges. Visit the old church of St Tysilio's on Church Island and watch the swirling waters of the strait and an abundance of wildlife.
The Marquess of Anglesey monument is a towering 27 metres high, with views over the island and the Menai Strait. Built in 1816, the statue commemorates the first Marquess of Anglesey, Lord Paget, who was second in command to the Duke of Wellington at the battle of Waterloo. The statue was built of limestone from Moelfre (northern Anglesey) and is a beautiful monument to see whilst passing through Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. The Marquess isn't all that's in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll: the Menai Bridge is an impressive sight to see and no doubt you'll drive over it into Anglesey. The bridge was designed by Thomas Telford, opened in 1826 and was one of the first suspension bridges in the world. Other places worth visiting in Anglesey are Llanddwyn Island off Newborough beach, the Anglesey Sea Zoo and the 18th century Plas Newydd, now in the hands of the National Trust.