Holyhead, so called from a monastery founded by St. Gybi in the sixth century, is the chief packet station for Ireland, and stands on Holy Island, on a bay between it and the west side of Anglesea, 64 miles from Dublin.
Beaumaris, the capital of Anglesea, is beautifully situated at the entrance to the Menai Straits, about 4 miles from Bangor. It has remains of a castle, built in the thirteenth century by Edward I. The chapel and the great hall, 70 feet long, in which Queen Victoria (then princess) with the Duchess of Kent, her mother, attended an Eisteddfod or Bardic meeting in 1832, are still in a state of preservation. Baron Hall is the fine seat of Sir R. B. W. Bulkeley, Bart; in the grounds is the curious stone coffin of King John’s daughter, Joan, named Llewellyn ap Jorworth, who founded a priory, of which there are remains at Llanvaes. Further on are Penmon Priory and the Mona (Mon is the Welsh name for Anglesea) Marble Quarries. Then Puffin Island Light, near which the Rothesay Castle steamer was wrecked in 1831, and 100 lives lost. Further on to the west there is a fine view from a large camp called Bwrdd Arthur or Arthur’s Round Table.
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A cathedral town and bathing place in Carnarvonshire, North Wales, near Snowdon, and only 2¼ miles from the Britannia Bridge. You enter it by a tunnel 3,000 feet long. It is an excellent resting place, not only for the fine m…
It occupies the site of a Roman town called Segontium, of which there are various relics in the museum. The well-preserved castle, built between 1284 and 1320, is the most interesting object; it covers 2½ acres. There are remains of the gateway, t…