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Menai Bridge tourist guide

The small town of Menai Bridge, as its name suggests, lies by the famous Menai Suspension Bridge and overlooks the picturesque Menai Strait. The town, dating back to Roman times, grew as a result of offering the shortest crossing of the Strait.

If you are visiting the town, there's plenty of parking and a variety of local shops and services, from butchers and caf├ęs, to antiques and even kitchen design. The town is also the home of the Channel 4 Wales 'Rownd A Rownd' children's television drama. The town features regularly in the programme and the starts can often be seen in and around the town.

Five miles south of the Menai Bridge and a great family day out is Brynsiencyn, location of the Anglesey Sea Zoo and the largest marine aquarium in Wales. Noted for its close involvement in the conservation of seahorses, it contains a variety of marine life, from eels to lobsters and fish and other marine animals from around the island placed into natural shore habitats. It is also the home of the Anglesey Sea Salt Company and commercial activity there includes local oysters for pearls and lobsters for food.

There's not a lot that can really be said - or pronounced - about one of the most famous villages in Wales - or for that matter in the UK - Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch that has not been said already elsewhere.

Located near the Britannia Bridge, people come for miles to have their photograph taken by the train station sign of one of the longest-named towns - with 58 letters - in the world or to have 'passports' stamped in a local shop.

Well worth a visit, the 27 metre (nearly 85 ft) Marquess of Anglesey's Column, if you take the 115 steps to the top, provides wonderful views over Anglesey and the Menai Strait. It was built to commemorate the allied victory at the Battle of Waterloo. Don't forget your camera!

And aside from its very famous name, the town is also known for hosting the first ever meeting of the Women's Institute in the UK in 1915.

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