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Amlwch tourist information & travel guide

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Amlwch tourist guide

The pretty 19th century town of Amlwch, the most northern in Wales, with its imposing cliffs, is situated on the northern coast of Anglesey between Holyhead and the famous Menai Bridge. Back in the late 18th Century, it was the second largest town in Wales. Boats used to sail from the one-time busy harbour - said to date from the Middle Ages and allegedly hidden from Viking attacks - to Liverpool and the Isle of Man.

The Parys Mountain near the town was the site of the world's largest copper mine, and the harbour was used then for transport ships. However, shipbuilding and other maritime activities sprang up in the mid 1800's with the decline in copper mining. It is also rumoured that during the copper mining boom, the town held the UK record for the number of pubs. AS a result, although there are not that many today, you can still find a lovely family-run pub to enjoy a quiet drink accompanied by great locally-prepared food.

For the sport's enthusiast, Amlwch has one of the few leisure centres on the island, offering swimming and squash, and there are two football clubs.Worth visiting is the rather unusual church Our Lady of the Sea church which unusually is made from reinforced concrete. There is an old watch tower with a heritage centre where you can learn all about the area. For those on foot who enjoy fabulous walks with stunning views, the Anglesey Coastal Path also passes through the harbour area.

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