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Menai Bridge

Situated on the banks of the Menai Strait, Menai Bridge’s two impressive bridges provide Anglesey’s physical links with the mainland.

Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension bridge (Pont Menai), Opened in 1826. The World’s first iron suspension bridge, it is 1,265 feet/305m long, with a central span of 579 feet/177m with its roadway set 98m/30m above the water to allow tall ships to sail beneath. The Britannia Bridge (Pont Britannia). Opened in 1850. Is a magnificent prototype box-girder design by William Fairbairn and Robert Stephenson. Originally built to carry rail traffic, this bridge was converted to a double-decked structure following a catastrophic fire in 1970. It now carries both rail and road traffic.

A short walk from Menai Bridge town centre brings the visitor to the base of the Menai Suspension Bridge, from where the true scale of this remarkable structure is best appreciated. The Belgium Promenade (built by Flemish refugees from the Great War between 1914-16) leads south west from here shortly reaching a causeway that links Church island and the ancient Church of St Tysilio to the shore. A short walk around the church cemetery affords wonderful views of the Menai Strait, both bridges and Ynys Gorad Goch island, whose residents once made a living from the fish caught at the traps built there.

Menai bridge has a selection of interesting shops, including antiques, books and ironmongers. There is a good collection of pubs and restaurants catering for all tastes, including local seafood.

Other Things to do

  • Coastal

    'Coastal'

    'Who can resist a stunning stretch of coast? '

  • Family

    'Family'

    'The best part of any visit to Anglesey is knowing that all the family will take home some great memories to share. '

  • Food and drink

    'Food and drink'

    'Anglesey really is an experience for all the senses and it’s hard to find a better place for food lovers.'

  • Heritage

    'Heritage'

    'Pay a visit to Anglesey and you will see that the island is a living history in itself. '

  • Walking

    'Walking'

    'Going for a walk on Anglesey is a pleasure in itself.'

Other Attractions

  • Anglesey Farmers Market

    'Anglesey Farmers Market'

    'A wide selection of quality food producers come together on the third Saturday of each month to form Anglesey Farmers Market.'

  • David Hughes Leisure Centre

    'David Hughes Leisure Centre'

    'David Hughes Leisure Centre has much to offer, from regular exercise classes, a sports hall and a modern fitness suite.'

  • Landscape Menai Strait

    'Landscape Menai Strait'

    'The Menai Strait, or Afon Menai as it is known locally, is the sea channel that separates Anglesey from mainland Gwynedd. '

  • Menai Heritage - The Menai Bridges Exhibition

    'Menai Heritage - The Menai Bridges Exhibition'

    'This community based museum tells the story of crossing the Menai Strait and celebrates the iconic, historic bridges and the famous engineers who built them. '