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The local area guide to living in Amlwch

Amlwch is a historic port town on the northern coast of the Welsh Isle of Anglesey. Throughout the centuries, it has served as an important port for boats sailing on to the Isle of Man and Liverpool, and you can still see its 19th century heritage in its historic architecture and artefacts. There may not be a sandy beach directly in Amlwch or its port, but it offers no shortage of outdoor recreation for visitors and residents alike, and has won numerous awards from the Tidy Britain group for the nearby Cliffside beaches. Local beaches Trearddur Bay and Porth Dafarch have also been awarded the European Blue Flag award.

The coastal walk from Point Lynas to Amlwch Port offers sweeping ocean views. Tourism plays a strong role in the local economy, with visitors flocking to Amlwch to visit its railway museum, play a round at the Bull Bay golf club, or go fishing in its various waterways. The Amlwch leisure centre offers squash courts and a swimming pool, and there is also a local sea rowing club in Bull Bay. The town is situated fifteen miles away from Holyhead and Llangefni, which offer further historic sites, and services.

Information about the local residents

The population of Amlwch Port has grown significantly in the decade between the 2001 and 2011 censuses, rising at a rate of 80%, from 1,391 residents in 2001 to 2,507 in 2011. There are over 3,500 residents in the community as a whole. Although Anglesey in its entirety has a small percentage of residents aged 16-24, the number of residents in this age group has actually grown 11.5% in Amlwch, serving to keep the overall population youthful. Many residents speak Welsh, with the number increasing from 38.7% in 2001 to 44.4% of residents in 2011.

This port town has experienced many fluctuations in its economy throughout the years, growing most rapidly in the 18th century, when it was situated near the world’s largest copper mine. Since then, the shipbuilding and tobacco industries were also major contributors to the local economy. Today, tourism is the prime industry in Amlwch, with many residents employed in this field.

Nearby schools

Sir Thomas Jones Secondary School in Amlwch is a comprehensive, coeducational school, located in the town’s Pentrefelin area, which Motorhead lead singer Lemmy once attended. It was named after local doctor and county council member Sir Thomas Jones and first opened in 1950. Since then it has been expanded to now serve over 1200 pupils. There is also a primary school in Amlwch, operated under the authority of the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

Getting around

Positioned on the Isle of Anglesey’s northeast coast, Amlwch is considered to be the northernmost town in Wales. The A5025 runs through town. This connects the port with nearby Holyhead, and it’s approximately 45 minutes by car to the Menai Suspension Bridge which connects Anglesey to the Welsh mainland. From Holyhead’s port, you can take the ferry over to Ireland. The journey from Holyhead to Dublin takes only 99 minutes by ferry, making it a popular day trip for residents of Amlwch.

The nearest rail station is in Deganwy, and hourly bus services run between Amlwch and the nearest mainland city, Bangor. These are operated by Arriva Wales. Lewis Y Llan is another major bus company in the region, providing local services to Holyhead and other destinations across Anglesey.

Local shops

At one point it was claimed that there was one pub for every four residents in Amlwch, and although it doesn’t reach this same proportion today you’ll find plenty of cafes, restaurants, and public houses to relax in. These include; The Mariner, the Liverpool Arms, and the Adelphi Vaults near the port. Amlwch’s high street offers a bustling selection of quirky independent retailers and convenient shops. There’s a Co-operative food market, Spar, and hardware store for basics. Due to the area’s popularity as a destination for fishing and outdoor recreation, you’ll also find no shortage of sport, tackle, and garden shops. Further amenities include a village recreation centre and auto repair shop.

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