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The local area guide to living in Menai-Bridge

Menai-Bridge is one of the many quaint towns in Anglesey, sat on the South East side of the island. It’s one of the region’s biggest towns, but smaller than Holyhead, which is home to Anglesey’s biggest population. Perhaps best known for its bridge, Menai Suspension Bridge, built in 1826, the small town overlooks the Menai Strait and is a short drive away from the bustling university town of Bangor.

While small, the town does have all the usual amenities like shops, supermarkets and schools. It also stars in one of S4C’s popular dramas, Rownd a Rownd, which is filmed in the High Street area. Menai Bridge isn’t just home to its full-time residents though; the region has also become a popular spot for holidaymakers thanks to its laid-back pace of life.

Information about the local residents

Demographic data was last collected in the 2011 census. At this time, the Menai-Bridge community boasted 3,376 residents and 1,519 households. While the majority of the population were White; English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British (89%), other ethnicities included Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Chinese. The Welsh nationality was important for most residents here too – with 54% of Menai-Bridge’s population speaking Welsh. This compared to an average of 53.7% in Anglesey and 19% in Wales. The age structure was varied, with Menai-Bridge home to residents young and old. Almost a fifth of the population were aged 65 and over and just under a sixth aged 15 and under.

Despite there being limited businesses in the town itself, the employment levels recorded in the 2011 census were good. Almost half of the population were in employment of some sort and just 2.6% of the population unemployed. Popular industries included Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motor Cycles; Human Health and Social Work Activities, and Education.

Nearby schools

Despite being one of North Wales’ smaller towns, Menai-Bridge is home to a number of fantastic schools. Two of the primary schools in the town include Ysgol Llandegfan and Ysgol Y Borth – the latter having a particularly good reputation. In its latest inspection by Estyn, the school was described as “a good school with many outstanding features.”

Menai-Bridge also has its own secondary school – which is one of just five on Anglesey. Ysgol David Hughes, established in 1963, is one of the region’s most popular secondary schools, attracting more pupils than any other school in Anglesey. It’s also one of the largest secondary schools in North Wales. Estyn last inspected the school in 2012 - and gave the school a performance rating of “good.” Assessors described pupil’s achievement as Key Stage 3 and 4, and highlighted the school’s “strong focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills.”

Getting around

Getting around Menai-Bridge and the rest of Anglesey is easier than you might imagine, thanks to good road infrastructure and public transportation. The A55 services all the major hotspots on the Island and Menai-Bridge offers quick and easy access to the other towns in Anglesey. There is wide range of bus services too, ideal for students and residents who do not drive. The buses offer transportation around the town and further afield.

For travel across Wales and into England, you can catch a train at one of the nearby stations. The station at Llanfairpwll is closest, and just a short drive away. Here, you’ll find a number of major services, including Llandudno to Manchester, Holyhead to Cardiff, and Chester to Crewe. All services run Monday to Saturday and the Chester to Crewe service runs on Sundays too. For business travel or holidays, the nearest airport can be found in Manchester, which sits approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes away from Anglesey.

Local shops

There are few supermarkets in Menai Bridge itself, but there is a popular Waitrose store plus a number of other options in Bangor. Approximately five minutes away, you’ll find a Morrisons and Asda, as well as a range of smaller supermarkets like Iceland and Aldi. Similarly, Menai Bridge doesn't have much in terms of high street shops, but it does have a range of independent stores, pubs, and restaurants.

For a better selection of stores, you needn’t travel far. Anglesey is home to a number of bustling towns, some with more high street stores than others. Holyhead boasts a shopping outlet centre, with New Look, Argos and many more. Alternatively, you’ll find a few more stores and eateries in Deiniol Shopping Centre, in nearby Bangor – approximately five minutes away by car.

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