The Station with the Longest Name in the World!

    History of the Railway Station

    Construction began on the railway track between Holyhead and Chester on St. David's Day in 1845. The station at Llanfairpwll opened three years later when two locomotives were shipped to Holyhead. It then remained open until 1966 which was four years before the accidental fire that destroyed the Britannia Bridge.Cartoon of platform ticket

    Fortunately the bridge was rebuilt and Llanfairpwll station re-opened for local stopping trains in 1973. After changing ownership several times, the old station house was restored in 1995 to how it would have looked in Victorian times by James Pringle Weavers (See picture above). To find out a bit more about the history of the railway and the station go to the Britannia Bridge, and History pages.

    James Pringle Weavers'of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll

    The large James Pringle Weavers shop now stands next to the old station house in the village and is now the main tourist attraction and stopping point for visitors. Inside the James Pringle Weavers Visitor Centre a signpost points towards the far-away places that are home to the millions of visitors who have made the village an essential part of their Welsh holiday itinerary. The Centre's spacious shops are stocked with a superb range of knitware and clothing at value-for-money prices together Welsh Lady with a selection of Welsh crafts and gifts. Two 15" gauge Atlantic Class steam locomotives - the Railway Queen and Michael (built here in Wales more than 65 years ago) lurk amongst the merchandise. For many visitors one of the station's record-breaking-size platform tickets is at the top of their shopping list, but don't forget to get your passport or postcard marked with the famous Llanfairpwllgwyngyll stamp! Click here to try and win one of these tickets! During your visit you can relax over a coffee or leisurely lunch in the pleasant Sidings Restaurant. Bara brith (the famous Welsh 'speckled bread') and Welshcakes are some of the specialities on offer, and youngsters will enjoy the tempting childrens' menu. Overseas visitors are offered tax-free shopping and a mail-it-home scheme. Most major currencies, credit cards and travellers cheques are accepted.

    (History of the Station courtesy of James Pringle Weavers of Llanfairpwll)

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