Menai Bridge Town

Step Around Our Town

With a population of 3,376, it is the fifth largest town on the island.

Menai Bridge is a small town and community on the Isle of Anglesey in north-west Wales. It overlooks the Menai Strait and lies by the Menai Suspension Bridge, built in 1826 by Thomas Telford, just over the water from Bangor. With a population of 3,376, it is the fifth largest town on the island.

The town is home to the one of the five secondary schools on the Isle of Anglesey, Ysgol David Hughes. The school has been based in the town since 1963 when it moved from its original Beaumaris site. The pupils in the school total around 1,400 making it the largest on Anglesey and one of the largest in North Wales. It is also one of the most successful schools in the area. There is also an excellent primary school in the town, Ysgol Y Borth.

History

The town of Menai Bridge stands on the banks of the Menai Strait in South East Anglesey.

The original name for the town was Porthaethwy and this is still the name by which the town is known in Welsh. The name Porthaethwy derives from the Welsh ‘porth’ meaning a ‘port’ and ‘dindaethwy’ the name of a local tribe and means ‘the port of the tribe of Dindaethwy’.

Although most of the old businesses have stopped or have moved to bigger sites, there are a number of specialist businesses based in the town providing services. A walk down the high street shows the variety of different services available; butcher, general hardware store, kitchen design centre, antiques shops, estate agents, banks, cafes, stationers and many more.

Attractions

The town is home to the one of the five secondary schools on the Isle of Anglesey, Ysgol David Hughes. The school has been based in the town since 1963 when it moved from its original Beaumaris site.

Menai Bridge is located on the banks of the Menai Strait in the shadow of the Menai Bridge on Anglesey North Wales.

Robbie Batting

Menai Suspension Bridge

Indeed one of the jewels of North Wales, is the Menai Suspension Bridge - huge dressed limestone blocks form the columns that are topped with elegant arches. The magnificent structure created by Thomas Telford and all those stonemasons, labourers and engineers in the early 19th century is the best 'work of art' seen in a long time.

Pili Palas Butterfly Farm

The popular tourist attraction Pili Palas is to be found on the outskirts of Menai Bridge.

The Anglesey Coastal Path

Passes along the shoreline but if the full Island Walk is not your cup of tea you might prefer a pleasant walk to Church Island and the ancient Church of St Tysilio with fantastic views of Menai Bridge, the Britannia Bridge and the beautiful Menai Strait.

"Menai Bridge is a pleasant town! Amble through a beautiful and quietly historic town"