Holyhead, Wales Luxury Cruises

The largest town in the Welsh county of Anglesey, Holyhead is a busy sea port which serves as a gateway to Ireland for much sea traffic, including passenger ferries. As far as luxury cruise ships go however, Holyhead serves a different purpose and is a featured port of call on a number of round-the-UK and European itineraries. As visitors will realise when they set to exploring, it has a number of its own historical attractions as well as playing host to many of Wales' better-known tourist sights.

The area around Holyhead is home to many prehistoric settlements and indeed, you'll find more standing stones and burial chambers here mile-for-mile than you will anywhere else in Britain. It truly came into historical prominence however during Roman times, when it became a key lookout post, with a watchtower being built atop Holyhead Mountain, within an existing prehistoric hill fort. These days, most visitors from the UK reach Holyhead by crossing from the Welsh mainland onto the Isle of Anglesey and though the town lies in the county of Anglesey, it's not part of the island itself, rather it sits on Holy Island. This smaller island is connected to the larger Anglesey by both road and rail, making it easy for visitors to explore.

Sightseeing in Holyhead

Visitors arriving in Holyhead will have the opportunity to experience some attractions of real historical importance, including St Cybil's Church. More than just the town's oldest place of worship, this is the very building which the town was built around, which itself sits inside one of the only remaining three-walled forts in Europe. In this instance, the fourth wall was the sea, which, hundreds of years ago, used to come right up to the fort, which is an attraction in itself, dating back to the fourth century. One of the rounded bastions is still largely intact and after years of silently standing watch, the fort still enjoys a commanding view of the modern port of Holyhead.

Perhaps Holyhead's most immediately visible attraction, and with good reason, is South Stack Lighthouse. It's a bit of a trek to get there and will take you a while but it's situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Holyhead, which offers plenty of photo opportunities. Once there, you'll learn about the history of the building and how it works and also be able to climb to the top to enjoy the ultimate view of Holyhead and the Irish Sea.  It's no surprise that, owing to its location, Holyhead enjoys a distinguished maritime tradition and after you've seen how seafarers were safely guided in to port, you could take a trip to the Maritime Museum to find out more about its naval history. A guided tour is available and enhances the experience greatly.

Shopping in Holyhead

Holyhead is not known for its retail appeal, but the truth is like any other relatively large town, it has more than its fair share of high street shops, should you feel the need to go on a spree while in port. It's also safe to say you'll be able to find a Welsh dragon-themed souvenir or two in the town centre, if you require a memento of your visit.

Eating out in Holyhead

There are plenty of places to eat in Holyhead, whether you fancy an Indian meal, Mexican food or some more traditional pub food. However, when it comes to the best view as well as good food, the Harbourfront Bistro takes some beating and is somewhat of a tourist attraction in itself.

  • 1
1 British Isles Explorer - London to Bergen
02 May 2020 - 14 nights

London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) | Dover, England | Dublin | Holyhead | Liverpool | Belfast | Ullapool | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Edinburgh | Invergordon | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£5990pp
Cruise OnlyCall
2 British Isles Explorer - Bergen to London
03 May 2020 - 14 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Invergordon | Edinburgh | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Ullapool | Belfast | Liverpool | Holyhead | Dublin | Dover, England | London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise£6140pp
Cruise OnlyCall
3 British Isles Explorer - London to Bergen
17 May 2020 - 14 nights

London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) | Dover, England | Dublin | Holyhead | Liverpool | Belfast | Ullapool | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Edinburgh | Invergordon | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£5840pp
Cruise OnlyCall
4 British Isles Explorer - London to Bergen
22 June 2020 - 14 nights

London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) | Dover, England | Dublin | Holyhead | Liverpool | Belfast | Ullapool | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Edinburgh | Invergordon | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£6390pp
Cruise OnlyCall
5 Reykjavik to Copenhagen
30 June 2020 - 28 nights

Reykjavik | Torshavn | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Invergordon | Edinburgh (Rosyth) | Newcastle, England | London (Tilbury), UK | Le Havre | St Peter Port | Cork, Ireland | Holyhead | Belfast | Dublin | Fishguard | Antwerp, Belgium | Rotterdam | Kiel Canal | Berlin (Warnemunde) | Stockholm | Helsinki | St Petersburg | St Petersburg | Tallinn | Copenhagen more

Fly Cruise£12579pp
Cruise Only£12189pp
6 London (Greenwich) to London (Greenwich)
03 July 2020 - 15 nights

London (Greenwich) | Fowey, U.K | St Mary's Isles Of Scilly, United Kingdom | Waterford | Dublin | Dublin | Belfast | Glasgow | Oban, UK | Holyhead | Fishguard, United Kingdom | Falmouth, England | Portland,Maine | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4799pp
7 British Isles Explorer - Bergen to London
26 July 2020 - 14 nights

Bergen | Bergen | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Invergordon | Edinburgh | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Ullapool | Belfast | Liverpool | Holyhead | Dublin | Dover, England | London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise£6040pp
Cruise OnlyCall
8 British Isles Explorer - London to Bergen
09 August 2020 - 14 nights

London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) | Dover, England | Dublin | Holyhead | Liverpool | Belfast | Ullapool | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Edinburgh | Invergordon | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Bergen | Bergen more

Fly Cruise£6340pp
Cruise OnlyCall
9 London (Southampton) To London (Southampton)
18 August 2020 - 12 nights

Southampton | New Haven | Glasgow | Belfast | Douglas | Liverpool | Dublin | Holyhead | Waterford | Portland, UK | Southampton more

Cruise Only£8889pp
10 London to London
20 May 2021 - 12 nights

Southampton | Edinburgh (Rosyth) | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Portree | Glasgow (Greenock) | Liverpool | Dublin | Belfast | Holyhead | Waterford | Portland, UK | Southampton more

Cruise Only£8359pp
11 London (Southampton) to Reykjavik
23 June 2021 - 22 nights

Southampton | Falmouth, England | Waterford | Holyhead | Liverpool | Douglas | Glasgow | Stornoway, UK | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | Aberdeen | Invergordon | Ullapool | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Torshavn | Torshavn | Eskifjördur | Akureyri | Isafjordur | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£6459pp
Cruise Only£6169pp
  • 1
Prices are subject to change and availability. Prices may vary depending on airport selected.

Cruise Lines

By providing your email address and clicking the Submit button, you consent to us sending you cruise holiday deals by email. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy here.

SixStarCruises acts as a retail agent to you and also as a disclosed agent of the holiday provider. Many of the flight inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking terms and conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate click here
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. Visit the foreign travel advice site for the latest travel updates.
Need help with your next SixStar cruise? Call one of our Concierge, FREE today on 08082026105.
chaticon