Holyhead Ferry Terminal is a major port of departure for ships to Dublin and nearby Dun Laoghaire, and is served by Irish Ferries and Stena Line. The fastest crossing to and from Ireland takes about two hours, while the other ships take between four and eight hours. Both companies have several crossings each day. The Holyhead ferry terminal has all the facilities that travellers might need, whether departing or arriving.
Although it is located on the very furthest point of the island of Anglesey, the terminal is easy to reach. The A55 dual carriageway runs almost into the port, providing fast road access from both Wales and the northwest of England.
Manchester is about two and a half hours by car; Birmingham is just over three hours drive. A large park and ride car park offers shuttle service to and from the ferry terminal, and tickets for both short term and long term parking can be purchased from ticket machines.
Liverpool Airport is the closest large airport and is just over 100 miles away. The terminal is also easy to reach by rail and is next to the station; the journey time from London takes about four hours.
There are two cafes in the modern and spacious Holyhead ferry terminal, serving hot and cold food and drinks, as well as vending machines and a gift shop. There is also a tourist information desk, money change facility and ATM.
The terminal has good facilities for disabled travellers, including special toilets, wheelchairs for use, and plenty of disabled parking bays. There is a mother and baby changing room and trolleys are also available inside the terminal.
The town itself is the largest on the island and offers plenty of accommodation, and has a wide selection of affordable bed and breakfast places. Holyhead also has a good selection of shops and restaurants, and offers some good golf, sailing and fishing.
Although there are some good beaches nearby, the surrounding coast is known for its shipwrecks and the Maritime Museum details the 100 or so shipwrecks that have happened nearby.
The surrounding area is also home to several prehistoric burial sites and there are some scenic walks nearby, both along the coast and inland. Although many ferry passengers only spend one night in the town, Holyhead also makes a convenient base to explore the rest of the beautiful island of Anglesey.