– I would like to ask about the train London Euston – Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.
– Could you spell?
– Of course: E-U-S-T-O-N
The town itself is neither big nor especially interesting. It is worth stopping at the railway station, where the name is presented in several places in its entirety. There is also a large souvenir market where you can buy car stickers, fridge magnets or train tickets with the full name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. And also a lot of typical Welsh products and traditional sweaters or blankets made of sheep’s wool.
An interesting feature is the preserved octagonal building of the customs chamber. The toll collection point between Llanfairpwll and Holyhead served until 1895. The fare for a horse without a wagon was then 1 pence, a horse carriage – 4 pence.
You should also see the nearby Britannia Bridge and the Menai Suspension Bridge. They belong to the highest engineering achievements of the nineteenth century. “The new viaduct was first dedicated to railway use on Tuesday 5th March, 1850. Its appearance is handsome and imposing. Pedestals at either end are surmounted by colossal lions couchant, of Egyptian design, each measuring 25 feet in length and 12 feet in height and the structure will long continue to form one of the most attractive objects of interest in North Wales, as it will be a lasting monument of the inventive genius and constructive sill” – it was written in the then tourist guides.
It is worth to stop here for a photo by a plaque with the longest name in the world and try to pronounce it. We did not succeed, and when we asked for help from the locals, they also had problems with it:
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