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Newborough

Newborough

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Newborough (Welsh: Niwbwrch or Niwbro) is a village in the south-western corner of the Isle of Anglesey.

In medieval Gwynedd, Rhosyr was the royal demesne and seat of governance for the commote of Menai. The ruined court buildings of Llys Rhosyr ('Rhosyr Court') lie on the outskirts of the present village. Archaeologists consider them to have been a royal home and have established an exhibition of their findings in the village's Pritchard Jones Institute.

Modern Newborough was founded by citizens of Llanfaes in eastern Anglesey who were evicted by Edward I in 1294 in order to promote his new port of Beaumaris. It was, literally, established as a "new borough" and gained its charter in 1303. In the 16th century, Newborough was the county town of Anglesey. It was home to a thriving marram grass industry, used for producing matting, nets and rope.

The village, with its attractive environs provides the visitor with excellent walking opportunities, not least at Newborough Warren, one of the largest areas of sand dunes found in the British Isles. Walking paths permeate nearby Newborough Forest, a 2,000-acre (8 km²) woodland. Much of the area around Newborough has been declared a nature reserve, making it popular for those interested in geology, botany, birds and other wildlife.

There is an expansive sandy beach at Llanddwyn, which provides access to Llanddwyn Island, a mile-long rocky promontory. The remains of the 16th-century church of Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, is located on the island.

Contact

Caernarfon Tourist Information Centre

Address

Newborough,
Isle of Anglesey,
LL61 6TA

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SH 424656  Lat: 53.16496 Long: -4.35890

A55 Junction 8A (signed A5 Llanfair) and then A4080 to Newborough.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 5 miles from Bodorgan station