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Going to Holyhead for a sunny day out on the beach or a weekend away? Frequent rail services can take you to Holyhead from Manchester and Shrewsbury in a little over two hours, so you'll be exploring the city in no time.

The largest settlement on the Welsh island of Anglesey was long established as a thriving port town by the time rail arrived in 1848. Trains ran right down to the waterside and, at one time, ships would berth right next to platform 1 so passengers could just nip into a carriage and continue their journey. Today, transfers are a little less anarchic, but the station still adjoins the Holyhead Ferry Port, still the UK's busiest sea link to Ireland. Head over the steel pedestrian bridge - named The Celtic Gateway - and you'll find ample opportunity for high-quality food and cultural outings, with a theatre and a cinema all within walking distance of the station. The Maritime Museum is also worth a visit for exciting tales of the one-hundred-plus shipwrecks haunting the Anglesey coastline. Holyhead is set in the middle of some tremendous Welsh countryside, and excellent fishing spots, hiking routes, golf courses and sailing facilities are all just a bus ride away.

Station details & facilities

Trains to Holyhead station

Holyhead train station is mainly served by Avanti West Coast and Transport for Wales trains. Frequent Transport for Wales services connect Manchester to Holyhead in 2h 38m and Shrewsbury to Holyhead in 2h 19m, while Avanti West Coast trains run from London Euston to Holyhead in 3h 36m and form Crewe to Holyhead in 1h 56m.

Need more information on how to get to Holyhead by train? Check out our dedicated page to trains to Wales.

How to get from Holyhead station to the beach

The nearest beach to Holyhead train station is Porth Dafarch Beach, a beautiful sandy cove surrounded by rocky headland, ideal for a peaceful family day out. This beach is only an 8-minute taxi ride away from the railway station.

Holyhead train station departures and arrivals

Want to know when your next train from/to Holyhead station departs? Scroll down this page and click on the ‘Departures’ tab if you want to check all trains departing from Holyhead railway station or click on the ‘Arrivals’ tab for more information about all services arriving into Holyhead.

Holyhead train station is accessible from two sides. You'll find the main ticket office as well as the toilets and other amenities in the Ferry Terminal, and from here you can access the main train station concourse with ramp access throughout. The other entrance is mostly used for vehicular access and is closer to the harbour.

Holyhead train station parking

Holyhead train station has one car park, which is close to the Ferry Terminal. Wheelchair users can get from the parking area to the station without assistance as step-free access is available.

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Frequently asked questions

Is Holyhead station open?

Holyhead station is open every day that services are running to and from the station. The station usually opens just before the first train of the day leaves and then closes after the last train departs. Ticket office opening hours may vary.

Are trains running today from Holyhead station?

Trains arrive into and depart from Holyhead station almost every day, although there may be fewer services during the weekends and bank holidays. Check our live train times for up-to-date information on trains running to and from Holyhead.

Are there toilets at Holyhead station?

Yes, there are toilets available to use at Holyhead station.

Are dogs allowed at Holyhead station?

Yes, dogs are allowed at Holyhead station, but they should be kept on a lead or in a pet carrier at all times.

How do I get from Holyhead station to the beach?

The nearest beach to Holyhead train station is Porth Dafarch Beach, which is only an 8-minute taxi ride away.

Departures and arrivals from Holyhead

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into Holyhead station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Dublin Port - StenaTransport for Wales13:272On time
to Dublin Port - StenaAvanti West Coast13:571On time
to Dublin Port - StenaTransport for Wales14:10On time
to Dublin Port - StenaTransport for Wales14:341On time
to Dublin Port - StenaTransport for Wales14:45On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Cardiff CentralTransport for Wales13:242On time
from Cardiff CentralAvanti West Coast13:462On time
from Cardiff CentralTransport for Wales14:191On time
from Cardiff CentralTransport for Wales15:262Late
from Cardiff CentralTransport for Wales16:202On time
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