Shakespeare once said ‘What’s in a name?’ But that was way back in the 16th century, and we are pretty sure he wouldn’t have even heard of a town named ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch’, otherwise he would have definitely changed his mind. Seriously, we’re not kidding. There is a small town in Anglesey Island of Wales, United Kingdom whose railway station’s name has 58 letters in it and it is exactly this: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery
Yes, that sort of thing looks like some just fell asleep on their keyboard but no, that’s a real name of a real place on earth.
The town wasn’t always referred to by that name and even now, it is called Llanfairpwllgwyngyll which literally translates to ‘Church of St Mary’s in Hollow of the White Hazel ( a township)’. According to the town’s Chairman of the Community Council, Alun Mummery, the 58-letter name was given by a local cobbler, back in 1860s, to attract tourists and people to the town. Wow! That’s what we call a good PR stunt.
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Here are some Instagram pictures of this small beautiful town, posted by some tourists:
The first part of our festive trip to Ireland involved the long drive to catch the ferry at Holyhead, but on the way we stopped at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which is a village on the island of Anglesey in Wales. It is in the Guinness Book of Records for being the place with the longest name in Britain. #llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch #novascotiaducktollingretriever #grandtolleralliance #dog #wales
Also, do not miss New Zealand’s hill, which has defeated this Welsh town in the competition for the longest name:
This world is truly an interesting place!