Port information



Located on the Isle of Anglesey, the Port of Holyhead is the gateway to North Wales and Snowdonia. A warm welcome can be found right at the quayside on every cruise call. Coach parking is available at the quayside and a free shuttle bus runs from the Port of Holyhead to the town centre and shopping area for cruise-ship passengers and crew.
Holyhead is a 24 hour, deep water, lock-free port. It is one of the UK's busiest ferry ports; security complies entirely with the ISPS code. There is an anchorage point available for vessels over 300 metres with tender action through the Marina. Pilotage is compulsory for vessels over 40m in length with 24hrs notice required. Please contact the port's Harbour Master for further information on - 0044 (1) 407 606878/Mobile:0044 (0) 7552 120470.
North Wales is a very diverse and unique destination catering for all ages and abilities with something for everyone, with stately homes, castles, gardens, golf and adventure activities.

Port attractions

  1.  Caernarfon Castle

    This incredible size of this World Heritage site mirrors the fortune spent on it by King Edward I. A fantastic castle to explore.
  2.  Snowdon Mountain Railway

    A magnificent steam railway that travels up to the highest peak in England and Wales weather permitting.
  3.  Zip World

    Ride the longest zip line in Europe and experience the thrill of zip line adventures.
  4.  Bounce Below

    A fun and fantastic experience set in old mining caverns - a series of trampolines hung in a subterranean setting.
  5.  Surf Snowdonia

    A world first inland surfing lagoon set in beautiful surroundings. A perfect location to learn, improve or perfect your surfing skills.
  6.  Plas Newydd Stately Home

    An enchanting stately home with gardens that overlook the Menai Straits and Anglesey. The ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey.

Port views

Aerial view of Holyhead Port
© Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales
© Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales
© Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales
© Crown copyright (2016) Visit Wales

Port facts

Nautical information

Max. Length For Berth, M:
orthios 300m - Refit Berth 110m
Max. Draught, M:
More Info Draught:
Max. Air Draught, M:
More Info Air Draught:
No. Of Quays:
Quay Length Total, M:
Orthios 329m - Refit Berth 100m
Quay Depth, M:
Anchorage Available:
Anchorage Compulsory:
Passenger Terminal:
Pilotage Compulsary:
as regulation
Tugs Available:
Tidal Movement/range, M:
Ships Tenders Allowed:
Garbage Disposal:
on request
Airport Distance, Km:
City Centre Distance, Km:


Are ships allowed burn HFO using:
On-shore power supply to cruise vessels:
Refit yes
LNG bunkering supply to cruise vessels:
Supplying alternative fuels:
Reception Facilities for Contaminated Ballast Water:
Reception Facilities for Waste Oils:
Passengers by Source in 2023
Calls 2023

Onshore Power

Onshore Power
OPS (Onshore Power System)
Shore power within the next 5 years
Defined Compatibility Assessment process for each berth and ship combination to IEC/IEEE 80005-1
Information/documentation from the ship for the port before the first connection
Additional requirements for first-time connectio/max. duration between connections before process reapplies
Connection Time
Connection time from all fast to full operational SSE (Shore Side Electricity)
Disconnection time
Uninterrupted power supply guaranteed by shore power provider whilst connected
Restrictions / Penalties / Insurance
Weather conditions/restrictions/other limitations for safe use of SSE
Penalties in case of failure to connect by the ship: weather/itinerary changes/technical issues
Insurance covering any potential damage caused by the SSE
Port Fees
Utility standard/usage fees in addition to kWh rate
Tax/duty fees applicable
Other fees related to shore power
Useful Information
Discounts/incentives linked to shore power usage
Berthing policy linked to shore power usage
Confirmation time of the vessel for planned shore power usage before ETA

Port contacts


Suzanne Thomas, Head of Cruise Wales
C/O Holyhead, Anglesey
LL65 2BU
United Kingdom
0300 061 6118

Page last updated: 2023-11-08 11:34


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