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The Lifeboat station and Seawatch Centre
Grid reference: SH513864
Location: 53°21’13"N, 4°14’8"W
Population: 1,129  (2011)
Postcode: LL72
Local Government
Council: Anglesey
Ynys Môn

Moelfre is a village and on the east coast of Anglesey. The Anglesey Coastal Path runs through it. In 1991 it had a population of 1,129; rather sizeable for an Anglesey village. The village today has 502 households and 5% unemployment. In the village there is a bakery, a fish and chip shop, one restaurant, Ann's Pantry, the Oak Lodge Inn (which trades as a pub, a bed and breakfast and a restaurant), and a second pub, The Kinmel Arms Hotel.

Off-shore is the low, six and a half-acre island named Ynys Moelfre.

Shipwreck and rescue

Moelfre was the site of the wreck in 1859 of the hybrid ship The Royal Charter near the end of its voyage from Australia to Liverpool. There were no street lights in the village until well after the Second World War.

Moelfre RNLI Lifeboat Station is open to the public, and has a famous history, including the Hindlea rescue in 1959, when all the crew were rescued.


The shore and seawall

This area is popular as it is right by the large sandy beach Lligwy Bay, which is an excellent spot for water and beach sports, and the ancient stone homestead of Din Lligwy. Nearby Ynys Moelfre is also a haven for birds, and seals and porpoises may be seen. The village is easily accessible being only 5 minutes from the A5025. The nearest mainline railway stations are in Bangor and Llanfair PG.


The name of the village is Welsh and means "bald hill", which describes the land behind the village, as seen from the sea. It is the same name as that of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

Outside links


  • Chris and Lesley Holden (2009). Life and Death on the Royal Charter. Calgo Publications 2009 ISBN 978-0-9545066-2-9.