Wales, U.K.

Llanfair PG

Believe it or not, I visited this little town in Wales recently when I was in England, but please don’t ask me how to pronounce it. It is such a hard word, that even the locals usually refer to it as Llanfair PG.

Llanfair PG is a very small village on the island of Anglesey in Wales. The village is best known for its name because it is the longest place name in Europe, and one of the longest place names in the world. English is spoken here, but many people also speak Welsh.

The people in the area came up with this name in the 19th century, when they were trying to build up the village into a tourist center. They thought the long name would entice people to come here. Many people come to the area now to have their picture taken in front of one of the name signs.

The long form of the name has 58 letters in it. The meaning of the name is St Mary’s Church in a hollow of white hazel near the swirling whirlpool of the church of St Tysilio with a red cave.

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5 Responses to “Polly #2 visits Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch”

  1. The Galloping Gourmet
    April 5th, 2010 at 9:16 pm


    1/4 c. butter
    2 tbsp. flour
    2 tsp. dry mustard
    Dash of cayenne
    2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
    8 c. (2 lbs.) grated sharp Cheddar cheese
    1/4 tsp. paprika
    4 whole eggs, slightly beaten
    1 c. stale beer or ale

    Melt butter in top of double boiler. Stir in flour, blend well. Add ale or beer slowly. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens. Add mustard, cayenne, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well. Add grated cheese, continue to cook until cheese melts, stirring occasionally. Stir eggs while adding a little of the hot mixture to eggs, then stir the cheese mixture while adding the eggs to it. Serve immediately. Makes 8 servings. (

    Okay, think of all of the cool words that the TV chefs use to describe their food…things like “delish,” “BAM!,” and “Dat’s good, I gaur-on-tee!” This Welsh Rarebit is sure to tickle the tastebuds in the most delightful way! Enjoy this wonderful Welsh dish!!

  2. That’s Looooooooooooooooooong!

    Amazing! I never knew that there were places with such long names, but since reading your post, I searched Google and learned there are places with even longer names! Thanks for teaching me something new! I really liked this post.

  3. John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt
    April 16th, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I thought I had a long name, but this is ridiculous!

  4. The Galloping Gourmet
    April 16th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    I have the most scrumptious recipe for Welsh Rarebit if anybody’s interested. Let me check my cookbook…BRB

  5. I didn’t know that it was a church!