Those living in the Republic of Ireland may not have regarded the Diamond Jubilee of the British monarch as a major cause to catch ferries from Dublin to Holyhead
, but Wales certainly proved popular over the elongated weekend.
Head of the Wales Tourism Alliance board Chris Osborne told Wales Online that the weekend was a bumper one for the tourist sector.
He remarked: "The feedback from around Wales has been that despite the fact it was wet there were lots of people out and because it was wet people were looking for shelter and things to do inside."
One of these indoor attractions that enjoyed success was Plas Newydd, a mansion house on Anglesey owned by the National Trust, which had a record number of visitors for a single day (2,216) on the second bank holiday (Tuesday June 5th).
While the Jubilee has come and gone, the appeal of Anglesey is one visitors from Ireland may learn more of this summer.
The biggest attractions of Anglesey are its scenery and architecture. The land is fairly flat, in contrast with the easily-reached mountains of Snowdonia. But as an island it has plenty of seaside scenery to enjoy, with its own coastal path even before the route was added to the Welsh Coastal Path last month - the first complete national coastal walking route in the world.
Beaches vary from the sandy Red Wharf Bay to the pebbles of Moelfre, while the narrow Menai Straits are crossed by two bridges, the older of which is a spectacular whitewashed suspension bridge.
Like most places in Wales, a castle is never far away and Beaumaris is a curiosity, for although it appears to be a ruin, the truth is it was never actually completed.
Another notable landmark is the Marquis of Anglesey's Column, a 65-foot high tower with a spiral staircase inside to enable people to enjoy views across the straits.
The column is located on the edge of the village of Llanfairpwllgyngyllgylgogerychwyndrobllllantisiliogogogoch, the longest place name in Britain and one whose railway station sign must be the most photographed.
While there is much more to see on the mainland, visitors catching ferries to Holyhead may find Anglesey is more than enough for a weekend visit.
Posted by Mark Robinson