imagine that!


Almost the longest town name in the world.


If you ever go to Wales in the United Kingdom you would be missing out on a good laugh not going to a small town called Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

Many of the people are very proud of their little town and its name. If you ask one of them to pronounce the name of their town, they are usually happy to oblige. Most people visiting would have a lot of trouble saying the name and I'm sure the locals have a good laugh at some of the attempts to pronounce the name. Many people visiting are intrigued when they hear the locals say the name.

Originally the town had a shorter, easier to pronounce name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. 'I think I would still have trouble pronouncing that'!

In the 1860s, more syllables were added to attract more visitors to the town. It is believed the name was officially conjured up by the village council, intentionally for the privilege and reputation of having the longest railway station name in Great Britain.

Do you think you could pronounce the name properly? The name is usually shortened to Llanfair P.G.

Llanfair P.G. is not very far from Caernarfon Castle, one of the largest castles in Wales. Well worth a visit.

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch means; "St. Mary's Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the Church of St. Tysilio near the red cave."

Many people from Wales emigrated all over the world. My Nana was born in Wales in 1902 she emigrated to Australia in 1908 she died in 2003 how long do you think she lived? Long names must go with long lives!

Did you know that Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is not the longest town name in the world? Thailand has a town whose name has 163 letters:

Krungthepmahanakornamornratanakosinmahintarayutthayamahadilokphopnop- paratrajathaniburiromudomrajaniwesmahasatharnamornphimarnavatarnsathit- sakkattiyavisanukamprasit.

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