The name means 'head of the beach', although it is now some distance from the sea at Red Wharf Bay.

In the village square lies the Panton Arms, where Charles Dickens stayed in 1859 on his visit to Moelfre to report on the wreck of the Royal Charter. An extract from his report can be found on our Royal Charter page.

Just off the road leading to Beaumaris are the Three Leaps, three stones said to mark a record breaking hop, step and jump by a poet, Einion ap Gwalchmai, to win the hand of his intended love, Angharad.