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South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey

Things to do in Anglesey

A warm welcome and a busy time are guaranteed for visitors to Anglesey. For a small island it packs in a heck of a lot. With so many options for brilliant Anglesey days out, we've chosen ten favourites to get you started. 

What’s on in Anglesey?

There's normally a packed calendar of events taking place on Anglesey. There are food festivals, agricultural shows, children's events, music performances and fairs - particularly in spring and summer months. To keep up to date with the latest developments for what's on in Anglesey check the Visit Anglesey Facebook page .

Ancient monuments, scenic walks and hidden beaches are all on offer in Anglesey, North Wales

Ten things to do in Anglesey

According to Celtic folklore, the Roman invaders of 60 AD were scared witless by Anglesey’s fearless Celtic druids. We’re glad to report that visitors are welcomed more warmly these days!

The Menai Suspension Bridge

It’s unlikely you'll miss this Anglesey highlight, the Menai Suspension Bridge. You're highly likely to drive across it.

Built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826, it’s the first modern suspension bridge in the world and it connects the mainland to Menai Town - one of the five towns in Anglesey. Prior to its construction, cattle farmers would somehow have to persuade their herd to swim across the Menai Strait to market. Discover more about the bridge's history at the  Menai Bridge Community Heritage Trust's museum.

Menai Suspension Bridge, Anglesey, North Wales

Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path

There are countless places worth visiting along the 140 mile/225km Anglesey Coast Path . It goes right round the island. The Friends of the Isle of Anglesey Coast Path website has handy maps and detailed descriptions of the path's 12 sections .

As well as skirting the spectacular coastline, the path passes through farmland, coastal heath, dunes and small pockets of woodland. Highlights include South Stack lighthouse, the sea arches at Bwa Gwyn and the wild flowers and birdlife at Aberffraw dunes.

Walking the Wales Coast Path at Aberffraw, Anglesey, North Wales

Llanddwyn Island

This romantic outcrop extending from the mainland is one of the most picturesque locations in Wales.

The ruined church was once home to Saint Dwynwen - the Welsh patron saint of lovers from the 5th century A.D. When her true love Maelon was turned to ice, Dwynwen had the good sense to move to Llanddwyn Island - and probably didn’t regret it for a minute. Llanddwyn beach is a cosy cove of pristine sand and it's backed by a forest that's home to rare red squirrels. So, forget St Valentine! Here in Wales we celebrate all things to do with love on St Dwynwen's Day  on 25 January.

Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales

The Copper Kingdom

There are surprises around every corner in Anglesey, with one being The Copper Kingdom in Amlwch. It was once the largest copper mine in the world.

The unique landscape of Parys Mountain has to be seen to be believed - a swathe of peaks and troughs in every shade of yellow, brown and orange imaginable. In the 18th century, people came from all over the UK to dig for copper, prompting what came to be know as the Welsh Copper Rush. The visitor centre tells the stories of those that worked here in often dangerous conditions.

The Copper Kingdom, Anglesey

South Stack Lighthouse

South Stack , the Anglesey lighthouse, perches on its own tiny island off the far west coast of the island.

Just getting there is a real adventure (and probably not a good idea if you suffer from vertigo). It's reached via 400 steps in the cliffside and a bridge high above the roaring waves. Visitors can tour the engine room and then climb the narrow stairs right to the top for epic views out to sea.

The birdwatching all around here is spectacular; you’ll soon be playing the time-honoured game of spot-the-puffin. If you're really lucky, you might even see one of the rare breeding pairs of choughs among the colonies of guillemots and razorbills clinging to the cliffs.

Read more about visiting lighthouses in Wales .

South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey, North Wales

Plas Newydd House and Gardens

Situated on the shore of the Menai Strait, Plas Newydd House and Gardens was once the home of the Marquess of Anglesey and dates back to the 18th century.

Now managed by the National Trust, it's a feast of ornate Neo-classical rooms, many with intricate wallpaper and fabrics. And it's packed with unusual furnishings. Perhaps the most remarkable exhibit is a vast mural painted by artist Rex Whistler who was a regular visitor to the house in the early 20th century. Outside there are gardens with panoramic views across the Menai Strait towards the mountains of Snowdonia - and also an Australian arboretum. The house is undergoing extensive renovation so check the National Trust website for details.

Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Anglesey, North Wales

The Dingle Nature Reserve

If you’re looking for kingfishers, woodpeckers and moorhens, this is the place.

The Dingle Nature Reserve is an ancient 25-acre wooded valley. It's a tranquil hideaway carpeted with bluebells in spring and home to all manner of wildlife. Footbridges, walkways and benches have been installed to make it easier to enjoy the Cefni river as it chortles its way through the trees. Keep an eye out for the sculptures by local artists including a dragonfly and giant seed pods.

Halen Môn sea salt 

Anglesey is also the home to the innovative food production business of the Welsh pure sea salt Halen Môn which is enjoyed around the world by chefs and food lovers. Their sea salt can be found in many delicatessens nationwide, and you can purchase some of the unique sea salt flavours at the on-site shop including some local produce and artisan gifts.

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Halen Môn Visitor Centre

Wild seaweed bathing at Halen Môn

Wild Seaweed Baths by Halen Môn

All visitors can also take a behind the scenes tour of the Salt Cote or embrace the outdoor wild seaweed bath experience .

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It's hard to choose a favourite, but Lligwy Beach is one of the nicest - a wide sheltered bay on the North East coast. The shore here shelves really gently and the water is shallow. There's plenty of golden sand too, so it's ideal for families with kids. Off-shore you might spot seals and dolphins and the consistent breezes mean it's also popular with wind and kite-surfers.

Anglesey beaches has other great beaches, including  Benllech , Porth Dafarch and Llanddwyn .

Benllech

Benllech Beach

Porth Dafarch

Porth Dafarch Beach

Llanddwyn

Llanddwyn Beach

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The beaches at Benllech and Llanddwyn, Anglesey

Beaumaris Castle

Wales is home to literally hundreds of castles, but this is without question one of the best - a massive fortress of almost perfect symmetry.

Beaumaris Castle is the last great castle built, but never completed, under Edward I in the 13th century. At the time it was at the cutting edge of castle design. Lack of money and trouble keeping the quarrelsome Scots under control meant the south gatehouse and six great towers never reached their intended heights. Don’t for a moment let that put you off visiting though - there are plenty of spooky corridors and narrow spiral staircases just waiting to be explored.

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Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, North Wales

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12 BEST Places To Visit in Anglesey, North Wales

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From golden stretches of sand, turquoise bays, historical sites and pretty villages there are so many places to visit on the Isle of Anglesey!

North Wales might be small and the far North Western island of Anglesey even smaller but there are so many tourist attractions in Anglesey and things to do for all interests and times of the year.

Places to Visit in Anglesey

Places to visit in Anglesey

In this Wales travel blog , I’m going to give you a full list of where to visit on the Isle of Anglesey to help you plan your trip whether you’re spending just one day in Anglesey , the weekend or a full week, because trust me, you could spend a full week doing all the things to do on Anglesey easily!

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Best time to visit Anglesey

Much like the rest of Wales, Anglesey is a great place to explore and there are many things to do in Anglesey . For the best of its natural landscapes, the summer months are when you’ll see the island at its best. This is also when boat trips and other excursions tend to run.

As most of Anglesey’s points of interest are in remote parts of the island, parking can be limited. During the summer months, it is best to visit the island early in the morning to ensure parking.

How to get around Anglesey ?

getting around Anglesey, Menai Bridge, Places to visit in Anglesey

Anglesey has two access points: Menai Bridge and Britannia Bridge , both connected to the A55 carriageway that runs along the North Wales coast. The A55 continues on the island and slices through its centre right up to Holyhead. This is also a gateway to the port to travel by ferry onwards towards Ireland.

Despite the large road running along the centre, the best way to get to know Anglesey’s character is by driving a circular route along its outlier coastline. This driving route is very accessible and passes through the most popular spots on the Anglesey island , from quaint villages, to dramatic viewpoints and some of the best natural attractions in Wales!

Public transport is available on the island, with reliable bus routes connecting villages and key tourist attractions in Anglesey , as well as a train line that connects much of the eastern coast.

Best Places To Visit on The Isle of Anglesey

Known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich history, Anglesey offers a treasure trove of attractions waiting to be explored. Here are some of the top things to do in Anglesey, showcasing the best places on Anglesey that are waiting to be explored.

For more posts to help you plan your trip to North Wales whether you live here or are visiting as a tourist see:

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1. Menai Bridge

Menai Bridge, Places to visit in Anglesey

Menai Bridge is the gateway to the rest of Anglesey’s delights, and there is much to do in this quaint town nestled on the shore of the Menai strait.

Menai Bridge, one of the best places to visit in Anglesey as it offers a range of tourist attractions and things to do in Anglesey as soon as you enter onto the Isle. It’s famous for its watersports, with the thrilling RibRide boat quickly becoming one of the best activities in North Wales for adventurers.

In addition to this thrilling ride, there are many other boat trips that depart from Menai Bridge to explore the surrounding waters. A great hidden gem in Menai Bridge is Church Island, a lovely walk and viewpoint over the streit that loops back round under Menai Bridge to the heart of the town.

Foodies must try the delicious local seafood at the famous Dylan’s restaurant in Menai Bridge after crossing over from the mainland. This is indeed the most popular place to eat in Anglesey.

You’ll also find plenty of charming pubs, cafes, independent shops and even a cocktail bar nearby. There are plenty of great hotels and B&Bs here to break up your journey.

Check out Hotels in Menai Bridge here – Book the one that suits you well

2. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch train station, best Places to visit in Anglesey

Famous around the world, the quaint village with the long name is one of the best places to visit in Anglesey and one of the prettiest villages in Wales . Made popular for having the longest place names in the world , often shortened to Llanfairpwll or Llanfair PG for simplicity.

As you approach, the sign proudly displays its full, tongue-twisting name. The iconic railway station is a desired photo spot in North Wales, and don’t miss out on a visit to the James Pringle Weavers shop and cafe. This is a must-see among the tourist attractions in Anglesey, offering a unique experience for visitors exploring the best places on Anglesey .

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3. Beaumaris

A beautiful coastal road from Menai Bridge will lead you to the seaside town of Beaumaris. You cannot miss the mighty Beaumaris castle , UNESCO World Heritage Site and a relic of Anglesey’s Celtic history, which is without a doubt one of the most popular places to visit on Anglesey . The town itself exudes a timeless charm with its cobbled streets, vibrant coloured houses, and a scenic waterfront.

Beaumaris Castle, Places to visit in Anglesey

The tranquil Menai Strait, offering views of the Snowdonia mountains , provides a stunning backdrop for leisurely walks or boat excursions, offering a variety of things to do in Anglesey . There are also some great tea rooms in Beaumaris that make for the perfect lunch-stop, followed by a brisk walk on the famous Beaumaris pier!

Book this comfortable minibus tour to experience authentic Anglesey life, explore Beaumaris town and castle from medieval times

4. Penmon and Puffin Island

Penmon is a picturesque corner of Anglesey that is not to be missed as it is one of the best places to visit in Anglesey . Dominated by the striking Penmon Priory, a medieval monastery with its distinctive 13th-century tower, it stands as a testament to the island’s rich religious heritage.

Penmon lighthouse and Puffin Island, Places to visit in Anglesey

The nearby Penmon Point Lighthouse offers breathtaking views of the Menai Strait and the Great Orme headland, making it a popular spot for contemplative walks and photography, providing a range of things to do in Anglesey .

Just off the coast lies Puffin Island , known for its thriving seabird colonies, including, of course, puffins. Boat trips around Puffin Island afford visitors a chance to witness this vibrant wildlife sanctuary up close, adding to the list of best places on Anglesey to explore.

5. Parys Mountain

Parys Mountain, Places to visit in Anglesey

The otherworldly copper and gold landscape of Parys Mountain is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Anglesey and a must-see among tourist attractions in Anglesey.

Known as “ Mynydd Parys ” in Welsh, this site was once the largest copper mine in the world and played a pivotal role in the industrial revolution. Today, it stands as a captivating open-air museum, offering visitors a unique glimpse into its industrial past, making it one of the top things to do in Anglesey.

The landscape is an amazing blend of vivid red, orange, and purple hues. The panoramic views from the summit of Parys Mountain are simply breathtaking, offering a sweeping vista of the Anglesey coastline and the surrounding countryside.

For more help on where to visit in Wales by train? Read my 10 best places to visit in Wales by train post!

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6. South Stack Lighthouse

south stack lighthouse, Places to visit in Anglesey

Perched on the west coast of Holyhead island in Anglesey, South Stack lighthouse is one of the most popular lighthouses in the entirety of the United Kingdom and one of the best places to visit in Anglesey.

South Stack is a significant and working lighthouse with lots of history. Sailing from Ireland, it actually would be the first lighthouse you encounter heading toward Liverpool and the Northwest of England.

Access to the lighthouse and visitor centre is just 10am to 5pm from Saturday through to Wednesday . However, the trails around the lighthouse and car park are generally open consistently but visitors should be cautious of poor weather, as the whole island gets closed, ensuring a safe visit to this iconic landmark among the tourist attractions in Anglesey.

Book this exhilarating tour to South Stack Lighthouse! Walk down the cliffs, cross a sea bridge to the islet with a 200-year-old Lighthouse, and embark on a mountain hike. Perfect for adventure seekers

7. Rhosneigr

Rhosneigr beach, Places to visit in Anglesey

Thinking about what to see in Anglesey ? Anglesey’s west coast beaches have unbeatable views over to the Eryri (Snowdon) mountain skyline on the mainland.

Rhosneigr is perhaps one of the most popular beaches in North Wales , with soft sand and mighty waves that make it a surfers paradise no matter the season! Many visitors choose to come here because of its highly-regarded seaside restaurant , The Oyster Catcher .

This is a great spot to relish in some truly remarkable seafood after a brisk walk amongst Rhosneigr’s epic sand dunes.

8. Newborough and Ynys Llanddwyn

Newborough Beach, Places to visit in Anglesey

Perhaps Anglesey’s most popular place to visit , Ynys Llanddwyn , certainly won’t disappoint. Known as one of Britain’s finest beaches and steeped in Welsh folklore, it’s also famous for its relation to Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh Patron Saint of lovers!

The island’s picturesque lighthouse, still in operation today, adds to the romantic allure and is one of the best places to visit in Anglesey .

If you’re looking for places in North Wales to go paddle boarding , this is one of the great spots! I went last summer and along with its white sand and calm waters it’s great for many water activities and perfect as a child friendly beach in Anglesey .

Nearby Newborough Forest is a nature reserve that is one of the most important red squirrel conservation sites in the UK, offering a range of things to do in Anglesey for those seeking the best places on Anglesey.

9. National Trust – Plas Newydd

Located just after the Menai Bridge is the National Trust site Plas Newydd House & Gardens making it one of the easy places to visit in Anglesey and free places if you are a National Trust member already!

Plas Newydd is home to the Marquess of Anglesey and you can now view the house, an exhibition to learn more and the 40 acres of garden and 129 acres of woodland and parkland.

Plas Newydd is one of the great places in Anglesey for families as there is a fun play area onsite called Dairy Wood. The chance to spot Red Squirrels, a shop and cafe for all your needs.

10. Porthwen Brickworks

Along Anglesey’s northern coast, towards Bull Bay, you’ll find Porthwen Brickworks – a true hidden gem in Wales and one of the best places to visit in Anglesey! Dating back to the late 19th century, it once stood as a bustling hub of brick production, harnessing the rich clay deposits of the area. Today, the remnants of the brickworks form a hauntingly beautiful, weathered landscape, adorned with the skeletal remains of old kilns and buildings.

The Porthwen Brickworks site , a top tourist attraction in Anglesey, has been thoughtfully preserved, allowing visitors to wander through its historic ruins, gaining insight into the lives of the workers who toiled here. Note that it is not clearly sign posted, the walk down is steep and not advisable in poor weather or for less-abled walkers.

11. Cemaes Bay

Cemaes Bay, Places to visit in Anglesey

Nearby Porthwen Brickworks you’ll also find Cemaes Bay , another of the best places on Anglesey, a lovely harbour village with unspoilt beaches and unmissable walkways along the dramatic cliffsides of the Wales Coastal Path , offering a variety of things to do in Anglesey .

12. Anywhere on Wales Coastal Path

Wales Coastal Path, Places to visit in Anglesey

The Wales Coastal Path is one of the best things about Wales and the Isle of Anglesey offers many incredible spots along this path.

I love that wherever you are on the coast of Wales you can pick up the path and walk and this includes Anglesey. It’s easy to do and free to do!

Here are options for short and long walks along the Wales Coastal Path on Anglesey Island!

I hope this post has helped you find the places to visit in Anglesey!

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25 Best Things To Do on Anglesey Island, Wales

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When I started planning my Wales trip, Anglesey was one of the places I was most excited to explore. From castles to beaches galore, I’ll share what to do on Anglesey Island and everything you need to know for a memorable visit.

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Where is Anglesey?

Anglesey is an island off Wales’ northwest coast (in Welsh, Ynys Môn ). The nearest large city is Bangor and it’s also easily accessible from Conwy and Llandudno . Pinned are some of the best things to see in Anglesey. Keep reading for more details.

top 10 places to visit on anglesey

How long to spend on Anglesey

Well, how much of it do you want to see? Sure, you could tick off a few of the things to do on Anglesey during a half-day trip. But even with a full day, you’re looking at a handful of attractions. To see all the places in this guide, I’d recommend at least 3 days. You have two options : stay overnight on Anglesey, or stay on the Welsh mainland and drive over the bridge during a day trip(s). We were staying just a 5-minute drive from the Menai Bridge so it was easy to pop over and explore.

Where to stay on Anglesey, Wales

If you choose to stay overnight, there are plenty of accommodation options whether you would prefer to be based in a town or somewhere more rural. Glamping – for an affordable but comfy option, check out Coastal Pods on Holy Island, Anglesey. These pods have tea & coffee facilities and BBQ access. Book from £60 per night . B&B – by Red Wharf Bay Beach, Lon y Traeth Bed & Breakfast is near to most places on Anglesey. With friendly hosts, beautiful rooms and hearty Welsh breakfasts, it’s a lovely home from home. Book from £90 a night . Hotel  – near Amlwch in North Anglesey, Trecastell Hote l is one of the highest-rated hotels on the island. With a restaurant, bar and sea views, it’s perfectly placed for beaches and watersports in Cemaes. Book from £90 a night . Apartment – for total privacy and self-catering convenience, stay at Y Gorsaf in Llanfairpwllgwyngyll. The stylish apartment has two bedrooms, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. Book from £100 a night .

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How to get to Anglesey

By car: Take the North Wales Expressway or the Menai Bridge. By train: There are several stations on Anglesey most located in the south and east, however you can travel by train all the way to Holyhead, the furthest point from the mainland on separate Holy Island . Trains from London change in Crewe, whereas trains from Manchester and Liverpool change in Chester. By bus: It’s easy to catch the bus from Bangor to Anglesey. The X5 service runs all the way to Holyhead, making stops along the way.

How to get around Holy Island

Although it’s easy to reach Anglesey by public transport, the best way to get between the various Anglesey attractions is by car. Use Rentalcars.com to book a car and collect it from a hub like Holyhead or Bangor.

Read next: how to plan the ultimate Wales road trip

What to do in Anglesey

There are endless tourist attractions on Anglesey – both natural and manmade – so, unless you have a week to spend exploring, you’ll want to do your research in advance. You may wish to pick a handful of the best activities on Anglesey and tick them off them throughout the day. Another option is to focus on one side/coast of the island and explore it in depth. Notes:

  • All these attractions are listed on the map above so use it to plan your trip. Remember it’s a large island so factor in journey times between stops.
  • I’ve listed these attractions loosely in order of south to north. Keep reading for my Anglesey day trip itinerary.

These are a handful of the best places to visit in Anglesey, Wales…

1. Menai Suspension Bridge Viewpoint

Menai Suspension Bridge Viewpoint what to do anglesey

Before the building of the Expressway, Menai Bridge was the only way to access Anglesey by road. Prior to Menai, farmers used to have to make their sheep swim the distance! Menai was also the first and most impressive suspension bridge of its kind: an architectural masterpiece that wowed the people of the 1800s. Menai Suspension Bridge Viewpoint is the best place to admire not just the bridge but the sweeping scenery of the Menai Straits. Enter LL61 5YH into your satnav and pull into the roadside parking area to snap photos before moving on.

2. Church Island

One of the most worthwhile things to do on Anglesey is discover the many small islands surrounding it. One of these is Church Island, a tiny speck of land near Menai Bridge. Church Island measures 2 acres in size and has a small church and a memorial to soldiers lost to WWI and WWII. The only way to reach it is by foot. Stroll along the slim causeway admiring views of the Menai Straits. There’s pay and display parking on Mona Road (LL59 5EA) or you can park in Waitrose car park for free (although I don’t think they like you doing this).

3. Llanddwyn Bay

 Llanddwyn Bay

Of all the beaches on Anglesey, this is easily my favourite. The sandy coastline stretches for miles and the sea is shallow with gentle waves. During my September visit, the water was surprisingly warm. Perfect for paddling! Llanddwyn Bay is buffered by forest and dunes which not only add to the striking scenery but provide a sense of privacy. You feel a million miles from civilisation, yet you’re conveniently nearby when you want to arrive or leave. There’s a large parking area with toilets and a few refreshment stands. The Bay is a popular place for kitesurfing and a convenient launching point for walks in Newborough Forest.

Llanddwyn Bay Anglesey activities

Llanddwyn means ‘Church of St. Dwynwen’ referring to the patron saint of lovers. In Dwynwen’s honour, cards and presents are given on the 25th of January. A Welsh version of Valentine’s Day, if you will! Getting to Llanddwyn Bay: It can be found in the southeast corner of Anglesey, a 30-minute drive from Menai Bridge. Enter LL61 6SG into your satnav. If you choose to journey around Anglesey in a clockwise direction, it would make a lovely first stop. Spend the morning relaxing on the beach, taking a dip in the sea and hiking to…

4. Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn)

Ynys Llanddwyn island

This tiny ‘island’ is separated from Anglesey during high tides but, for the most part, it’s easy to reach Llanddwyn Island from Llanddwyn Bay. Simply turn right when arriving on the beach and walk to the end. You can’t fail to miss this craggy island with a lighthouse perched on its tip. Here, you’ll find the remains of Llanddwyn Chapel, a pilgrimage site relating to Dwynwen, patron saint of love. It’s thought she lived out her days on this island after escaping an unhappy marriage. The chapel dates back to Tudor times when the island became a pilgrimage site for young lovers, particularly those wanting to carry out a test involving handkerchiefs and eels to see if their partner was a match. Sounds legit 😉 Tip – Read the information board at the start of the walk and bring some decent footwear. You don’t need hiking boots but something other than flip-flops is recommended. I watched some people attempt it with bare feet and have to turn back.

5. Walk Anglesey Coastal Path

wales coastal path sign

As you may know, Wales is the only country in the world with a complete coastal path. Walking its entirety would take months but you could try to tackle the Anglesey part – or at least a section of it. The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path runs for 130 miles through countryside designated an Area of Natural Beauty. If you begin at its official starting point of St Cybi’s Church on Holy Island, it will take 12 days in total. The route is broken down into 12 sections (one per day) so an easier option is to follow one section during a day hike. Decide which and download the routes on the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path website .

6. Find Wales’ longest place name

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Undeniably one of the most sought-out attractions in Anglesey, this town near Menai Bridge has the second-longest name in the world! With 58 letters, it’s only trumped by the longest place name in New Zealand with 85 letters. The full name of this Welsh town is: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogery chwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch! It’s often shortened to Llanfairpwll. Which I still don’t have a clue how to pronounce, to be honest 😉 Although the train station in the town is functional, the platform has become somewhat of an Anglesey tourist attraction. As you can see from the photos, I took more than one opportunity to pose with the sign! There are THREE signs: one at the front of the station and one on either platform. You don’t need a ticket to walk on either platform, only to board a train. Address: LL61 5UJ. Make sure to follow directions to the train station, not the town itself.

Wales longest place name

7. Plas Newydd

National Trust members can give their passes a run for their money at Plas Newydd , a country house with vast grounds including manicured gardens and woodlands boasting a view of Snowdonia. Take a tour of the house and admire famous yet unfinished paintings by Rex Whistler and wander in 129 acres of woodland. In the grounds, you’ll find everything from wildflower meadows to an Arboretum and flower gardens from around the world. The 2024 ticket price for non-National Trust members is £8.30 for adults and £4.20 for children. Address: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6DQ.

8. Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

Although it’s hardly a hidden gem these days, Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens is one of the best places in Anglesey to escape the crowds and relax in peaceful surroundings. Get lost in the set of three large gardens featuring elaborate topiary, a wood and a waterfall. Afterwards, there’s a lovely cafe with coffee and cakes. Entry is £8 for adults and £2 for children. If you’re really craving solitude (and have the budget for it), there are a collection of self-catering cottages in the gardens where you can stay overnight. Address: LL59 5NH. Note – Plas Cadnant is temporarily closed in 2024; I will update this when it reopens.

9. Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle things to do Anglesey wales

Majestic Beaumaris Castle is one of the most famous attractions in Anglesey. Its name derives from beau mareys , meaning ‘beautiful marsh’ referring to the flat land it’s built on. Like many Welsh castles, Beaumaris was built as part of Edward I’s mission to conquer Wales. Although it looks remarkable by my standards, it was intended to be even grander, earning it the title ‘the greatest castle never built’. A lack of funds and conflict elsewhere meant building work was halted and Edward I’s complete vision never came to life. However, it’s still managed to bag a slot on the World Heritage Site list. Ticket price: Adult tickets cost £8.70, child tickets cost £6.10 and family tickets cost £28.20. Address: LL58 8AP.

Beaumaris castle

10. Beaumaris Pier

If visiting Beaumaris Castle, don’t overlook Beaumaris town. As well as Beaumaris Gaol , there are some quaint shops and cafes worth a visit but the highlight has to be Beaumaris Pier. Strolling the Pier, ice cream in hand, is a must for a trip to Anglesey. Kids will love the opportunity to go crabbing and wildlife watchers can sign up for…

11. Boat trips to Puffin Island

If seeing wild puffins sounds like a dream come true, this is one of the best things to do in Anglesey, Wales. Boat trips depart Beaumaris Pier and take the short journey to Puffin Island . Staying on-board, you’ll circle the island while your guide identifies wildlife and offers a commentary. As well as puffins, you may also spot razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes. Cruises lasting 80 minutes start from £18.95. Note – puffin breeding season is April to July and you’re unlikely to see puffins outside of this season. During our September visit, I asked a vendor at Beaumaris Pier what we would likely see and he answered honestly ‘not a lot’. I was grateful for his honesty as he could have easily tried to sell us his tickets… Beaumaris Pier address : LL58 8BS.

12. Aberlleiniog ruined castle

 Aberlleiniog castle

For a total contrast to Beaumaris, take a free hike to Aberlleiniog, a small but charming ruined castle less than 10 minutes away near Llangoed village. Although it’s not in the best nick, it was built in 1080 so it’s holding up pretty well. This lesser-known attraction is an optimum spot to escape the crowds. Park at Traeth Lleiniog where there’s a beach and picnic area. Turn left out of the parking area and start the walk to the castle along the road. You’ll soon come to a gate leading to an off-road path venturing into the woodland. It’s an easy walk of 10 minutes to the ruins.

13. Penmon Point

Penmon Point

If you’ve previously stopped at Aberlleiniog Castle, you’re a 10-minute drive from another of the best places to see in Anglesey, Penmon Point . This is the most easterly point of Anglesey, looking outwards towards Puffin Island. As well as beautiful coastal views, Penmon has an attractive (although stony) beach and a lighthouse. There’s a large parking area, toilets and a cafe so you may wish to stop here for lunch.

penman lighthouse wales

14. Lunch or coffee at the The Pilot House Cafe

If you’ve visited Llanfairpwll and Beaumaris during the morning, you’ll likely reach Penmon Point by early afternoon. We stopped for foodie fuel at the Pilot House Cafe which has a large garden area with coastal views. They serve all-day breakfasts, burgers, tea, coffee, cakes, ice cream and drinks including wine, ciders and Welsh beers and ales. Try the bara brith, traditional Welsh bread flavoured with tea.

15. Anglesey Farmers Market

If your visit coincides with the third Saturday of the month, one of the best things to do in Anglesey is head to Prince’s Pierl in Menai Bridge town and eat your heart out! Anglesey Farmers Market is the largest of its kind in Anglesey, selling not just locally sourced meat, vegetables and crab, but also goodies you can eat there and then like coffee, cakes and ice cream. Note – the market is currently on pause but I’ll update this when it gets up and running again (hopefully soon).

16. Benllech

Benllech beach anglesey island attractions

Benllech is a large town on the east coast of Anglesey. Although it has cafes and amenities, you’ll want to head straight for the beach if you’re searching for tourist attractions in Anglesey. Benllech Beach is often voted one of the best beaches in North Wales thanks to its sweeping sands ideal for sunbathing and making sandcastles. The gentle waves are perfect for paddling and swimming.

Benllech low tide

Address: LL74 8QE. Park at Lower Wendon Pay & Display Car Park or Upper Wendon Pay & Display (note that it’s a steep walk from the beach). Benllech Beach is accessible for both prams and wheelchairs.

17. Red Wharf Bay

If it’s Anglesey beaches you’re looking for, plan a stop at Red Wharf Bay. Just a 15-minute drive south of Benllech, this quaint town and bay are worth a stop for nature lovers. The bay is a designated nature reserve where you may be lucky enough to spot sandpipers, shelduck, curlew and more. Afterwards, grab a pint or bite to eat at one of the highly-rated restaurants in Red Wharf Bay: the Boathouse, Ship Inn or the Tavern on the Bay.

18. The Copper Kingdom

Once the location of the world’s largest copper mine, this visually striking area remains one of the key tourist attractions on Anglesey Island. Simply driving around North Wales, you’ll notice the change in scenery as you pass Parys Mountain. Its history dates back 4,000 years but really ramped up in the 1700s when it became integral to the Industrial Revolution, bringing jobs and prosperity to Anglesey. One of the top places to go in Anglesey is The Copper Kingdom Centre in Amlwch Port (near Cemaes in North Anglesey). This otherwise sleepy town had its own version of the American gold rush: the ‘copper rush’, which you can learn about at the centre. Address: LL68 9DB.

19. Cemaes Bay

cemaes bay

If you’re exploring the north coast of Anglesey, don’t miss this gem. Cemaes is a village with a charming bay and sandy beach. The Bay is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty partly owned by the National Trust, but free to visit. It’s a hotspot for Anglesey activities including windsurfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing. You can book activities in advance from £10 an hour. For a leisurely walk, take the track from Cemaes to the Wygyr Valley. For something more challenging, take one of the hardest but most worthwhile sections of the Anglesey Coastal Path: the Cemaes to Amlwch hike via Porth Wen Brickworks . Cemaes Bay Address: LL67 0EW. It’s the opposite side of the island from Menai Bridge so it takes around 40 minutes to drive the distance.

20-25. Holy Island, Anglesey

Holy Island things to do anglesey island wales

A final thing to do in Anglesey is continue your road trip to Holy Island, connected via the North Wales Expressway and Four Mile Bridge. However, I would recommend setting aside a separate day for this. Holy Island may be easy to reach from Anglesey but there’s so much to see and do that you’d regret rushing it. Things to do on Holy Island include:

  • Hiking in Breakwater Country Park. If you’re feeling energetic, make it to the top of Holyhead Mountain
  • Visiting the beaches – Trearddur Bay and Porth Dafarch are two of the best
  • Walk the bridge to South Stack Lighthouse
  • Learn at Holyhead Maritime Museum
  • Watch birds from Elin’s Tower (managed by the RSPB)
  • Spot stone circles and ancient burial chambers.

Read next: A complete guide to Holy Island, Anglesey

Anglesey day trip itinerary

South-east itinerary: 10am: cross either of the bridges to Anglesey and stop to take photos at Menai Suspension Bridge Viewpoint. 10.30am: arrive at Llanfairpwll to take photos of the longest place name in Wales. 11.30am: arrive at Beaumaris. Tour the Castle and wander the pier. Add extra time here to take a Puffin Island boat trip. 2pm: Visit Penmon Point, admire the lighthouse and stop for lunch or tea and cake. 3.30pm: Relax at Benllech Beach, one of the most beautiful in North Wales. West & north itinerary: 10am: Drive to Llanddwyn Bay and hike to Llanddwyn Island. 2pm: Head north to Cemaes Bay, stop for lunch, take a hike or try some watersports. 4pm: Tour the Copper Canyon and learn about this fascinating piece of history.

Things to do near Anglesey

There’s so much to see and do in North Wales. Check out my other blogs to research the best of the region.

  • What to see & do in Conwy, Wales’ best-preserved medieval town
  • Complete guide to Portmeirion, the idyllic Italian village in North Wales
  • Fun things to do in Llandudno, Wales’ Victorian seaside town

Headed down South? Use my Cardiff itinerary and Wales road trip itinerary to guide you.

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Top 10 things to do in Anglesey

Nestled on Anglesey’s north coast, far from the tourist-trodden paths, lies a treasure waiting to be discovered. This hidden gem, with its unexpectedly industrial charm and scenic allure, is where today’s journey into the top 10 things to do in Anglesey begins.

I’ve been lucky enough to live a 90-minute drive from Anglesey, an island connected to the North Wales coast by two bridges, for virtually my whole life. It’s chronically underrated compared to other coastal gems in the area – think bougie Abersoch and Llandudno’s quintessential seaside feel – so I’m really excited to shine a light on some of the best things to do in Anglesey. Let’s dive in.

Top 10 things to do in Anglesey

Poth Wen Brickworks

In the shadows of more renowned attractions, Poth Wen Brickworks stands quietly, a testament to Anglesey’s industrial history.

You’ll catch your first glimpse of the breathtaking coastal views as you take the thin, rocky footpath down towards the site.  As always, nature is gently reclaiming its space among the remnants of a brickmaking past, making Poth Wen Brickworks a magical place to spend an afternoon.

Wander in and out of the ruined buildings, set up a picnic on the cliffs overlooking the neighbouring beaches and even kayak out into the bay. You may even see the tents of wild campers spending the night here – an adventure I’m yet to experience but it’s on my list!

To find Poth Wen Brickworks, head for Torllwyn where you’ll find the closest access point to Porth Wen beach. There’s limited parking available in a couple of lay bys on the country road so I’d recommend arriving early to make the most of your day there.

Poth Wen Brickworks, Anglesey

South Stack Lighthouse

Our adventure takes a dramatic turn as we reach South Stack Lighthouse. Perched on towering cliffs, it offers a panoramic view of the Irish Sea and it’s equally beautiful if you’re blessed with beautifully blue skies or moody clouds – let’s be honest, the latter isn’t uncommon in Wales.

It’s undoubtedly a photographer’s (and Instagrammer’s) dream, with rugged beauty, crashing waves and even puffins nestled into the craggy coastline! You can walk out to the island’s lighthouse – although it’s a steep 400+ step stairway so come prepared with flat shoes – and if you visit between April – October, you can even take a tour of the former engine room. It’s not in use any more – the lighthouse has been running using an automated electric lightbulb since the 1980s – but it’s still an interesting thing to do.

Located near Holyhead, South Stack Lighthouse is accessible by car with plenty of parking and picnic benches where you can set up for lunch with a view.

South Stack Lighthouse Anglesey

Our next stop is my absolute favourite as we head to Rhosneigr, the town featured in many of my happiest memories. It’s small but has rapidly grown in popularity over recent years, resulting in the quaint 70s bungalows starting to give way to luxurious glass-fronted beach houses.

For couples seeking a romantic stroll along the shoreline, families searching for a classic British summer or friends ready to catch the waves, Rhosneigr is a haven. The best beaches to explore are Traeth Llydan and Traeth Cymyran, as they both have great, shallow swimming and gorgeous views of Snowdonia on a clear day. If you’re into water sports, Traeth Crigyll is where you want to be! Both Cymyran and Crigyll are located right next to RAF Valley so there’s also the chance of seeing (although you’ll hear it first) a military jet take off.

Rhosneigr beach, Anglesey

The popularity makes it super busy in the summer months, but with a lovely atmosphere where you can still enjoy an ice cream from Chaplin’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar, grab a reliably delicious chippy from Scarlett’s (although don’t miss out – it’s only open until 8pm!) or even treat yourself to dinner behind the beach at The Oyster Catcher.

Rhosneigr is easily accessible from the A4080 so if you’re driving around the island, it’s an absolute must-visit.

Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber

Delving into Anglesey’s ancient mysteries, we arrive at Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber. This Neolithic site, with its ancient carvings and mystical aura, transports you back in time. It enjoys stunning views over Cable Bay too, making it a great location for a walk after you’ve spent a day frolicking on the beach.

It’s located near the village of Aberffraw on the southwest coast, although you can enjoy a beautiful walk there across the beaches from Rhosneigr in just over an hour which is usually how I visit. It holds a special meaning to my family but will add a touch of mystery to anybody’s Anglesey adventure.

Newborough Beach

Newborough Beach Island, Anglesey

Next up, enchanting pine forests give way to Newborough Beach, arguably the most stunning part of Anglesey’s coastline. For any Scousers reading – it’s the Formby of Anglesey.

Newborough Forest is a nature lover’s paradise – keep your eye out for red squirrels – and the wide expanse of golden sands overlooking Snowdonia is absolutely perfect for a summer’s day out.

Make sure you check the tide times before visiting: walking out to the lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn (Llanddwyn island) is an absolute must-do. It’s a narrow stretch of land that makes for a fantastic picnic spot, not to mention the ruins of St Dwynwen’s Chapel – she’s the patron saint of lovers who marks the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s day – and the incredibly photogenic lighthouse.

Of all the things to do in Anglesey, this is undoubtedly one of the best.

Newborough Beach Lighthouse, Anglesey

RibRide Adventure Boat Tours

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, RibRide offers a thrilling nautical escapade. Hold on tight as you speed over the waves, exploring the rugged coastline and sea caves with plenty of fun facts to learn about the area too. They even zip up to Ynys Seiriol, or Puffin Island, but I’ll save more details on that for later!

It departs from Menai Bridge and you’ll speed up towards Beaumaris – as the area’s famous for racing, it’s a particular treat if you’re onboard around that time for a spectacular view of all the boats from the water.

RibRide is easily accessible by car or public transport so why not add a splash of excitement to your Anglesey adventure?

Plas Newydd

For a touch of grandeur, Plas Newydd beckons. Surrounded by lush gardens and overlooking the Menai Strait, this National Trust property offers a taste of Anglesey’s aristocratic past. Whether you choose to stroll through the opulent interiors or enjoy a picnic in the sprawling grounds, Plas Newydd is a stunning trip to make while you’re in Anglesey for the view alone.

We visited during the pandemic so I’ve only experienced the beautifully landscaped grounds but I can’t wait to go back to check out inside one day.

Plas Newydd, things to do in Anglesey

It’s situated near the town with the world’s longest name – that’s Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch – or alternately, you can get to it easily by car, as with everywhere else on your Anglesey to-do list. Look left as you drive across the Britannia Bridge and you’ll see Plas Newydd there!

Beaumaris Castle

Stepping back in time, we arrive at Beaumaris Castle – a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Honestly, I’m not one to go inside every castle I see but this is one that’s really worth a visit to explore the rich history within its stone walls.

I visited Beaumaris Castle one weekend in April when they were hosting a medieval festival in the grounds which added to the experience even more, but even without it’s well worth a visit!

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

Beaumaris is located on Anglesey’s South East corner, making it super accessible by road from both bridges.

Red Boat Ice Cream

A short stroll from the castle leads us to Red Boat Ice Cream, my favourite place to treat my sweet tooth in Anglesey. Red Boat Ice Cream is so good that it’s sold all over Wales and they change up the flavours all the time: my top recommendations include Biscoff, Jelly Baby (trust me) and even Ginger Nut!

Take your cone to sit on the waterfront – it’s the ideal place to relax and savour the moment, as well as the ice cream.

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Penmon Point/Puffin Island

As we conclude our circular journey around Anglesey, we find ourselves at Penmon Point with Puffin Island in the distance. The serene beauty of the point and the possibility of spotting puffins make it a fitting end to your Anglesey adventure – although I’ve got to say, it catches the morning sun beautifully too.

Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, a photographer, or simply seeking a peaceful moment, Penmon Point delivers. It’s a short drive from Beaumaris, so you can tie it into a complete day trip if you don’t have much time to spare.

Are you looking for a place to stay in Anglesey? The whole island is easily driveable by car so pick the area with the facilities that work best for you. I book most of my travel accommodation via Booking.com!

And that’s it, all of my absolute best recommendations for things to do in Anglesey – have a wonderful trip! If you have any other recommendations, I’d love to hear them.

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14 Top-Rated Things to Do in Anglesey

Written by Anietra Hamper Sep 7, 2022

The Welsh island of Anglesey is one of the most stunning places to visit in the country if you want to fit in history, beaches, the coast, wildlife, and outdoor adventures among the things to do on your travels.

Anglesey is located on Menai Strait on the northwest coast. While the island is known for its red squirrels, the United Kingdom's only native species of squirrels, it has also garnered a much-deserved reputation for its wild coastline views, hidden gardens, boating, and beaches.

South Stack Lighthouse

Anglesey also has great towns and villages that are chock-full of shops and cafés tucked between historic castles and buildings. Your entry to Anglesey from the Menai Suspension Bridge , an architectural feat, is the perfect welcome to the island, with so many adventures and tourist attractions that await you.

Spotting rare plant and animal species at the South Stack Lighthouse and the quirky finds like the Welsh village that has the longest name in Europe, are just the beginning.

As you plot your itinerary, review our list to make sure you do not miss the top things to do in Anglesey.

1. Admire the Incomplete Beauty of Beaumaris Castle

2. nature & wildlife viewing on a menai strait boat trip, 3. see rare birds and flowers at south stack lighthouse, 4. plas newydd house and gardens, 6. cross the menai suspension bridge, 7. cast a fishing line in anglesey's coastal waters, 8. trek the isle of anglesey coastal path, 9. dive into the depths of the copper kingdom, 10. take a factory tour of the anglesey sea salt company, 11. uncover the secrets in the plas cadnant hidden gardens, 12. visit anglesey sea zoo, 13. visit the village with the longest name in europe, just because, 14. go sea kayaking, map of things to do in anglesey.

Beaumaris Castle

While Beaumaris Castle is one of the must-sees while you are in Anglesey, it is an incomplete castle that was intended to be one of the grandest in Wales. The 13 th -century structure was commissioned by Edward I of Wales and his architect, James of St. George, to continue a string of impressive castles like Caernarfon, Conwy, and Harlech already under their belts.

Money to build the castle ran out, and construction stopped. While the castle never reached its full potential, you can visit to see some of the grand accomplishments the builders did make, like its perfect symmetry and design, elaborate spiral staircases, walls within walls, and a design that was considered forward-thinking at the time.

One of the best times to visit Beaumaris Castle is during a public event, like a discovery dig or a medieval festival, when you can combine a hands-on experience with time exploring the castle and grounds.

Address: Castle St, Beaumaris LL58 8AP

Official site: https://cadw.gov.wales/visit/places-to-visit/beaumaris-castle

Anglesey boat trip

Anglesey is so rich with coastal wildlife and cliffside scenery that seeing the landscape from the water on a boat tour is one of the top things to do during your visit. There are several boat operators available and a variety of trips to take. Most tours run 60 to 90 minutes.

You can set out for a leisurely sightseeing coastal trip for the chance to see local wildlife in its natural habitat, including migratory birds like puffins and playful seals, between May and July.

For those looking for a little more adventure on the water, you might want to opt for a trip to Puffin Island, with the opportunity to take a wild ride on the swells of the Menai Strait.

South Stack Lighthouse

The South Stack Lighthouse is hands-down one of the most memorable experiences in Anglesey. One step onto the cliffside vista, and you know that you are someplace special.

The South Stack Lighthouse sits on a small island off the northwest coast of Holyhead in Anglesey. It was built in 1809 at 27.7 meters (90.8 feet) high to warn ships of the jagged cliffs below. You can get tickets to take the nearly 400 steps down to the lighthouse and go inside the engine room or all the way to the top.

Everything else around the lighthouse is free and worth committing several hours to enjoy given the abundant scenery and wildlife to experience here.

The South Stack Cliffs nature preserve just above the lighthouse is run by the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Spend some time in the visitor center and inside Elin's Tower for a cliffside view of the wildlife with binoculars and telescopes that are free to use. Look closely and you might spot dolphins, minke whales or a harbor porpoises out in the water.

Walk some of the cliffside paths or just sit for a while on one of the benches to look for bird species like razor bills, puffins (May-June), kittiwakes, kestrels, magpies, swallows, and peregrine falcons. Rare choughs (from the crow family) are found here, too, and there are only about 500 pairs left in the UK.

The environment around the lighthouse is unique, creating a habitat for flowers like heather and the Spathulate fleawort, the only place in the world that it grows.

Address: Holyhead LL65 1YH

Official site: https://southstack.co.uk

Plas Newydd House and Gardens

There are many spectacular gardens in Wales, but the Plas Newydd House and Gardens operated by the National Trust is a stand-out. The mansion and surrounding gardens are a nice stop for a few hours with some great views of Snowdonia in the distance.

The 18 th -century home sits on the Menai Strait. One of the reasons visitors stop here is to see the large collection of Rex Whistler works, including the expansive preserved mural. He was a regular visitor to the home in the early 20 th century.

The gardens outside behold the other great masterpieces of this property. Take your time to walk along the wooded paths through 129 acres of flowers and colors that change with the seasons. You will be treated to tulips in the spring and rhododendrons that bloom from gardens that were planted in the 1930s.

Be sure to make your way through the arboretum and the meadow bursting with summer wildflowers. Wrap up your visit in the gift shop, which sells unique garden décor and picnic essentials.

Address: Llanfairpwllgwyngyll LL61 6DQ

Official site: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-newydd-house-and-garden

Anglesey beach

If visiting some of the best beaches in Anglesey tops your priority list, then you have plenty to choose from and will need to prioritize your favorites.

Llanddwyn Beach should top your beach list because there is so much more to do here than play in the water. Just getting to the beach is exciting as you go through the Newborough National Nature Reserve and Forest , which surrounds you with forest, tall dunes, and spectacular ocean. This is a great option if you plan to add other things to do into your beach day, like hiking and biking.

The crescent and soft, sandy Benllech Beach is a family-friendly beach with lots of space. In the summer, you are likely to find organized children's activities and sandcastle building competitions. There are fantastic tidal pools on this beach to explore, too.

Some of the other great Anglesey beaches include: Traeth Lligwy , a wide beach for games, with nice swimming water and easy accessibility, with parking, food, and restrooms; Traeth Crigyll , with a winding beachfront, steep dunes, and a nearby caravan park; and Porth Swtan , a Blue Flag designated beach that is ideal for bodyboarding in the surf.

Menai Suspension Bridge

It is unlikely that you'll miss this Anglesey attraction, the Menai Suspension Bridge, as you will probably drive across it on your way to the island. This historic bridge opened in 1826 and was built under the direction of Thomas Telford, famous for other notable bridges in the UK. It is also the world's first major suspension bridge .

The bridge was built as part of a plan to improve the route from London, England to Dublin, Ireland, and served as the last connection, making it a new road from Shrewsbury to Holyhead.

The engineering feat was to develop a road across the 580-feet-wide Menai Strait while still allowing tall ships to pass. You can drive across the bridge or use a pedestrian path.

One of the best views of the bridge is from below on a grassy viewing platform that you can access from Beach Road.

Fishing off Anglesey

Anglesey is surrounded by ocean and an abundance of fish species, which is why fishing on the island is a major draw. With 130 miles of coastline, there are plenty of great fishing opportunities.

Some of the common species to catch are mackerel, herring, sea bass, and coalfish. You can even target Tope from the shoreline. While summer is ideal for fishing, you can catch a wide variety of species like cod, coding, herring, and whiting in the winter.

If fishing from shore is your choice, some locations to try are Cymyran Beach, Black Point near Penmon, and in Moelfre. You can also hire a fishing operator to take you out by boat with equipment provided.

Coarse anglers can take advantage of several lakes located in Anglesey that have varying angling access and requirements.

Anglesey Coastal Path

While only hard-core hikers might travel to Anglesey just to trek the full 130-mile (220-kilometer) Anglesey Coastal Path, you can work sections of it into a regular vacation to check that box. The coastal path pretty much follows Anglesey's coastline, weaving you in and out of lush vegetation along the way.

The star of the show is the view as you are trekking on top of the cliffs. You get a prime perspective on the beaches below, alive with swimmers, paddleboarders, and vacationers relaxing under cabanas.

The Anglesey Coastal Path also takes you through farmland (be mindful of the curious cows!), wooded areas, wildflower meadows, and sand dunes.

The path has 12 designated sections, so if you want to commit a day for a planned hike, you can do that. Be advised that you are fully exposed to the elements on the cliffs, so you will want to pack plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen in your backpack.

Since you are trekking on rocky coast, you will preferably want to wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes that provide traction.

Copper Kingdom

Wales has a rich history in mining, so a visit to Copper Kingdom in the port town of Amlwch is a must-see. You will want to set aside a few hours for the full experience. Copper Kingdom preserves the history of this small fishing village that became home to the largest copper mine in the world in the 18 th and 19 th centuries.

Start your visit at the Exhibition Centre to learn about the discovery of copper in the Parys Mountain in 1768 and the stories of the miners who worked there. This is a family-friendly and interactive center.

Just outside the center, step down to the harbor, where boats are moored in the heart of the colorful, copper-infused cliffside.

Round out your visit at the Parys Mountain Copper Mine Heritage Trail . This is about two miles away and worth the additional time to visit. There is free parking, and you can take a self-guided walk along the path to see the crater of the largest open pit copper mine in the world when it was in operation.

Address: Amlwch Port, Amlwch LL68 9DB

Official site: https://copperkingdom.co.uk

Anglesey Sea Salt Company

Chances are that somewhere along the way, you've enjoyed the garnish of Halen Môn sea salt on your food, which is why taking a behind-the-scenes factory tour in Anglesey is so much fun. Here is where the sea salt magic happens.

The family-run business started by accident, when a saucepan of boiling sea water was left on the stove and crystalized into what is now the Halen Môn Sea Salt. It is now supplied to restaurants around the world and was included in the culinary scene of the 2012 Olympic games in London.

The 45-minute tours run twice daily from Wednesday through Sunday. You will learn about the history of the specialty food company, and wrap up the tour with a tutored tasting, of course. Stop by the café for lunch and through the gift shop for some sea salt to take home.

Address: Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL616TQ

Official site: http://www.halenmon.com

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

Part of the appeal of the Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens is that they are in fact, hidden. Drive the small road that leads back into a private country estate, and you'll think you are in the wrong place while having to park between grazing sheep outside the main gates.

The manicured gardens are hidden behind the stone wall. When you step inside, a dramatic sunken garden appears, with topiaries and lush flowering plants. The inspiration for the gardens was developed in 1804 by famous landscape designer Humphry Repton. The gardens were eventually abandoned but restored in 1996 to their ornate designs.

Walk the grounds to admire the waterfalls, perfectly manicured trees and shrubs, the two-acre walled garden, and colorful flower beds. A perfect way to end the visit is in the traditional tearoom, which serves homemade scones and sandwiches.

Address: Cadnant Road, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales, LL59 5NH

Official site: https://plascadnant.co.uk/2/en-GB/THE-HIDDEN-GARDENS

Jellyfish at the Anglesey Sea Zoo

A fun and educational indoor adventure for families awaits at the Anglesey Sea Zoo. It is a marine education center with a lobster hatchery, seahorse breeding program, and other conservation programs in place. There are more than 40 tanks featuring sea life from around the UK including conger eels, jellyfish, and octopuses.

There are lots of cool features to the Anglesey Sea Zoo experience, including the Meet the Aquarist talks and demonstrations; the engaging displays, like the Crashing Wave that mimics ocean tides; and the food prep room, where you can watch aquarists prepare the animals' food for the day.

Stop by the gift shop, where you can choose your own pearl oyster and watch it opened to have your own pearl to take home, or have it set into jewelry.

The conservation center also has beach clean-up programs and marine life adoption programs if you want to get more involved beyond your vacation.

Address: Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwll LL61 6TQ

Official site: https://www.angleseyseazoo.co.uk

Village with the longest name in Europe

You might have a tough time putting the name of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch into your GPS, but if it fits, you will love the novelty of visiting the village with the longest name in Europe.

Part two of your adventure there is trying to pronounce it with its 18 syllables.

The village, also referred to as Llanfair PG, which is easier to say, is 58 characters long. One of the best locations for seeing the name in full (because it doesn't fit on road signs) is at the train station, where it is displayed on the front of the building and a placard by the railroad tracks.

In fairness, there's not much else here to see, but adding this stop to your itinerary will add an extra bit of fun and photos to your vacation.

Sea kayaking off Anglesey

Pretty much the entire northern Welsh coast is fantastic for water sports but there's a special appeal of Anglesey for sea kayaking. The island's jagged coastline and scenery, along with its tucked away bays, make it a great place for beginners to learn.

Just beyond the bays is where experienced sea kayakers gravitate because the constantly changing tides on the exposed coastline offer a new challenge.

If you are new to the area or sea kayaking, it is best to take a guided tour, so that you feel confident about your safety on the water, and you can enjoy the scenery and wildlife around you. There are quite a few sea kayaking companies in Anglesey that offer guided trips and rent equipment.

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Best Places to Visit in Anglesey | The Ultimate Guide

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After spending quite a few holidays and weekends exploring Anglesey I thought I’d share this ultimate guide to the island. It covers some of the best places to visit, with attractions perfect for the whole family as well as thrill-seeking adventures. This small island is known for its many beautiful beaches and the epic views begin from the moment you cross over from the mainland. So here is my ultimate guide to Anglesey, so you can make the most of your trip there!

Ynys Llanddwyn Island | Newborough

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I’m starting this list with one of my favourite places on Anglesey, Newborough Beach. This location is incredible for so many reasons, from the rugged mountains of Snowdonia and the Llyn Peninsula in the distance, to the soft sandy beach and a pine forest full of red squirrels that borders the coastline.

There’s something here for everyone. This beach has ample parking that costs £5.20 all day, with a toilet block, BBQ’s and an outdoor shower to rinse off the sand. This place can get busy in the Summer so arrive early to beat the crowds for the car park! But the beach itself is large enough that it won’t feel crowded even on a hot summers day.

Newborough beach also has a tidal island, Ynys Llanddwyn (featured in the photo) which gets cut off during high tide. So double-check the tide times before you visit to avoid getting wet feet! It takes about 30 – 50 minutes to walk to the island from the car park, but it’s definitely worth the walk. You can easily spend a whole day just relaxing and exploring this area!

Menai Suspension Bridge

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There are two ways to get across to Angelsey if you’re travelling by car from mainland Wales. Both of these take you over the Menai Strait.

The most popular way to cross over to Anglesey is to take the A55 across the Britannia Bridge, but just to the right of this bridge is a second one just a short detour away. This second bridge is the Menai Suspension Bridge. It was the first modern suspension bridge in the world and it was built by Thomas Telford in 1826. It is still considered one of the great industrial wonders of the 19th century!

I’d recommend detouring off the A55 to pick up the A5 to cross over this bridge especially if it’s your first time visiting Anglesey. This is such a great experience and the perfect way to start your trip. But before you carry on your journey to the rest of the island, be sure to stop off and explore the town of Menai. Walking around the town, admiring the bridge from below and enjoying some delicious food in one of the many amazing restaurants. Some of my favourite restaurants in Menai include Dylan’s, Hydeout Bar Smokehouse, The Liverpool Arms and Tom’s Hamburger House.

The Place With The Longest Name In The UK!

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After exploring Menai, the next place you need to visit is a location with the longest name in the UK and the second-longest place name in the world. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogeryrchwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch also commonly known as Llanfairpwll, or Llanfair PG for short has 58 letters in total! The word means ‘St Mary’s Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave’. The reason why Llanfair PG is so long is the result of a businessman in the 1880’s who lengthened the name in an attempt to attract tourists to the area. It’s safe to say that nearly 150 years later, it worked!

If you’re interested in learning how to say Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogeryrchwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch click the video below, it’s taken me about 2 months to learn how to say it but I think I’ve got it right!

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Beaumaris is a perfect place to base your holiday, with direct links to the main roads that take you all across the island. With its pastel-coloured houses and quirky shops, this town is easy to fall in love with!

There are plenty of things for you to do whilst you are here. You can visit the unfinished masterpiece that is Beaumaris Castle, which was never finished due to the money and supplies running out before the castle reached its full height. There are also boat trips which leave from the pier. These boat trips take you around Puffin Island and Penmon Point Lighthouse. I’ve gone on one of these boat trips and it’s a great opportunity to see the wildlife that frequent Anglesey’s coastline. Keep an eye out for puffins, seals as well as a few dolphins who frequently visit this area.

South Stack Lighthouse | Holyhead

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What is the ultimate guide to Anglesey without mentioning the most iconic lighthouse in Anglesey? South Stack is a lighthouse and RSPB reserve just off the Northwest coast of Anglesey on an even smaller island called Holyhead. Known for its many seabirds such as the puffins and guillemots that frequent the area as well as the South Stack Lighthouse which is a prominent feature of this location. This is also the best place to see the sunset and is a favourite location for many photographers!

If you want to explore the place a bit further, there are 400 steps to get down to the lighthouse itself, where you can go on a tour of the former engine room. Or you can just soak in the views from the lighthouse from the newly built cafe that offers wonderful coastal views. The parking is free here for the first two hours which is plenty of time to stop off to get a few photos and explore the area around South Stack Lighthouse.

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Cemaes Bay is the most northerly village in Wales. With two beaches and an idyllic harbour, this location should be on your list of places to visit. This is a popular place in the summer to paddleboard, swim in the sea and enjoy the sheltered harbour. It’s a popular spot for locals and a great place to take children to enjoy the sea on a safe beach. There’s parking right on the seafront, with one of the car parks featuring a small hut that sells some of the best woodfire pizza’s I’ve had! They taste particularly amazing after a morning of activities in the sea!

Melin Llynon

This small windmill on Anglesey has taken the island by storm with some of the best doughnuts in the whole of North Wales or in my opinion the whole of the UK! They’re the creation of Richard Holt (a chef who’s worked in London’s most exclusive Michelin Star restaurants), as well as his amazing team. With queues that often wrap around the building, it’s easy to see why this is a popular favourite amongst locals and tourists alike! The doughnut or as they’re brilliantly named here Mônuts (after Ynys Môn the welsh name for Anglesey) often sell out before 1pm so it’s best to arrive early. I’ve visited a few times now and my favourite Mônuts are the Lotus and all of the Chocolate ones,plus their milkshakes and chocolate bars are just as incredible.

The windmill here was built in 1775 and is the only working windmill in Wales producing stone-ground wholemeal flour using organic wheat. You can explore inside the windmill and learn more about its history in Anglesey. There are also two roundhouses that offer a great insight of the life of Iron Age farmers over 3000 years ago. So if you visit Anglesey, Melin Llynon is definitely worth spending some time exploring and indulging in some of the most incredible Mônuts.

Penmon Point

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One of the best places to visit for sunrise is Penmon Point lighthouse, located on the East Coast of the island. There’s a private toll road to get to the lighthouse which is £2.50 but the parking afterwards is free. This place becomes famous in the summer as bioluminescence plankton light up the shores with bright blue light at night and it becomes a hub for photographers and spectators.

There’s a cafe which sells delicious pizza and food as well as some toilets. Pizza always tastes the best when you eat it with an epic view and it doesn’t get much better than this place!

Parys Mountain

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If you ever wanted to experience what it might be like walking on Mars then this might just be the place for you! Located just outside the town of Amlwch is the site of a large copper mine. The colours of this mine are incredible, especially on a sunny day as the mine dazzles in hundreds of vibrant shades of orange and red.

This was once one of the largest copper mines in Europe in the 1700s and has had activity in the area for over 4000 years. It is completely free to visit this location and worth a visit if you are on the northern side of the island.

PLACES TO STAY

There are plenty of places to stay across Anglesey if you are looking to extend your trip here. Beaumaris is a good location to stay at, with easy access across the whole island. As well as breathtaking views, and great restaurants it is the perfect base for a holiday here. Click the map below to view accommodation and places to stay around the area.

Additional Recommendations

There are so many places worth visiting around Anglesey. These places are perfect for families, thrill-seekers as well as those who want to relax at the beach. Here are some wonderful locations I have recently explored that I can fully recommend visiting! Click any of the links to visit their website to find out more and book tickets. I will keep adding to this section of the blog post as I explore the island more, so feel free to check back here for future recommendations.

Family Attractions and Days Out for Kids in Anglesey

Anglesey Sea Zoo | This award-winning family attraction is a wonderful place to visit as you come face to face with Britain’s most elusive sea creatures including Seahorses, Octopus, Lobsters and plenty more. There are over 40 tanks here and the zoo features one of the largest aquariums in Wales displaying over 150 native species.

Pili Plas | Located near the Menai Bridge is another award-winning attraction perfect for the whole family, whatever the weather! They have tropical butterflies, snakes, tarantulas, lizards, exotic birds and so much more. As well as farm animals, an adventure playground and an indoor play zone.

Foel Farm Park | Enjoy a real farm experience at Foel Farm, with the opportunity to bottle feed lambs or calves! Cuddles with bunnies, riding a pony and taking a tractor ride around the farm are some of the things available here. All located just a short distance away from the coast!

Fun Activities and Sports in Anglesey

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Menai RibRide | If you’re looking for some thrill-seeking adventures whilst in Anglesey, a boat trip with RibRide might be for you. Take a trip on one of the fastest RibRides in the world along the coastline of Anglesey. Soaking in the amazing views and wildlife along the way.

Anglesey Riding Centre | Set along the Menai Strait with incredible views of Caernarfon Castle and Snowdonia, this riding centre offers great views whilst on your ride out. They offer lessons and hacks that are suitable for all abilities from a complete beginner to the more experienced rider. With 5 miles of private bridleways and beach excursions, there’s something for everyone. This offers an incredible experience to see Anglesey in a whole new way.

Puffin Island Cruises | Departing from the pier at Beaumaris, boat trips from here offer a leisurely cruise along the Menai Strait. I went on this cruise a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed my time on the boat. It takes you on a 90 journey around Puffin Island near Penmon Point. There’s plenty of wildlife to view and interesting commentary along the way. Be sure to take a warm coat as it can get chippy out on the waters even in the Summer.

Museums, Gardens and Historial Places in Anglesey

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Plas Newydd | A wonderful country house located right on the Menai Strait. This National Trust has origins dating back to 1470 it also has incredible views across the Menai Strait.

Anglesey Transport Museum | With over 100 vehicles a trip to the transport museum in Newborough is like stepping back in time. They have a replica of a 1940’s street surrounded by memorabilia from over the decades. This includes tractors, cars, static engines, motorcycles and military vehicles. Not to mention the incredible panoramic views of Snowdonia in the distance.

Plas Cadnant | Described as one of North Wales best-kept secrets! This award-winning hidden garden features a stunning walled garden, woodlands and waterfalls. It is located between the Menai Bridge and Beaumaris and there is no booking is necessary for these gardens.

Holyhead Maritime Museum | Situated in the picturesque Newry Beach, this maritime museum is in one of the oldest lifeboat stations in Wales. It’s full of history about shipwrecks, rescues and what life was like sailing on the Irish sea over a century ago.

Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber | This is one of Anglesey’s most famous prehistoric landmarks that date back to 3000BC. The name Bryn Celli Ddu means the ‘Mound in the Dark Grove’ in English. This is free to visit and is a short 15-minute walk away from the car park.

Coastal Attractions in Anglesey

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Breakwater Lighthouse and Holyhead Breakwater | At 1.7 miles long, this victorian structure is the longest breakwater in the UK. Popular with fishermen this breakwater is a lovely walk and leads to the Breakwater Lighthouse. Charter boats also run from the marina here, these go out fishing over the numerous wrecks and reefs in the area.

Church Bay | Church Bay is a lovely sand and pebble beach backed by cliffs. This is the perfect spot for swimming, sailing, fishing and surfing. It is also the location of an amazing seafood restaurant called the Lobster Pot which is worth a visit!

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If you are looking for some amazing places to photograph in North Wales then I’ve got the perfect book recommendations! These books include the best time of day to go and where to shoot for the best composition. As well as a more in-depth guide into some of the places I have mentioned.

My favourite book is  Photographing North Wales: The Most Beautiful Places to Visit . It is such a great book and has helped to inspire my photography loads over the past few years. As well as planning my trips around the area. Definitely, one which is worth the money, especially if you are going on a holiday to Anglesey and North Wales. Click any of the images below to shop for these books on Amazon. 

Have you ever been to Anglesey? If you have, I would love to know what your recommendations on places to visit are. I’m hoping to go back there in the next few weeks. I’d love to explore the island during Autumn time and maybe catch a glimpse of a few Red Squirrels. I hope you have enjoyed this blog post on the ultimate guide to Anglesey!

If you are looking for more places to visit around Wales then my blog post on How to Spend a Day in North Wales would be a great read for you! I also have a new blog post on the Perfect Gift Guide for That Outdoor Adventurer in your life!

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The 30 best things to do in Anglesey Wales

  • David Angel
  • Wales , United Kingdom

About the author: David Angel , is a Welsh photographer, writer, and historian with 30+ years of experience, and previously Art Director for Visit Wales. His work is regularly featured in the BBC, the Guardian, and Condé Nast Traveler. He is fluent in English and Welsh.

Are you looking for the best things to do in Anglesey? The Isle of Anglesey is the largest of around 50 Welsh islands. It is home to one of the finest castles in North Wales as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.

I’ve loved Anglesey for over 40 years, and have been fortunate to visit a great many times. I’ve explored all corners of Anglesey over countless visits, and it’s somewhere I’ll continue to return many more times.

In this guide, I’ll show you the best things to do on Anglesey, which is undoubtedly one of Wales’s best places to visit.

Table of Contents

Why Visit Anglesey

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We’ve already divulged the secrets of the best Anglesey beaches , including stunning Llanddwyn Island . Now it’s time to venture further, and tell you about the huge range of things to do in Anglesey.

Some of the beaches on Anglesey are among the most beautiful beaches in Europe, and for many they’re the main reason to visit Anglesey.  

This island off the north Wales coast is home to one of the finest castles in North Wales in Beaumaris, and the village with the longest place name in the UK.

Rhosneigr is home to some of the best surfing in North Wales, and one of the best things to do on Anglesey is to explore the coast path, which has some of the best sections on the Wales Coast Path.

Inland from the amazing beaches in Anglesey you’ll find a rural landscape of green fields, vast sand dune systems, rocky hilltops and a great many prehistoric burial chambers and standing stones. It’s one of the most evocative landscapes in Wales , somewhere we’ve been drawn back to many times over.

So for the best things to do Anglesey has to offer, read on.

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30 Best things to do in Anglesey

1. beaumaris castle.

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Beaumaris Castle is one of the greatest of all Welsh castles , one of four included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site that also includes Caernarfon, Conwy and Harlech, the Castles of Edward I in Gwynedd .

Beaumaris sits close to the east end of the Menai Strait, looking across to the Snowdonia mountains. It was the last of Edward I’s Iron Ring of castles built to suppress the Welsh, and it was never finished.

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Edward was the medieval equivalent of maxed out so this masterpiece of military architecture remains incomplete.

Beaumaris is undoubtedly the best of the Anglesey towns, with a pleasant high street full of independent shops.

It’s one of the best places to stay in Anglesey, with several of the best Anglesey hotels in the town or close by.

2. Menai Suspension Bridge

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Thomas Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge is one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe , an elegant marvel of the industrial age (it was completed in 1826) in a serene location beneath the mountains of Snowdonia.

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The modern Britannia Bridge now carries the vast majority of traffic to Anglesey, but the Menai Bridge was the first crossing between mainland Wales and Anglesey island, carrying the A5 road between London and Holyhead.

It’s one of the most recognisable landmarks in Wales , and the best view is from the lay-by on the A5 heading towards Llanfair PG.

3. Llanddwyn Island

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Llanddwyn Island has one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe , a description that also fits Newborough Beach, which you need to walk along to reach it.

It’s possibly the best of all places to visit in Anglesey, a tidal island reached by a half-hour walk along the stunning Newborough Beach.

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It’s an isolated spot, hidden behind miles of pine forest, but once you’re out of the trees you’re in a different world, with breathtaking views to the mountains on the Welsh mainland.

The island was once the retreat of Santes Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers, and the ruin of a chapel dedicated to her is one of the first things you’ll see on the island.

4. South Stack Lighthouse

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This iconic Anglesey lighthouse is just 3 km (5 miles) from busy Holyhead, but the feel of the place couldn’t be more different.

The soaring cliffs of the South Stack RSPB Reserve are a haven for seabirds, including the distinctive orange-beaked chough which lives there year-round, while puffins, guillemots and razorbills nest there in springtime.

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South Stack lighthouse was built in 1809 to warn passing shipping away from the treacherous coastline, and it has reopened its doors to visitors in the last few years.  

The view from the cliffs, especially at sunset in spring and summer, is unforgettable.

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The area around South Stack cliffs is rich in history, with the Holyhead Mountain Hut Circles – the remains of an Iron Age village – across the road from the car park, and one of the best Anglesey walks takes you to the summit of Holyhead mountain from there.

5. Anglesey Sea Zoo

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Our top pick of things to do in Anglesey in the rain is the Anglesey Sea Zoo . It’s a great introduction to British marine life, with many different environments (shipwrecks, piers, rockpools and a kelp forest) re-created in the aquarium.

You’ll find everything from seahorses to snakelock anemones, skates to sharks, flatfish, jellyfish and more.

They also have a great deal whereby you can return for a second visit – ideal with a nature lover like our son – within a week of your first.

6. Foel Farm Park

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We took our Little Man to Foel Farm Park during a brief winter visit to Anglesey, and he adored it.

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We spent most of the time with the animals inside, especially the little piglets huddled together, which he thought was wonderful.

If we had visited a week later, we would have seen the first lambs of the year. Instead we also went on a tractor tour of the farmyard and surrounding fields.

It’s on the same minor coastal road as Anglesey Sea Zoo and Halen Mon, a mile or so from the villages of Brynsiencyn and Dwyran.

The views across the Menai Strait are worth the trip too, and you can clearly see Caernarfon Castle across the water in most weather conditions.

7. Halen Mon – Anglesey Sea Salt

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Owned and run by the same family as Anglesey Sea Zoo next door, Halen Môn has been harvesting sea salt from the Menai Strait and Anglesey coastline since the 1990s.

The guided tour shows you how it’s all done, and you get to do a full tasting at the end. We haven’t done the tour yet but can vouch for the salt – it’s some of the best we’ve ever tasted.

I once even spotted some at a restaurant in Australia – it’s exported all over the planet, and you’ll find varieties of it in food stores and delis all around the world.

8. Malltraeth Sands

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Malltraeth Beach is the northern continuation of Newborough Beach, the main approach to Llanddwyn Island.

It’s bordered by the Newborough Warren pine forest and the Cefni estuary, and is roughly 3 km (2 miles from Malltraeth village.

It’s an easy flat walk along the Cob – causeway – in Malltraeth to the forest and eventually the beach, which you will almost certainly have to yourself.

9. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Image of the famous station sign at Llanfair PG Anglesey

The local road signs just say ‘Llanfair PG’. It’s one of the more curious villages in North Wales , where most people visit because of its elongated name, or to pop into the local Co-op for a sandwich.

It’s only a mile from the Menai Strait and one of the best views in Wales, to the nearby Menai Suspension Bridge.

The main attractions are the various place name signs, which can be found at the railway station and the adjacent James Pringle Weavers shopping complex.

Image of the Marquess of Anglesey's Column Llanfair PG Anglesey Wales UK

The village’s name was originally Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, but some locals thought a longer name would attract more visitors and put it on the map.

They made it so long it would fill many maps! It’s meaning in English is ‘St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool of the church of St Tysilio of the Red Cave’. It’s the longest place name in Europe and the second longest in the world.

10. Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber

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The burial chamber Anglesey is best-known for is Bryn Celli Ddu , whose name translates as Hill of the Black Grove.

It’s free to visit at any time, a five-minute walk from car parking spaces in country lanes 2 miles (3 km) from Llanfair PG – I’d suggest going early or late in the day to appreciate this site at its most atmospheric.

The chambered tomb – dating back to the Neolithic period, up to 5,000 years ago – is covered by a circular grass-covered mound.

Intriguingly, the whole of the central passage is illuminated by sunlight on the morning of the summer solstice, 21 st June.

11. Aberffraw Beach and Dunes

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Aberffraw village was once a royal capital, from where the ancient princes of Gwynedd once governed much of North Wales.

The only remnant of any age is the stone arched bridge in the village, which spans the Afon Ffraw river before its short run to the sea.

You have to drive through a vast sand dune system to reach the village, then pass another one on the walk to the beach.

The ten-minute walk is rewarded with sublime views of Snowdonia, and it’s one of the best beaches Anglesey has, the crowds kept down by the walk there.

12. Anglesey Walks – The North Coast

Image of the Anglesey Coast Path looking towards Porth Llanlleiana

There is some superlative Anglesey walking to be discovered, particularly along its 125-mile coast path.

The northern section of the coast is one of the least-visited parts, but some of the best Anglesey coast walks are along this section.

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The main attraction here is the landscape, with high, steep cliffs plunging seaward. Start at the picturesque church of Llanbadrig and head east.

This is one of the best sections on the entire island, finishing at the ruined china clay works at Porth Llanlleiana. Continue east to Porth Wen Brickworks, and on to Bull Bay or Amlwch to make a full day of it.

13. Rhoscolyn Beaches and Coast

Image of sea kayakers paddling below Bwa Gwyn rock arch Rhoscolyn Anglesey Wales

Rhoscolyn has long been one of my favourite places to go in Anglesey. It’s a scattered, strung-out village spread along the lanes of the south of Holy Island (Ynys Cybi), a few miles south of Holyhead.

There are two wide sandy beaches to the south of the village, then the coast completely changes character, with pink, white and black strata of ancient rock and the stunning Bwa Gwyn white arch less than a mile from the village.

There is also a holy well dedicated to the local saint Gwenfaen – another name for the village is Llanwenfaen.

The area is one of the best places to visit in Anglesey, and The White Eagle one of the best Anglesey pubs, with a bistro-style menu.

14. Church Bay Anglesey

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Church Bay – Porth Swtan in Welsh – is one of the best beaches in North Wales .

It’s in one of the quietest parts of the island, the remote north-west coast a few miles south of Carmel Head.

It’s a beautiful, picturesque spot, a wide swathe of sand bordered by rocks and rockpools ideal for adventurous kids.

15. Parys Mountain, Amlwch

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In the 18 th century Parys Mountain was the largest copper mine in the world.

It is an enormous site, two miles inland from the north Anglesey coast and its port of Amlwch. Parys Mountain is one of the most striking and unusual landscapes in Wales , its bright copper, old gold and streaked pink and black surfaces scoured away, in contrast to the rolling green fields surrounding it.

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 It may be hard to picture now, but Amlwch was once a bustling boomtown with well around 1,500 workers employed on the mountain.

It takes around two hours to do the mountain circuit walk, but also try to visit Copper Kingdom on the quay in Amlwch Port for an insight into what life was like for the workers.

See Also: The Welsh Slate Landscape – Wales’ Newest World Heritage Site

16. Cemlyn Bay

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Cemlyn Bay is a remote Anglesey beach unlike any other. The beach is a steep bank of shingle, sheltering a lagoon that’s a haven for birdlife.

It’s home to common, Arctic and sandwich terns (some of which also nest on the nearby Skerries islets). Different birds frequent the shingle ridge and lagoon throughout the year, with oystercatchers and ringed plovers breeding on the former. 

You may also get to spot an Atlantic grey seal near the shoreline.

17. The Skerries – Anglesey Rib Ride

Image of the Skerries lighthouse and islands, North Wales

The Skerries – Ynysoedd y Moelrhoniaid in Welsh – are a series of islands off the north-west coast of Anglesey.

They’re normally visible from the nearby Anglesey coastline, and the lighthouse – the most remote of the lighthouses on Anglesey – has been signalling to shipping since 1716 – the present structure was completed in 1759.

It’s a breeding ground for over 2,000 pairs of Arctic terns, and common terns and puffins in season. Anglesey Rib Ride run boat trips there from Holyhead Marina, exploring the remote coastline between Church Bay and Carmel Head on the way – one of the best Anglesey boat trips.

18. Penmon Priory

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Penmon Priory is a beautiful old 12 th century church hidden away in the north-eastern corner of Anglesey with heart-melting views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia.

The church is dedicated to St Seiriol, an ascetic who lived on nearby Puffin Island.

The simple church is one of the most enchanting Anglesey churches, and you can also visit the medieval Dovecote across the road and St Seiriol’s Well close by.

The 21st century seems a long way away in this idyllic little place.  

19. Rhosneigr Surfing

Image of Traeth Crigyll beach Rhosneigr Anglesey

Rhosneigr is the uncontested Anglesey surfing capital. The village is quite different in feel to most of the rest of the island, rather like Abersoch is to the rest of the Llyn Peninsula , with more upmarket places to stay and eat than you tend to find elsewhere on Anglesey.

There are two beaches in Rhosneigr, very different in character. Traeth Llydan is where you head for the best of the Anglesey surf, and in the right conditions you’ll also see kite surfers and windsurfers out as well.

Traeth Crigyll, just to the east of the town, is more sheltered, and ideal for families with young kids who can paddle and build sandcastles to their hearts’ content.

20. Porth Wen Brickworks

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The extensive remains of the 19 th century Porth Wen Brickworks dominate the cove of the same name on the north Anglesey coast between Cemaes and Bull Bay.

There are great views over the complex, which was abandoned after World War I, from the Coast Path, and the site can be accessed, albeit with a rather steep scramble down.

There are some magnificent old buildings including circular kilns, and striking scenery including a natural rock arch among the ruins.

A compelling part of Welsh industrial history in a gorgeous setting.

21. Burial Chambers and Standing Stones of Anglesey, Wales

Image of the Penrhosfeilw standing stones near Holyhead Anglesey

Anglesey is richly endowed with ancient monuments, with examples in all corners of the island.

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They range from the standing stones of Penrhosfeilw and Holyhead Mountain Hut Circles on Holy Island to the enormous slabs of the Lligwy Burial Chamber on the east of the island to the remarkable chambered tomb of Barclodiad y Gawres, on a headland above Cable Bay.

There are over a hundred of these monuments around the island.

22. Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay

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Red Wharf Bay is a beautiful part of Anglesey, that is a vast bay with boats at high tide and an immense expanse of sand at low tide.

The Ship Inn has an idyllic location at the end of the minor road, and in summer is a fantastic place to sit outside and enjoy a beer or glass of wine.

I haven’t eaten there for many years, but when I did it was high quality pub food.

23. Traeth Lligwy, Moelfre

Image of Lligwy Beach, Anglesey

Traeth Lligwy is one of the best beaches on Anglesey, occupying a glorious spot on the east coast of the island close to the seaside village of Moelfre.

It’s a gorgeous wide sandy beach, less exposed than the beaches on the west side of the island. At low tide a great many rockpools are revealed, just the place for inquisitive kids to discover some of the local marine life.

The coast path between Moelfre to the east and Traeth yr Ora beach to the north is one of the best walks on Anglesey, taking you to one of the most secluded Anglesey beaches which you’ll have to yourself, even in summer.

24. Oriel Mon, Llangefni

Oriel Môn is the main museum and art gallery in Anglesey, located on the edge of the island’s ‘capital’, Llangefni.

The Museum shows you the history of Anglesey, pulling together all the strands we’ve separated out here.

The art gallery focuses on two very different artists, both of whom lived in Anglesey for many years. Charles Tunnicliffe’s collection of wildlife drawings is captivating, and Sir Kyffin Williams is mainly known for his distinctive landscapes of Snowdonia and Anglesey.

Well worth a couple of hours of your time. 

25. Puffin Island

Image of Puffin Island and Trwyn Du lighthouse Anglesey Wales UK

Puffin Island – Ynys Seiriol in Welsh – was the home of the local saint Seiriol in his later years, and he established a monastic cell there. The 12 th century remains of a church dedicated to him remain in the island, but the main attraction nowadays is the wildlife.

The island is one of the most popular Anglesey boat trip destinations, with birdwatchers drawn by the nesting great cormorants, kittiwakes, guillemots and more.

The island’s original population of puffins was all but wiped out by brown rats, which have in turn suffered the same fate.

The puffin population is slowly recovering. Puffin Island boat trips depart Beaumaris in the spring and summer.

26. Beaumaris Gaol

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There are several things to do in Beaumaris other than visiting the Castle. These include the 19 th century Beaumaris Gaol, a small provincial prison that is incredibly well-preserved.

The lot of a Victorian era prisoner was a grim one indeed, although Beaumaris was considered one of the more enlightened and humane establishments of its time.

You can explore the corridors and cells, including the condemned cell where two prisoners were held before their executions.

One of them swore he was innocent, and placed a curse on the church tower clock when his final appeal for clemency was refused. To this day the four faces of the clock do not tell the same time.

27. Holyhead Roman Fort

Image of the church of St Cybi in the Roman fort at Holyhead

There aren’t a great many things to do in Holyhead to detain you long.

It’s a busy, workaday port with a great deal of traffic passing through.

The one place of note in Holyhead town centre is the small Caer Gybi Roman fort , which is across the street from the Old Harbour.

The walls are very well-preserved, and the medieval parish church of St Cybi is also housed within.

There are other Roman remains nearby, at Caer Y Twr hillfort on the summit of Holyhead Mountain.

28. Ferry to Ireland

Image of Holyhead harbour with a ferry berthed there

Holyhead’s main earner is the Stena Line ferry to Dublin that departs up to four times a day. I haven’t done it myself, but know several people who have done a day trip to Ireland from Holyhead.

The timings of the ferries are such that you can go there and back in a day, or opt for an overnight stay in Dublin.

29. Trearddur Bay

We’ve never seemed to have enough time to spend at Trearddur Bay, a fine Blue Flag beach a couple of miles from Holyhead, which is a great pity.

It’s a lovely wide, flat beach, absolutely ideal for families and kids. It’s enormous, so there’s always plenty of space for everyone.

The Trearddur Bay Hotel, which overlooks the beach and sea, is one of the best hotels on Anglesey.

The smaller, wilder Porth Dafarch beach is just up the road towards South Stack.

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Best Things To Do In Anglesey – Final Words

I hope my guide to the best things to do on Anglesey has helped inspire you to visit this wonderful island.

It’s one of the best places to visit in North Wales . And in Llanddwyn Island it has somewhere that should be near the top of any Wales Bucket List.

Mainland North Wales is within easy reach from Anglesey. Check out my Snowdonia road trip article for some great itineraries around North Wales’ National Park.

Anglesey is also very close to some of the best Castles in North Wales . Check out my guides to the best things to do in Caernarfon , things to do in Conwy and things to do in Harlech . These are packed with information on visiting the three World Heritage Castles in mainland North Wales.

And no visit to North Wales would be complete without visiting some of its superb beaches. Check out my guide to the best beaches in North Wales for over 30 outstanding beaches around the North Wales coast.

Be sure to check out my other guides to North Wales, one of the most beautiful areas to visit in Britain.

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Magical Anglesey – the Biggest Island in Wales

  • Anglesey beaches & coastline  – Home to some of the best beaches in the UK
  • Best walks on Anglesey  – Eight of the best Anglesey walks to help you discover more of this magnificent island.
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All the Best Things to Do in Anglesey: A Comprehensive Guide

I first visited Anglesey on a camping trip a couple of years ago and I’ve been fascinated by this stunning island ever since. Ynys Môn as it’s known in Welsh, is the largest island in Wales and the eighth largest in the United Kingdom.

Anglesey, which is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait, is famous for its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and amazing coastline.

Twr Mawr lighthouse and the St Dwynwen's cross, the iconic landmarks on Anglesey island, panoramic view on sunset, Wales coast, United Kingdom. Best Things to do in Anglesey

The north coast of Anglesey is rugged and wild and characterised by high cliffs, crashing waves and sea stacks.

The south coast is much more gentle and features some of the best beaches in Wales. Lined with quaint villages and finishing ports such as the village of Rhosneigr, the south coast is perfect for those seeking to relax and unwind.

In this article, I’m going to share with you my favourite things to do in Anglesey!

Holy Island

Menai suspension bridge, beaumaris castle, climb down to south stack lighthouse, plas newydd house and gardens, plas cadnant hidden gardens, visit the mysterious st patrick’s cave, spot puffins at the rspb reserve.

  • Walk Over Anglesey's Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

Camp Within Anglesey’s Picturesque Wilderness

  • Visit one of Anglesey's Amazing Beaches

Walk to Llanddwyn Island

Amlwch copper kingdom at parys mountain.

  • The World's Longest Place name

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15 of the Best Things to do in Anglesey Wales

Holy Island is on the west side of Anglesey, a larger island off the west coast of Wales. This is the most western point of Wales and it looks towards Dublin, Ireland .

Best Things to do in Anglesey a view of Holy Island Anglesey with a white lighthouse on the tip of the peninsula looking out to sea.

Measuring only 15 square miles it is called Holy Island because of the large amount of standing stones and burial chambers on the island. The circular walk around Holy Island, Anglesey, is one of the best sections of the Wales Coast Path to hike. With a dramatic coastline, this is a walker’s paradise. The walk passes the port of Holyhead and its breakwater, one of the longest in Europe before heading up Holyhead Mountain, which is the highest peak in the county of Anglesey.

Anglesey is separated from mainland Wales by the mile-wide Menai Strait and it can be reached over the Menai Suspension Bridge.   From the minute you cross one of the bridges you’ll see stunning landscapes, unspoilt coastlines and picturesque towns and villages that are just waiting to be explored.  

ANGLESEY, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 06: Night view of the famous Menai Suspension bridge alog the Menai Straits on September 06, 2018 in Anglesey

Beaumaris which is French for fair Marsh is part of the UNESCO heritage site that includes Beaumaris Castle.

Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey, Wales, UK

Built by Edward I this castle was to be his crowning glory but it was never finished. The castle featured the best of medieval defensive designs with its round towers, inner and outer circuit walls, massive towered gates and a fortified dock. Beaumaris Castle is considered one of the finest surviving examples of a concentric medieval castle.

South Stack lighthouse sits perched on a rock off the west coast of Holyhead Island in Anglesey. One of the most famous lighthouses in the UK, it’s a great way to spend a day in Anglesey and can be combined with one of my other favourite things to do, puffin spotting at the RSPB Reserve.

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The walk to the lighthouse from the RSPB reserve car park is only 1 mile and features a fun iron bridge across to the lighthouse. The walk does involve walking down a total of 400 steps to the lighthouse and then back up them again at the end. Whilst I loved the walk, after all those steps, I was certainly ready for tea and some cake at the cafe on my return to the carpark!

South Stack lighthouse is a working lighthouse and the best part is you can go inside! Tickets are £7.50 per adult and £3.50 per child, with a concession fee of £6. It’s open 10 am to 5 pm from Saturday through to Wednesday as long as the weather is okay.

Make sure to take your camera as there are lots of great photo opportunities!

Plas Newydd Anglesey is the family home of the Marquis of Anglesey. The house is an elegant 18th-century mansion designed by James Wyatt in a mix of Classical and Gothic styles, built around a 14th-century hall. The most remarkable feature is a huge mural painted by artist Rex Whistler who was a regular visitor to the house in the early 20th century.

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Outside there are gardens with panoramic views across the Menai Strait towards the mountains of Snowdonia – and also an Australian arboretum.

Described as one of North Wales’s best-kept secrets is the hidden world of Plas Cadnant Gardens, situated at the side of the Menai Strait, hidden from view near Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey.

Former owners of Plas Cadnant were related to the Tremayne family of Heligan House, now famous for its Lost Gardens.

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Three different gardens have been discovered, including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and a pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and a river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19c. folly.

I’ve always enjoyed exploring caves! They give me an insight into the history and culture of a particular region, as many caves were used by humans in the past for shelter, rituals, and other purposes. The UK has some amazing caves such as the famous Thor’s Cave in the Peak District.

In my opinion, the best cave to visit in Anglesey is St Patrick’s Cave, located on the coast, near the village of Llanbadrig.

According to local folklore, Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, took shelter in the cave after being shipwrecked off the coast of Anglesey in the 5th century.

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Apparently, on visiting the cave, the Dalai Lama said it was the most peaceful place on earth!

Start off at the small car park at the side of the road near the cave and around the corner from Saint Patrick’s Church. There is a steep but well-marked path down to the cave. The path can be slippery so be careful as you make your way down to the cave and take a torch as the cave is dark.

Eat Fresh Lobster at Church Bay

Church Bay is a picturesque bay on the northwest coast of Anglesey with a beautiful sandy beach in front of tall cliffs. The area also has some fantastic cafes and restaurants in the vicinity as well as great accommodations and campsites, making it a good base for exploring Anglesey.

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One of my favourite things to do in Church Bay is to eat fresh local lobster at the Lobster Pot or Wavecrest Cafe.

The Lobster Pot Restaurant is extremely popular so it’s worth booking a few weeks in advance of your trip to be sure to get a table.

As I’m not always that organised, I often end up going to Wavecrest Cafe instead which doesn’t require booking as it is more of a cafe style. They also serve fresh lobster which has been caught in Church Bay. As well as lobster, they do an opulent homemade strawberry and cream scone which is hard to resist.

Just over the road from the cafe, they have picnic benches on the grass where you can enjoy your food, great views of the ocean and the refreshing sea breeze. Wavecrest Cafe in Holyhead is currently open Thursday – Saturday from 12 – 5 pm.

After you’ve eaten it’s just a 5-minute stroll down to the beach where you can sunbathe or just wander along the coastline.

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Viewing puffins at the RSPB reserve in Holyhead or Puffin Island as it’s nicknamed has to have been one of my favourite wildlife experiences in the UK!

Once you’re parked up at the South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve car park, it’s a short 5-minute walk to the viewing point for the South Stack Cliffs which are filled with a vast array of birds who visit and nest on the cliff faces during the spring and summer months.

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I found the puffins quite comical birds to watch with their short stubby legs, large orange beaks and the endearing way they waddle around.

Sadly due to climate change and overfishing, they are listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List, and their population has declined by over 30% in the past 30 years.

However, conservationists in the UK including the RSPB are working to protect these amazing birds and ensure their survival. Puffin numbers at South Stack Cliffs have grown from a low point of only a few breeding pairs to over 100 pairs of puffins in 2023.

Make sure to take a set of binoculars or ideally a spotter scope to get a good view of the puffins as they can be hard to spot at first. A little trick I found was holding my phone camera over the posterscope viewer allowed for some great pictures.

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Walk Over Anglesey’s Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones

There are many amazing stepping stones in the UK including the famous Chee Dale Stepping Stones in the Peak District and the stepping stones at the Devil’s Punchbowl in Surrey.

I love stepping stones so I was delighted to discover that Anglesey has a giant set of stepping stones as well. These monstrous stepping stones are located between the villages of Dwyran and Newborough in the south of Anglesey.

The Giants stepping stones across Afon Braint and swan, Newborough, Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom, UK

The stepping stones form part of the Anglesey Coastal Path and enable walkers to easily cross the Afon Braint tidal river.

There is a bit of mystery around the origin of the Rhuddgaer Stepping Stones which adds to their appearance. Some sources suggest that the stepping stones appear on maps dating back as far as the 19th century. However, it’s also thought that they were much smaller originally and later replaced by the giant stones which exist today, however, no one seems to quite know how by who!

The stones are a little challenging to cross due to their size and spacing so exercise caution when crossing and wear suitable footwear. Try to avoid wet periods when the stones can become quite slippy making the crossing more difficult.

Holiday accommodation in the UK can be expensive but that’s no excuse not to visit Anglesey for a long weekend as there are loads of excellent campsites to choose from. Camping is not only cost-effective but helps you immerse yourself in nature and really unwind.

There are a range of different campsites to choose from starting from the most basic pitches without any facilities such as power all the way through to luxury campsites which include swimming pools, restaurants and bars.

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I tend to opt for a basic campsite near a beach and get a pitch with a power hookup which allows me to have a great camping experience without too much cost.

Church Bay Cottages & Campsite is my favourite campsite. Not only can you hear the waves crashing whilst you sleep but one night I received a visit from three noisy hedgehogs! I unzipped my tent to see what all the raucous was about and found the three adorable balls of prickles just outside my tent.

Ever since lockdown, staycationing has become more popular with more Brits than ever. Due to this, campsites are busier than they used to be and it’s recommended to book your pitch well in advance, especially in the summer months.

Visit one of Anglesey’s Amazing Beaches

There are over 17 fantastic Anglesey beaches which offer a variety of activities including sunbathing, swimming, surfing and fishing.

One of my favourite beaches is the popular Benllech Beach, located in Benllech village on the east coast of Anglesey. Boasting golden sand and clear blue water, this is a great beach for sunbathing. You can also take a dip in the sea to cool off as the sea is safe for swimming.

All the Best Things to Do in Anglesey: A Comprehensive Guide

Another of my favourite beaches is Porth Swtan (Church Bay) Beach in the northwest coast of Anglesey. The beach is quieter than some of the other beaches and unspoilt. Although there is a lack of services, it provides a more natural feel which I love. There is a combination of sand and pebbles with cliffs providing an impressive backdrop. If you fancy a walk, you can access The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path from a footpath running off the beach.

For surfers, Rhosneigr or Trearddur Bay are the beaches to visit. Rhosneigr, located on the west of Anglesey is the winner of the Green Coast seaside award. Trearddur Bay is a sandy beach with a protected bathing area and lots of facilities.

Technically Llanddwyn Island is actually a peninsula and is only an island during high tide. Llanddwyn can be walked to from Newborough Warren Beach on the southwest side of Anglesey.

Llanddwyn Island is most famous for its connection with Saint Dwynwen the Welsh Patron Saint of Love. According to legend, Dwynwen, was a 5th Century princess, one of 24 daughters of the Welsh King Brychan Brycheiniog.

The cove on the East side of Ynys Llanddwy. Just down from the Pilot's cottages

Locals here still celebrate Saint Dwynwen, and at low tide, a path across a neck of sand from Anglesey leads onto uninhabited Llanddwyn where her religious cult was born.

During the Bronze Age, perhaps 4,000 years ago the Amlwch area was where copper mining began. After the 1760s, this small corner of Wales became the cauldron of the Industrial Revolution. Parys Mountain briefly produced more copper than any other mine in the world.

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The copper from this mine coated the warships of the Royal Navy at Trafalgar in 1805.

Copper was mined at Parys Mountain and then taken down to Amlwch Port where it was further processed and then shipped around the world. The Copper Kingdom Centre based in Amlwch Port tells the story of copper mining in the area.

The World’s Longest Place name

Finally, one of the world’s most famous photo ops is on the railway platforms of the town with the world’s longest place name: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllandysiliogogogoch.

All the Best Things to Do in Anglesey: A Comprehensive Guide

As you can see, there are so many beautiful things to do in Anglesey! From scenic beaches to long coastal walks, getting up close with native wildlife and exploring historical monuments, there really is something for everyone on this stunning Welsh isle.

With a large number of great campsites across Anglesey, it can make a very cost-effective holiday and somewhere I know you’ll keep going back to again and again.

All the Best Things to Do in Anglesey: A Comprehensive Guide

Anglesey is a hidden gem that offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience. With its breathtaking scenery, rich history, and unique culture, there is something for everyone to enjoy on this beautiful island. From exploring the stunning beaches and coastal paths to discovering ancient monuments and learning about the local wildlife, Anglesey has it all. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway or an adventure-packed holiday, Anglesey is the perfect destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So why not take a trip to this enchanting island and discover everything it has to offer? Trust us; you won’t regret it!

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Faith was born in Ireland raised in Canada and has lived in over 10 countries in Europe including England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain, Northern Ireland, Wales, along with Mexico, Antigua, the US and has slow travelled to over 40 countries around the world. Graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Women's Studies Faith is a student of history, culture, community and food and has written about these topics for over 40 years.

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15 Best things to do in Anglesey; Complete guide!

What to do anglesey in 2021/22 here is a complete list of 15 fun activities.

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With its rolling green hills and crystal waters, the Isle of Anglesey is a dream for those in search of peace and tranquillity. Known for its historical sites, picturesque scenery and remarkable beaches, the island is one of the UK’s holiday hotspots – which is why so many British travellers make their way across England; to visit this top UK destination.

You can certainly enjoy a summer break here and take full advantage of the breathtaking scenery. Or, it’s even a pretty place during the wintertime. But, you will get an idea when you want to visit Anglesey and all the attractions there. Like Merthyr Tydfil – Anglesey is one of the best things to do in Wales for any tourist!

Best time to visit Anglesey?

At just over 275m², this small island has a big heritage and a booming tourism industry – with 1.6m visitors to the Island each year. So it’s not surprising prices rocket during the school holidays during July and August. If you want the combination between nice weather and cheaper rates to visit during the months of May, June or September.

Check out these awesome deals on places to stay:

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Top things to do in Anglesey

#1 enjoy a coastal walk.

Anglesey has one of the best coastlines in the world , made up of coastal paths, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and quaint coves and bays. There’s over 125 mile of coastal paths in Anglesey to explore. You can even walk around the whole island which covers 95% of the coast and takes approximately 12 days passing through over 20 villages.

Check out the coast tour here 🙂

#2 Indulge in Anglesey’s local Market products

If you’re lucky enough to be in Anglesey on the 3 rd Saturday of the month you’ve got to check out the famous Farmers’ Market . You’ll be able to buy delicious Welsh Black beef and fresh crab caught along the Anglesey coastline, as well as a range of handmade cheeses to take home – yummy!

How about a private tour 😀

#3 Explore Beaumaris Castle – a wonderful piece of history

Beaumaris Castle is the great unfinished masterpiece built by the English monarch Edward I, but it was never finished due running out of supplies and money. They call it the “greatest Castle never built” due to its incredible views of Snowdonia from the top. It’s opened daily to the public for a small fee and includes an audible tour where you can learn about the Welsh Heritage of this historical masterpiece.

Visitors can enjoy the magnificent views from the Beaumaris Castle and go through many of its great rooms. It’s opened daily to the public and includes an audible tour where you can learn about the Welsh Heritage of this historical masterpiece. To get here, follow the A55 to Beaumaris, then take a left and drive through Castle Street.

Located on the north coast of Wales, Beaumaris Castle was built as part of a chain of fortresses designed to defend against invasion by the Scottish from the north. Its location proved an important strategic position in defending England from invasion. While never completed entirely because of limited supplies and funds in 1295 after 22 years of work, it is known that it was equipped with advanced features, including a double-decker castle rampart and drawbridge.

Check out the Castle Tour !

#4 Visit Anglesey’s Zoo

Great for a rainy day, Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife. There’s also an award-winning café and gift shop to enjoy, as well as the possibility to “pick-your-own” oyster which will be opened to reveal a cultivated pearl which the staff will mount in a clasp to be worn as a necklace pendant or an earring.

The Anglesey Sea Zoo is the UK’s only aquarium to be located on a working oyster farm. Over 40 tanks display the best of British marine wildlife. It includes many endangered and rare species, including Britain’s only true coral reef, which has gone on display after a £120,000 makeover. There’s also an award-winning café and gift shop to enjoy, as well as the possibility to “pick” your own pearl which will be opened to reveal a cultured pearl which the staff will mount in a clasp to be worn as a necklace pendant or an earring.

The Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique zoo that raises awareness of the precious marine life in Anglesey waters and the River Cefni. There are extensive tanks containing Otters, Salmon, Monk Seals as well as many species of fish. The zoo has won many awards including National Zoo of the year and is home to the Marine Conservation Society’s Education Provider of the Year.

#5 Relax at one of Anglesey’s Blue Flag Beaches

Enjoy some hot sugary doughnuts at Benllech Bay, a sandy beach great for swimming, windsurfing and rock pooling or try your hand at surfing down at Abberffraw Beach – which is why it’s definitely one of the best things to do in Anglesey. If you like quiet and scheduled then why not visit Silver Bay, this coved beach is located off a private road and has no amenities, it’s just you, fresh sea air and the whistling of the waves. Cemaes Bay is the perfect place to make childhood memories or to relieve your own, grab your buckets and spades and go explore the rock pools or cool off in the calm waters.

A tour around Anglesey is a great way to see the epic views!

#6 Visit South Stack Lighthouse

The historic South Stack Lighthouse is located on a small island reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs so you need to have strong legs and a fair bit of stamina! Visitors may explore the former lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse to witness some incredible views. South Stack is a wonderful place to watch thousands of breeding seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

#7 Go crabbing at Beaumaris Pier

Head to the local butchers and buy local crab meat, head to the Beaumaris pier and catch some crabs. The lower railing allows you to thread the crabbing line through so if they drop it they don’t lose it and there’s always a friendly feeling between fellow crabbers – it’s great.

Not only can you crab on the jetty but there are plenty of places to do it from. The Beaumaris pier is about half a mile away and you can literally catch your dinner within minutes of setting off. A great idea is to hit the local butchers beforehand and pick up some crustaceans from Crabworks or buy some fresh local prawns and head for a day’s adventure.

Grab a bunch of mates, head to the Beaumaris Pier and get cracking. There’s nothing like the thrill of spearing your own dinner first-hand. And with a great rail system for hanging the crab line, nobody will walk away empty handed.

#8 Horse ride down the Anglesey beach

Set alongside the beautiful Menai Straits, Anglesey riding centre offers stunning views of Caernarfon Castle and the Snowdonia mountain range beyond – you won’t find horse riding in a more beautiful surrounding. There 5 miles of private bridleways will give you a fantastic, safe introduction to riding, and we’re sure that more experienced riders will find plenty here to challenge them too.

How about a private tour from Chester to Anglesey ?

#9 Check Out Plas Newydd

The Welsh National Trust officially took over Plas Newydd in 1978. And today’s visitor can freely wander about the stately home, a reminder that even in a gentle tourist Wales, not all houses are museums. The rooms on display were chosen to show off the wealth of decorative arts gathered by the Pagets; also, they give good views of the estate and its two main attractions, both visible from the house–the picture-perfect formal gardens and park in front and the Menai Strait and its lambent views across to Snowdonia in the rear.

The house has fine 18th-century furnishings and superb period architecture. It is famed for its interiors and gardens, and for the fine parkland and magnificent views which stretch across to Snowdonia. Its extensive collection of silverware includes pieces owned by William Paget (1472–1539), who was a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household and one of Henry VIII’s secretaries of state. The collections of arms, armor, porcelain, and Welsh silverware are particularly noteworthy.

#10 Cemaes Bay Anglesey

Everyone needs a sandy spot with clear blue water to call their own. Find yours at Cemaes Bay on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales. A great family beach, it’s only ¼ mile long and has everything you need for a relaxing day – from picnic areas, to windsurfers, kayaks and a café. There’s also a children’s play park and ice cream van, making this beach a fun way to spend the day.

The perfect holiday destination for families, Cemaes Bay is Wales’ only Blue Flag Beach. The clear water and fine sand make it the perfect spot for an afternoon splashing around in the sea, while keeping an eye on your little ones from the safe shallow waters.

#11 See the underworld at Anglesey sea zoo

A visit to Anglesey Sea Zoo is a novel way for families to spend time together. Experience 11 exhibits, including the popular Shark and Ray Touch Tank, and animal encounters with walruses, penguins, otters, turtles and meerkats. There are several restaurants on site serving light lunches and refreshments so you won’t get too wet whistling for fish. An ideal day out for all the family.

The Anglesey Sea Zoo day out will plunge you into the waters of this 220 acre working sea aquarium. Find out about the inhabitants of our beautiful coastline on a guided tour and learn more about your favourite exotic fish in our fascinating interactive displays. With plenty to do, and even more to see, from funny creatures to adventurous playgrounds and touch pools you’ll be hard-pressed to figure out which animal or exhibit is your favourite. From colourful fish to roaring turtles you can find something for everyone at Anglesey Sea Zoo.

#12 Stroll Though Breakwater Country Park

Breakwater Country Park is relatively new, but has been around since the quarry was first developed in the 1960s. Situated on a dramatic headland above the sea, Scouselag Quarry is now home to one of the UK’s largest man-made marinas with over 500 berths. The sheer rock face offers some breathtaking views and the area is full of wildlife including flocks of migrating birds and seals – all part of this wonderful coastal landscape.

#13 Rhosneigr Beach 

Rhosneigr beach is a coastal village in the south of the Isle of Anglesey in Wales. It is Wales’ most popular seaside resort and famous for its beach with a Blue Flag award. This beautiful beach has soft sand, stunning views across to the Snowdonia mountains and a wealth of amenities including cafes, restaurants, gift shops and arcades.

#14 Trearddur Bay Beach

Trearddur Bay Beach is situated in a secluded part of the coast, approached by a mile long road off the A5 (Llaneurgain). It has easy access to the beach and over five hundred acres of under water mud flats backed by sand dunes and cliffs with numerous rock pools to explore. The sandy beach slopes gently into the sea with rocks at the bottom leading out into deeper water. The water contains many different species of fish and shells can be found on the shore.

#15 Benllech Beach Anglesey

Welcome to the heart of Benllech Beach and Holiday Park on Anglesey, just a short stroll from the beautiful beach. Spend your summer days exploring Anglesey’s untouched coastline and scenic countryside, or enjoy other activities, such as horse riding, surfing, and golf. There are plenty of family-friendly amenities at Benllech Beach Holiday Park including an adventure playground and funfair.

Best places to stay Anglesey

If you’re looking for an Airbnb room, check out my Anglesey Airbnb rooms guide for some of the Airbnbs in Anglesey to stay at!

Tre-Ysgawen Hall, Country House Hotel and Spa

The Tre-Ysgawen Hotel & Spa is gracefully set in peaceful, beautifully maintained gardens in the very heart of Anglesey. The room are large and very comfortable, with a luxurious bathroom. Afternoon tea was superb – we have hearty appetites but sadly had to leave some! Breakfast was also of the highest quality. If you want to relax, there are modern spa facilities and the opportunity to book treatments.

Gwesty Gadlys Hotel

Located near Cemaes Bay, this recently renovated and rejuvenated hotel in Anglesey offers modern en-suite facilities, comfortable decor and beautiful surroundings that will ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable stay. The onsite restaurant provides guests with super tasty fresh food that’ll keep you full for long due to the hearty portions. And after that full English breakfast why not head to the nearby beach for some Welsh fresh air.

The Anglesey Arms

So many travellers make The Anglesey Arms their hotel of choice when visiting Menai Bridge. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you. The rooms offer a flat-screen TV and a desk, and getting online is possible, as free wifi is available, allowing you to rest and refresh with ease.

Best places to eat Anglesey

Freckled Angel

A small family-run restaurant in Anglesey using the tapas concept with British ingredients. Each small plate is an explosion of taste and delight, there’s even an impressive wine list too. Friendly and attentive staff, divine food and relaxed atmosphere – what more could you want!

If you love pancakes – then this restaurant in Anglesey is the place for you. You can have your pick of savoury or sweet. Enjoy classic syrup and bacon or go for sweet stem and ginger for an exotic taste. The ambience of the place makes you feel comfortable from the off and if you’ve been before you always get a warm welcome back.

Tom’s Hamburger House

Hearty American burgers, loaded sweet potato chips and craft beer – you’ll be spoilt for choice!! The service is fast and the food is fresh, making it an overall enjoyable experience.

Final Thoughts

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post on the best things to do in Anglesey on your visit!

If you’re coming from abroad and you’re looking for the best places to visit in the United Kingdom – then you should check out my best things to do in Manchester post.

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The best places to visit in Anglesey, North Wales

With over 120 miles of coastline, the island of Anglesey is a popular destination for people heading to North Wales. Beautiful sandy beaches and coves line the east and west coast of the island, with rugged cliffs to the north and the Menai Strait to the south . Impressive lighthouses, medieval castles and other-worldly copper mines are just some of the best places to visit in Anglesey.

Anglesey, known in Welsh as Ynys Môn, is a fabulous place to visit. With easy access from North West England along the A55 expressway, it’s a popular holiday destination and can get busy during the holiday season. With a laid back vibe, it’s easy to explore the island at a leisurely pace, with a myriad of things to do.  There are two road crossings onto the island – the historic Menai Bridge and the newer Britannia Bridge – the A55 crossing providing a direct link with the port of Holyhead.

THE BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN ANGLESEY

Wander around the town of beaumaris.

First on the list of places to visit in Anglesey is the attractive town of Beaumaris – a picturesque destination with views across the Menai Strait to the Carneddau mountains and beyond to Eryri (Snowdonia). The historic seaside town is charming and a great base to explore Anglesey. The coastal setting offers the chance for beautiful walks along the seafront and pier, where boat trips can be taken to explore the surrounding coastline and nearby Puffin Island.

Beaumaris Pier

Beaumaris Pier

Beaumaris’ stand out feature is its dominating caste, standing proudly on the edge of town. Built in the 13th century by Edward I as part of his plan for an iron ring of castles in North Wales (alongside Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech), Beaumaris Castle was never actually completed. The castle is open to visitors, operated by CADW, and it’s well worth taking a self guided tour of the grounds and corridors.  The high level walkways around the castle provide fantastic views across to the mainland.

Beaumaris Castle

Mountain views from Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris has a number of hotels, and the town is packed full of great restaurants, bars and cafes. The historic streets are also full of independent shops and boutiques, with some charming products available, many of them locally produced.

TOP TIP | Feeling peckish? Grab a delicious lunch at MIDLAND TAPAS on Castle Street.

Visit Penmon Point for lighthouse views

top 10 places to visit on anglesey

Situated at the south eastern end of Anglesey, Penmon Point is a fabulous ‘must-see’ spot on the island and can be accessed via a toll road, the price currently being £3.50 for cars (cash only). A wild pebble beach with views across to Puffin Island and the North Wales coast, the main feature of Penmon Point is the striking Trwyn Du Lighthouse which sits on an outcrop just off the beach. Completed in 1838, the current lighthouse is 29 metres high with a black and white striped design. For visitors to Penmon Point, the Pilot House Cafe offers a great selection of hot and cold food, drinks and cakes and a very friendly welcome.

Trwyn Du Lighthouse at Penmon Point

Trwyn Du Lighthouse at Penmon Point

TOP TIP | At low tide, you can walk along a rocky footpath to the base of the lighthouse

Explore the beaches of the east coast

A small village and large bay on the east coast of Anglesey, Red Wharf Bay is a great destination as a lunch stop on your tour of Anglesey. It’s also a fantastic spot for nature lovers with an abundance of wildlife. Choose The Boat House, a cosy bar and bistro which overlooks the bay or The Ship Inn a short walk away.

The Boat House at Red Wharf Bay

The Boat House at Red Wharf Bay

Further north from Red Wharf Bay, a number of beaches are worthwhile stopping points along the east coast. From the golden sands of the beach resort of Benllech, to the wilder Traeth Lligwy further north, there’s something to suit everyone. The coastal village of Moelfre, whilst only having a small pebbled cove, is a pretty village with a wonderful cafe called ANN’S PANTRY. A popular cafe with a great menu and cute interior, it’s another great contender for lunch places to visit in Anglesey.

Take a walk around the other-worldly Parys Mountain

Heading inland, one of the biggest surprises while exploring Anglesey was to enter the other-worldly landscape of Parys Mountain. An ancient copper mine dating back to the Bronze Age, with large-scale mining taking place from the 18th century. 

Parys Mountain Copper Mine

Parys Mountain

The days of mining are long gone, but there are now a network of walking trails that meander around the site, and circling the massive Great Opencast, a deep excavation in the quarry created by the miners using only picks, shovels and gunpowder.  There are a number of viewpoints looking across the Opencast. The impressive site is ablaze with colours – browns, reds, pinks and oranges create a spectacular palette that looks like another planet.

Parys Mountain Walking Trails

There are sections of the walking trails around Parys Mountain where there are no views outside of the quarry, making it an even more immersive experience. The higher points of the quarry include the ruins of an old windmill which can still be accessed, providing some historical information and maps showing the mine tunnels deep below.

Parys Mountain Windmill

Parys Mountain Windmill

TOP TIP | Head into nearby Amlwch to visit COPPER KINGDOM , an attraction reliving the history of the copper mining heritage of the area.

Eat Mônuts next to a windmill at Melin Llynon

MELIN LLYNON  is a fantastic tourist attraction, located inland to the north west of Anglesey. Featuring a historically reconstructed windmill dating back to the 1770’s, a project is currently underway to repair the sails. The goal is to bring the windmill back to life, and be in a position to mill flour on site by current owner Richard Holt, a local man and renowned patisserie chef who moved back to Anglesey to take on the project.

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The site has evolved over the past few years. Having housed a cafe featuring stunning patisserie pre-pandemic, the business adapted to create Melin Llynon Gin, and the popular Siocled (welsh for Chocolate). Richard Holt is something of a Welsh language TV celebrity, and his quirky Willy Wonka style branding for the chocolate business saw a further evolution in 2021 with the release of Melin Llynon’s staggeringly popular and delicious Mônuts.

The Mônut Shop at Melin Llynon

The Mônut Shop at Melin Llynon

Mônuts are donuts, lovingly made right here on Ynys Môn. And boy have they been popular. With daily queues and sell outs throughout the 2021 season, whilst things are not so crazy anymore, they still sell out regularly with people travelling far and wide to get hold of these sweet treats. There are seasonal specials for Easter, Halloween and Christmas so there’s always a good reason to go back.

Windmill at Melin Llynon

TOP TIP | Check out for updates on Melin Llynon’s socials, as the popular patisserie events have made a return in 2023, outside of the main busy season. There’s a waiting list, but there are some last minute cancellations to look out for.

Walk down 400 steps to South Stack Lighthouse

Hopping across onto Holy Island and through Holyhead, we headed to the next of our top places to visit in Anglesey – South Stack Lighthouse. Built in 1809, the South Stack Lighthouse sits on a rocky outcrop on the north west tip of Anglesey. Located within the South Stack Cliffs Nature Reserve looked after by the RSPB, the area is teeming with coastal wildlife, and many species of sea bird can be seen on the cliffs around the area.

Cliff faces at South Stack, one of the best places to visit in Anglesey

Cliff faces at South Stack

South Stack Lighthouse is normally open to visitors and access is via 400 steps down the cliffside, which offer fantastic views of the cliff faces and the waves crashing below. Keep an eye out for guillemots, razorbills and even puffins which nest in the area.  Visitors can tour the engine room before having the opportunity to climb to the top of the lighthouse. It’s a truly stunning spot.

South Stack Lighthouse

South Stack Lighthouse

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Take a walk from South Stack to Holyhead Mountain for some great views across the island.

Get your feet in the sand at Treaddur Bay and Rhoscolyn Beach

Heading south from South Stack on Holy Island, there are a number of stunning beaches along the west coast of Anglesey. Treaddur Bay is a quaint seaside resort set within a gorgeous sheltered cove. We took an afternoon autumn stroll along the beach and walked to the water’s edge, imagining how beautiful it would be during the warmer summer months. Treaddur Bay has a number of cafes, bars and restaurants near the beach and ample parking facilities.

Treaddur Bay Beach

Treaddur Bay Beach

To the southern end of Holy Island, we took a detour down many narrow winding roads to reach the spectacular cove of Rhoscolyn Beach.  Heading to the beach from the car park via a short path, the view of the cove opened up before us. And what a view. The curved cove with clear water and gently lapping waves looked idyllic, even on a late winter afternoon. The dramatic rocky coastline protecting the bay, along with the old lifeboat station reflecting in the waters created a perfect coastal scene. A definite return visit is on the cards for the summer months.

Rhoscolyn Beach

Rhoscolyn Beach

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Stop by the popular WHITE EAGLE pub in Rhoscolyn for a drink or some food.

Spend time in Rhosneigr and eat at The Oystercatcher

The west coast of Anglesey provides some of the best dining opportunities on the island. Whether you are looking for a quick bite to eat, or a fine dining experience, there is something to suit all tastes on the island. We stopped at The Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr for a late lunch, and have since returned for dinner.

A modern two storey glazed building with the backdrop of the coastal sand dunes,  THE OYSTER CATCHER  offers a fantastic dining experience. There’s Will’s Bar downstairs, where you can grab a beer, cocktail or wine and dine from the bar menu, or you can choose to eat in the main restaurant upstairs. Their main menu has a range of dishes, with a heavy emphasis on seafood as you would expect. There’s also a daily specials menu of small plates – ideal for a quick and tasty lunch. Unsurprisingly I opted for fish and chips which were delicious.

Fish and Chips at The Oyster Catcher

Fish and Chips at The Oyster Catcher

Living on the coast, I was surprised to have never seen the restaurant’s namesake – the Oystercatcher bird. A common sight (and sound) on the island, the Oystercatcher is a black and white wading bird with a long orange bill and a distinct loud shrill call. With a diet of cockles and mussels, they can be seen on many of the beaches in Anglesey. I’ve seen them closer to home since too!

An Oystercatcher bird in flight

An Oystercatcher bird in flight

Having finished lunch, the mid afternoon winter sun was starting to hang low in the air, so we decided to burn off the calories with a stroll across the expanse of sand dunes to see the beach. Rhosneigr has two award winning beaches with long expanses of sand, backed by tall sand dunes. Perfect for winter walks.

Sand dunes at Rhosneigr beach

Sand dunes at Rhosneigr beach

River passing through the sand dunes at Rhosneigr

River passing through the sand dunes at Rhosneigr

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Spend some time in Rhosneigr, a small seaside village with some great drink spots including CAFE NOTOS for awesome coffee and lunches, or the STARVATION BAR , a great spot for drinks.

See the sunset at Porth Tyn Tywyn beach

I’d been carefully watching the weather forecast during our visit, hoping for one of those dramatic winter sunsets. My plan was to head to Llanddwyn Island, but the sunset had other ideas. Racing from Rhosneigr beach, we headed south watching the orange glow getting brighter in the sky. We stumbled across a car park a couple of miles south of Rhosneigr and took our chances. What seemed like mountainous sand dunes obstructed our views from Broad Beach (Porth Tyn Tywyn), but reaching the top, we were presented with another spectacular expanse of golden sand, with the sun hanging just above the horizon.  It was perfect.

Watching the sunset at Porth Tyn Tywyn beach

Watching the sunset at Porth Tyn Tywyn beach

We strolled along the beach and settled at a rocky outcrop, where we watched the sun sinking slowly behind the horizon. The waves gently crashed against the rocks, throwing sea spray into the fresh winter air. The sky was on fire – bright shades of orange, red and pink reflecting in the waves of the Irish Sea. Aside from a couple of dog walkers, it felt like we had this huge expanse of beautiful Anglesey to ourselves, and it was wonderful.

Stunning sunset scenes on Anglesey

Stunning sunset scenes on Anglesey

Sunset views from the sand dunes

Sunset views from the sand dunes

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Visit SAWNA BACH (Small Sauna) – a bespoke wood fired sauna located in the beach car park, for a unique sauna experience before taking a dip in the sea located across the dunes.

Visit Llanddwyn Island for the best scenery on Anglesey

Arguably the most scenic spot, and one of the most popular places to visit in Anglesey is Llanddwyn Island. Located to the south west of Anglesey, Llanddwyn Island can be accessed by walking from Newborough Beach. It’s an idyllic spot full of history, with gorgeous walking trails and two lighthouses situated at the far end of the island.

TAKE A MORE DETAILED LOOK AT LLANDDWYN ISLAND AND THE WALK FROM NEWBOROUGH BEACH .

he stunning scenery of Llanddwyn Island

The stunning scenery of Llanddwyn Island

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | After leaving Newborough Forest, take a ten minute drive to the ANGLESEY TRANSPORT MUSEUM that has a great little cafe for lunch.

Take the kids to Anglesey Sea Zoo

Back to the Menai Strait and the south of the island, one of the popular places to visit in Anglesey for families is ANGLESEY SEA ZOO . The sea zoo is a great day out and both enjoyable and educational, with more than 40 tanks displaying British marine wildlife. With a heavy focus on conservation (something I always look into prior to visiting animal attractions), Anglesey Sea Zoo runs captive breeding, release, conservation and education programmes. On top this, they also organise regular beach cleans and carry out litter surveys for the Marine Conservation Society.

Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Visit HALEN MON next door, home of the fantastic Anglesey salt. They have a beautiful gift shop and offer tours of the facility with tastings. New for 2023 are seaweed baths in recycled barrels, which sounds like an interesting concept.

See the famous sign at Llanfairpwll Railway Station

I have a confession to make. I’m a born and bred North Wales lad in my mid forties, and 2020 was the first time I have visited the railway station at Llanfairpwllgwyngychgogerychchwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Unsurprisingly, the longest name place in Europe, the railway station attracts a lot of visitors to have their photos taken with the nameplate.

Llanfairpwll Railway Station signage

Llanfairpwll Railway Station

WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Visit the nearby PLAS NEWYDD HOUSE AND GARDENS , a National Trust property on the banks of the Menai Strait.

Visit the perfect viewpoint of Menai Bridge (and visit the town)

With a full loop of the island done, the last of our places to visit in Anglesey is the town of Menai Bridge. On the shores of the Menai Strait, the vibrant town has a great collection of unique independent shops and a popular food scene with a great range of cafes and restaurants. The main focal point of the town though, is the dominating Menai Suspension Bridge which crosses the Strait. The bridge, built by Thomas Telford (who also created the Conwy Suspension Bridge), is the worlds first iron suspension bridge. Opened in 1826, the bridge has a span of almost 600 feet and stands almost 100 feet above the water.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT CONWY AND THE CONWY SUSPENSION BRIDGE

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Menai Suspension Bridge

The A5 road between Llanfairpwll and Menai Bridge provides a fantastic viewpoint of the bridge with the backdrop of the Carneddau mountain range. For a closer view of the iconic structure, the Belgian Promenade in Menai Bridge offers a great vantage point, including a picturesque boat house on the shore. There’s also a pathway that runs directly under the bridge.

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WHILE YOU’RE THERE | Visit the town of Menai Bridge, with its collection of boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs. Take a RIBRIDE from the pier for a high speed thrill ride along the Menai Strait.

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It was good to read this as I’ve been camping on Anglesey at least once a year, sometimes seven or eight times in a season, for the last 25 years and look on it as my ‘second home’ . There are so many lovely places on the island it would be hard for me personally to choose any particular ‘best’ ones to visit so it’s nice to read someone else’s choices. One place I would say is definitely worth a visit is Parys Mountain on a sunny day – several walking trails around the mountain with a derelict (but partially refurbished to provide info about the mountain) windmill at the top, extensive views over much of the island and the different colours of the land are stunning. Also in late August the heather is in full bloom and covers much of the mountain in even more stunning colour. With a couple of lakes and several ponds it’s a photographer’s paradise – I’ve had lots of good shots from up there. If you’ve already been then maybe you could include it in a future post? – if not then I recommend a visit sometime 🙂

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Dylan Jones

I haven’t been to Parys Mountain but it looks fascinating! I’ll add it to the list. Will likely be visiting again this year. Thanks Eunice.

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Julie Evans

Thoroughly enjoyed your tour of Anglesey. Thank you for taking time to share your experience. Many thanks, Julie

Thanks for the comment Julie, I’m glad you enjoyed reading it.

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Robin Lings

Sadly, our first ever visit to Anglesey turned into a ‘seen it, done it, won’t bother again’ experience. We were particularly disappointed in the Oyster Catcher restaurant,. Upon ordering the fish and chips and the fettucine from the main menu, I honestly thought they had made a mistake and given us children’s portions. I got one small fish, a few chips, a very small dish of mushy peas and some tartar sauce – at the huge price of £19! (I’ve never paid more than £13.95 for fish and chips in any restaurant before then!) The fish I got in Wales was twice the size at half the cost! Similarly, my wife’s fettuccine contained 3 shrimps and some fettucine in a sauce on a fairly small plate – ridiculously priced at £26! Had I had more nerve, I would have refused the meals and left. Total bill for the above plus an alcohol free bottle of lager with a dash of lemonade, a lemon and lime soft drink and one coffee was over £60! As for the rest of the island, I would suggest visiting Anglesey BEFORE the Isle of Wight, otherwise you will be disappointed!

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11 Awesome Things To Do in Anglesey Wales

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While this piece of Wales gets skipped over, I think there are some awesome things to do in Anglesey.

Personally, some of my favorite experiences from my time in Wales were on this “barely an island” island.

It has a lovely coastline dotted with seaside hamlets, beaches and bays as well as a lovely pastoral interior dotted with sheep, ruins, and paths made for walking and cycling. 

I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.

So let’s start with the where because I know you may not know where this under visited piece of Wales is.

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Where is Anglesey and why is it “barely an island”?

So when you look at this map and see Wales, you can see that Anglesey is the far northwest piece.

At first glance, it looks as though it’s attached to the rest of Wales.

But when you look closely you’ll see that the narrow Menai Strait cuts Anglesey off from the mainland.

So technically it is an island.

It is connected by 2 bridges, one of which we’ll be talking about.

There’s no need for taking a ferry to get to it. 

So, while it’s an island, Anglesey is very accessible from mainland Wales.

One thing to note is that the ferry port of Holyhead is located on Anglesey.

This makes Anglesey very important as ferries cross between Ireland and the UK as this is one of the shorter sea routes.

11 Awesome things to do in Anglesey

There are definitely more than 11 amazing things to do in Anglesey .

I was surprised by all that is here.

One thing I’ll note is that Anglesey is quite popular with many English folks who come to the seaside towns on holiday.

You’ll find people from the Liverpool area definitely make the short drive to Anglesey.

So let’s get on with the list!

Take a boat trip around Puffin Island with Seacoast Safaris to look for birds (yes puffins!), seals and dolphins

This was actually one of the first things I did when I visited my friend who was living in Menai Bridge.

She said she wanted to take me out on this cruise around Puffin Island and I said, “Sure. That sounds great!”

Seacoast Safaris is located at the Beaumaris Pier so you can do another of my awesome things to do in Anglesey after your cruise around Puffin Island.

This is an amazing boat trip. 

They take you out on a small-ish boat (35-45 people) to Puffin Island and cruise you around it.

You’ll see lots of birds — hopefully including puffins — as well as sea lions, dolphins and porpoises if you get lucky.

It’s not a guarantee.

But seeing Anglesey and the mainland of Wales from Menai Strait is also a treat.

There is a Menai Strait tour as well that will take you toward the Menai Bridge (see further down the list).

Or you can do both Puffin Island and the Menai Strait tour.

My advice is not to miss Puffin Island. 

While you don’t get to actually visit the island, the cruise around it is well worth the £15. 

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Stroll through the beautiful seaside town of Beaumaris, tour its castle and have tapas and wine at The Midland Tapas and Wine Bar

So after a cruise you can then visit the Beaumaris Castle which I did not do. 

I did walk around it but did not actually take a tour of it. 

But from what I hear it’s a fabulous castle to visit. 

There are a lot of castles in North Wales!

After your castle visit, stroll around the beautiful, colorful Beaumaris.

It’s not very big but quite charming with its pastel colored buildings and waterfront.

Once you’ve built up a good appetite stop into The Midland Tapas and Wine Bar for some delicious tapas and a glass of tasty wine.

When you’re finished eating and drinking, walk around a bit more, soaking up the views.

Beaumaris is an enchanting town so spending time here is one of the best things to do in Anglesey.

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Join me on facebook, visit red wharf bay for some bird watching and beachcombing then eat and drink at the ship inn.

I’m not sure I would have found this destination if my friend hadn’t suggested it.

Walking along the beach at Red Wharf Bay and watching the birds is an awesome thing to do in Anglesey.

I couldn’t believe all the birds that were wading in the shallow water.

I was going crazy with my camera!

Then when you look closer you’ll notice all the sea life on the beach and the shallow pools. 

Low tide is the time to explore.

This is a fun place for curious adults and children.

If low tide times out so you can have dinner at the Ship Inn even better.

This pub/restaurant is located right along the water so you can sit outside in good weather or cozy up inside if the weather is decidedly Welsh.

The food is warming and tasty AND they have a fabulous selection of whiskey!

Exploring Red Wharf Bay is one of the best things to do in Anglesey for sure.

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Look for sea glass on the small rocky beach at Moelfre 

I realize that not everyone is going to be into this 4th amazing experience in Anglesey.

But bear with me.

First of all Moelfre is a lovely little seaside village.

So even if searching for sea glass is not your thing, do stop by as there are some wonderful views out to sea.

However if you want to find some cool sea glass, then spend some time combing through the rocks on the beach.

My friend and I found quite a bit.

I was actually looking for a friend of mine back home but was happy to do so.

It was like being on a treasure hunt.

And, because we were there at sunset, we were rewarded with an eerie scene as the fog built up on the sea.

The image of the sailboat is one of my favorite images from Anglesey.

So for me it was a win-win.

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Watch the sun go down at Rhosneigr

One of the most awesome things to do in Anglesey is to watch a sunset.

There are quite a few spots on the western part of the island where this is possible.

My friend wanted to take me to Rhosneigr.

And it was gorgeous — and really special.

Rhosneigr is another of the small seaside villages that attracts folks looking for some beach time.

We walked the beach and watched as the sun began to go down.

The warm light filled the sky and danced on the water and the rocks.

People sat in their beach chairs, taking in the beautiful scene before them.

One of my absolute favorite memories of Anglesey.

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Stop in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch and take a picture of the sign

So this comes in as a kind of trivial or silly thing to do, but my friend and I stopped here in the town with the longest name in the UK as well as the longest named town in Europe. 

While a town in New Zealand has the record for the longest named town in the world, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch comes in 2nd place. 

Not too shabby.

There’s not much to do here in the way of sites, but it’s a nice, typical little Welsh town with about 3000 residents that you may want to wander about a bit.

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Marvel at the engineering of the Menai Suspension Bridge 

It’s hard not to be in awe of the Menai Bridge that crosses over the Menai Strait, connecting Anglesey to the mainland of Wales.

This is definitely one of the most awesome things to do in Anglesey.

There are some views of the bridge from the road between Menai Bridge Town and Beaumaris. 

And even from the town of Menai Bridge you’ll find spots to get some great pics of it.

The bridge was built in the early 1800’s and was completed on January 30, 1826.

Menai Bridge was the largest suspension bridge in the world at the time, so it was considered to be an amazing civil engineering work.

There are 16 massive 579-foot-long chains holding the bridge 100 feet above the sea allowing boats to sail under it. 

It really is a marvelous part of Anglesey.

Menai Bridge

Check out Church Island

Actually this little island makes a nice walk from the town of Menai Bridge.

Walk along Beach Road, passing under Menai Suspension Bridge. 

You’ll pick up a nice footpath that takes you along the waters of Menai Strait. 

And there you’ll find Church Island.

It’s connected to the mainland by a wee bit of earth so no worries getting to it. 

And, true to its name, there is an old church, St Tysilio’s Church, on it. 

There is also a cemetery which should not come as a surprise as that’s how things roll in the British Isles. 

Where there is a church, there is an adjacent cemetery.

I found the cemetery to be really interesting with all the slate headstones. 

North Wales is known for its slate, so this is very common.

There is a really cool old tree too that would have been really spooky if the weather had been overcast and misty instead of blue skies and sunshine. 

This is one of those awesome things to do in Anglesey that I probably wouldn’t have found without my friend saying, “I thought I’d take you to Church Island.” 

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Explore Penmon Priory and Dovecote and St. Seiriol’s Well

There’s a bit here to explore with the priory, the dovecote and the well.

Some of Penmon is ruins and some is still intact.

It’s thought that this area was once a monastery founded by St Seiriol back in the 6th century.

That’s where the well comes in.

It’s thought the waters of this well have healing properties.

There is an old cross that you’ll find inside the church that dates back to the 10th century.

It’s pretty impressive with its carvings. 

The dovecote is one of the more interesting pieces of this site as it is quite large. 

While built much later, in the 1600’s, its huge domed roof provided room for up to 1000 nests for pigeons and doves.

It was an important source of meat and eggs. 

Inside the vaulted dome is a stone pillar that is 37m high. 

This stone pillar would have supported a revolving ladder used to reach the nests lining the walls.

It’s definitely a site worthy of some time.

Plus the grounds are lovely with lots of foliage. 

Another awesome thing to do in Anglesey!

awesome things to do in Anglesey

Walk out to Penmon Lighthouse (and notice all the sea life around you) 

I could have added this onto the above.

However if you aren’t into the historic sites but want more time by the sea, then you might just want to make the drive out to Penmon Point.

Then you can walk out to the lighthouse that you’ll see on your Puffin Island cruise.

The views are fantastic and it’s quite simply a peaceful and beautiful spot.

There is a cafe out at the point as well if you want a bite to eat or a beverage to warm you up.

Take note of all the seaweed around you and all the little pools of sea water with all the sea life in them. 

You’ll see a lot of gulls and other birds having a bite to eat!

One thing that I love about a place like this is how the smell stays with you — the smell of the sea.

Don’t miss this awesome site in Anglesey. 

awesome things to do in Anglesey

Wander around the town of Menai Bridge and end with a meal at Dylan’s Menai Bridge with its wonderful waterside location

The town of Menai Bridge is quite small but it’s big enough to have a post office, some good restaurants and choices for places to stay. 

Of course, the best thing about Menai Bridge, in my opinion, is the location along the Menai Strait.

It’s such a fabulous location with views to the water then over the mainland of Wales with the mountains of Snowdonia National Park in the distance. 

After you’ve wandered through town and down along the water, stop into Dylan’s for some tasty food.

This restaurant is right along the strait so you can get those magnificent views as you eat some delicious food.

Dylan’s has a diverse menu with seafood, steak, pizza, chicken, burgers and vegetarian options.

Definitely something for everyone.

One more awesome thing to do in Anglesey!

Menai Bridge Town

There are many more awesome things to do in Anglesey

I cannot believe some of the amazeball things I missed during my time here.

But I also wanted to spend time around Snowdonia and other parts of North Wales and I also just wanted to be with my friend. 

As I wrote this post I kept thinking about how I’d love to go back to explore a bit deeper.

Here is a list of all the things I missed, but that you may want to include on your list.

There is a lot to do!!

  • Anglesey Coastal Path — a long distance trail at 200km that passes through landscape that includes a mixture of farmland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-marsh, foreshore, cliffs and a few small pockets of woodland.
  • Llanddwyn Island — an outcrop (not a true island) extending from the mainland of Anglesey that is simply stunning (I’m sorry I missed this)
  • South Stack Lighthouse — you might catch a glimpse of this if you happen to ferry over from Ireland like I did, but it’s worth spending some time out in the Holyhead area to take in this lighthouse and the sea cliffs and the views, of course
  • Plas Newydd House and Gardens — a National Trust property that lies along the Menai Strait down the road from Menai Bridge, looks gorgeous
  • RSPB Valley Wetlands (between Rhosneigr and Holyhead) — the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has a beautiful spot here for birdwatchers
  • Cemlyn North Wales Wildlife Trust Reserve — a nature reserve to the northwest along the coast that looks fab
  • Barclodiad y Gawres — a neolithic burial chamber kind of like places like Newgrange or Knowth in Ireland
  • Bryn Celli Ddu — another neolithic site that was a henge and is now a burial mound/chamber that lights up on summer solstice
  • Beaches and more beaches — there are quite a few beaches — aside from Rhosneigr —  such as Lligwy, Llanddona, Llanddwyn, Mawr and so many more

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What an incredible list. I was hooked on the puffins, then tapas and wine, and it kept getting better. I’ve seen some amazing creations of sea glass artists (I have several in my garden) and hunting for sea glass would be an enjoyable activity while getting some exercise in beautiful surroundings. Thank you for such a comprehensive post.

The sea glass treasure hunt was fun. Anglesey really is special for many reasons!

So many cool things to do on the island of Anglesey, Wales. Would especially like to take that tour to see the puffins! Great travel guide!

It was definitely a cool tour!

I’ve been to Beaumaris Castle! It was one of the many stops on my castle road trip around northern Wales – it’s such a pretty area to drive around.

There are a lot of castles in North Wales.

Anglesey is definitely a beautiful area. I’ve been there a few times but I really need to explore it properly. I definitely need to do the Puffin Island tour, that’s been on my list for a while now.

It’s really a beautiful place.

So much to do on this little Island! I’d love to see the puffins, something we don’t have in CA.

I got lucky to see a couple.

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