Anglesey is the largest island in Wales. Easily accessed by two bridges, it is an island steeped in history with a wealth of things to do and places to see. The puffins and seals make this a wildlife haven as do the many blue flag beaches. A fantastic selection of shops, cafes and award-winning restaurants combined with the formidable Beaumaris Castle and fantastic legends make it a great holiday destination. Here is our guide on things to do in Anglesey 2018:
It is said to be the most technically perfect castle in Great Britain and has few that rival it. Set in the town of Beaumaris, it is certainly a must visit when in Anglesey.
SOUTH STACK LIGHTHOUSE
South Stack Lighthouse is situated on a small island, just off the coast of Holyhead on the North coast of Anglesey. Built in 1809 it is still in use today. Make your way down the 365 steps to get to the lighthouse and see how it worked in the past and how it was built… including those steps down to it.
Plas Newydd is the ancestral home to the Marquess of Anglesey. Along with an incredible military museum showing uniforms from the Battle of Waterloo, you will also have the chance to see the famous Rex Whistler painting which is the largest canvas painting in the UK.
Whether you want to explore the Menai Straits at high speeds, take on the swells and whirlpools or a look around the islands to see the puffins and seals it is a great experience.
ANGLESEY RACE CIRCUIT
Along with the monthly spectator events run at the circuit, there are also car, bike and rally track days as well as driving experiences. A beautiful location set on the coast of the Irish Sea with the Snowdonia mountains as a backdrop.
ANGLESEY SEA ZOO
The Anglesey Sea Zoo is a popular destination for those with younger ones in tow. There are over 40 tanks showing sea-life from around the UK coastline, including octopuses, lobsters and seahorses. A cafe and gift shop are on site and make for a lovely day out.
Just outside Menai Bridge, Cadant Gardens are said to be one of Wales’ best kept secrets. Incorporating three gardens in one, there is a walled garden, a valley garden which includes three waterfalls and finally the upper woodland garden.
Another great hit with the younger ones, Pili Palas is a nature world with tropical butterflies and waterfalls alongside creepy crawlies including snakes and tarantulas and a farm section with rabbits and guinea pigs.
Penmon Point is a beach on the far east coast of Anglesey. It’s not a deck chair and ice-cream affair, it has a rugged, end of the earth type of feel to it. The Pilot House Cafe is situated on the beach and has great views of The Trwyn Du Lighthouse and Puffin Island.
Angelsey is a great place for coasteering with its rugged coastline. Anglesey Adventures offer a couple of fantastic coasteering days – a full day of high adrenalin and adventure.
Llynnon Mill is the only working windmill in Wales producing stoneground wholemeal flour. There are two Iron Age round houses on the site and so it’s a great place to go for a throw back into history. There is a cafe and gift shop.
It’s the Welsh village with the second longest name in the world! If you are on Anglesey, you should make the effort to visit this town and if you can get your selfie or photo opportunity by the village name, then so much the better!!!
There are plenty of beaches on Anglesey and it’s hard to decide which ones to go to. Here are five that we would recommend you visit for a good beach day:
NEWBOROUGH is a lovely, expansive sandy beach that leads onto Llanddwyn Island at low tide. A drive through the beautiful Newborough forest brings you to a large carpark where you will find toilet facilities and an icecream van in the afternoon.
LLIGWY on the east coast is a great family beach. A wide expanse of beach, it is perfect for a day on the beach and has a toilet, carpark and shop nearby. It is also good for watersports.
RHOSNEIGR is a popular sandy beach and where you can do a number of watersports including surfing, snorkeling and kayaking
ABERFFRAW is sandy beach on the west coast. It is quite an open beach and backs onto Aberffraw village where you will find some cafes and shops.
CHURCH BAY is a pebble beach and good for swimming, fishing and sailing. There is a restaurant here famous for its lobster.
THE FFESTINIOG AND WELSH HIGHLAND STEAM TRAIN starts in Caernarfon, taking you through the mountains to Porthmadog and then upto Blaenau Ffestiniog offering glorious views and an insight into the past.
PORTMEIRION VILLAGE is a little piece of the ‘Italian Riviera’ in Wales created by Clough Williams-Ellis during the earlier part of the 1900’s. A visit here transports you to a fantasy world of beautiful buildings and gardens. Famous for its filming of the Prisoner in the 60’s, it now welcomes visitors from all over the world. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the village along with gift shops and a shop for their famous Portmeirion dinner service. There is a private beach that visitors can enjoy.
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- Blaenau Ffestiniog is where you will find Bounce Below (an underground trampoline experience), Zip World Caverns (an incredible, underground exploring activity) and Titan (first 4 people zip line).
- Conwy Valley is home to Zip Safari (a series of 23 zip lines through the trees), Plummet (jump from a 100ft tower), Skyride (Europe’s highest 5 seater swing), Treetop Nets (nets suspended in trees 60ft above the ground to run around in), Fforest Coaster (an alpine coaster that runs through the forest at exhilarating speeds) and Tree Hoppers (a woodland experience for younger ones).
- Bangor is where you will find Velocity (the fastest zipline in the world and the longest in Europe).
SURF SNOWDONIA is an artificial surfing lagoon where they create continuous and perfect waves. Great for beginners and those who are looking to improve as there is no waiting around for the next set of waves. There is also a total wipeout waterwall, the ‘blob’ which will see you flying in the air, a soft play centre, a skate ramp and a couple of onsite restaurants/cafes
THE NATIONAL WHITE WATER CENTRE on the river Tryweryn in Bala offers one of the best places in the country to white water raft. The water levels are dam-controlled meaning its rapids still thunder down the river during the summer months so you will never be disappointed by the conditions.
The walks in the surrounding area are both incredible and numerous. Mud and Routes is a great resource to use if you are looking for inspiration as to where to go: MUD AND ROUTES.
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If you love a treasure hunt, you’ll be pleased to know that there are lots of geocaches hidden around the area. Children love these and so if you’re having trouble convincing them that a walk is good fun, this could be your answer!
Anglesey lends itself to cycling and there are so many routes to take that all offer incredible scenery. Two of the UK’s nine cycle routes are found on Anglesey: The Lôn Las Copr (AKA NCN 566) is a 36 mile circular route connecting the North East of the Island. Alternatively, the Lôn Las Cefni is a 13 mile traffic free path that is perfect for a family bike ride.
CYBI BIKES is a new bike hire company that has a total of 7 hubs around the island that you can hire bikes from.
WHERE TO EAT OUT
THE OYSTER CATCHER in Rhosneigr is an award-winning beachside destination. A stunning building in a stunning location offering a good bistro / pub menu.
THE BULL in Beaumaris has both a formal and informal restaurant. Set in a lovely old building on the straits, it does a great brasserie / pub menu.
THE WHITE EAGLE in Rhoscolyn is a very popular hotspot. On the beach, a relaxed atmosphere and a great pub style menu – what more can you ask for.
THE SEACROFT in Treaddur Bay is a modern environment with great views of the beach. Again, great pub menu and a friendly atmosphere.
THE GAERWEN ARMS in Gaerwen is a traditional pub set inland. A lovely setting and fantastic, wholesome and perfectly cooked food.
DYLANS in Menai Bridge offers seafood and pizza. Amazing food, fab atmosphere and certainly a place to visit when you are here.
THE MIDLAND in Beaumaris offers modern Tapas with a focus on seafood alongside fine wines. Great modern interiors and friendly atmosphere make this a great evening out.
THE BLACK SEAL in Treaddur Bay offers contemporary, British cuisine based on the beach – a stunning location in a really modern environment.
CATCH 22 in Valley is a contemporary restaurant with a touch of Mediterranean in the menu. A modern but relaxed environment and open all day every day so you can have coffee and brunch during the day or a 3 course meal with fine wine in the evening.
MARRAM GRASS in Newborough has a menu based on local produce. Set in an old shed, it is full of character and they offer some great menu options including an 8-course taster menu.
There are a couple of places that are individual in their own right…
THE SOSPAN AND OLD BUTCHERS offers a totally unique dining experience. In their own words: “We create a series of dishes using the best locally sourced produce available to us on the day providing a unique culinary journey not found anywhere else” There is a 6 week waiting list, so if you want to eat here, you need to book way in advance.
THE BOATHOUSE DINNER is a pop-up restaurant in Treaddur Bay bought by the wonderful NEST based in Hackney, London. Running for 2 weeks in August, you will want to book a table now.
THE WAVE CREST CAFE in Church Bay, Holyhead is all about homemade food.
BEAU’S TEAROOMS in Beaumaris is the quintessential tea room offering great cakes and light lunches.
BANC CAFE BISTRO is Caemes Bay is known for its breakfast, proper coffee, great cakes and good lunches.
HARRI’S PORTUGUESE KITCHEN in Menai Bridge offers homemade custard tarts Portuguese style and have really good coffee. It is a restaurant specialising in Portuguese food in the evening.
SIWGWR LWUP in Moelfre is a relaxed cafe offering, cakes, ice cream and great sandwiches and baguettes.
THE BORING BUT IMPORTANT INFO
Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital, Bangor
Tel: 01248 384384 (accident and emergency)
Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley Hospital, Holyhead
Tel: 01407 766000 (minor accidents)
There are plenty of big supermarkets on the island including Waitrose, Lidl, Asda, Aldi and Co-op
- Both Virgin and Arriva Trains travels to Holyhead: