Visit Anglesey – things to do, places to stay and countryside walks

Beaches, coast paths, natures reserves and ancient monuments – this must-see island set adrift from mainland Wales is the perfect holiday destination whatever the season. Here is our Anglesey guide on things to do, places to stay and a selection of the best coastal walks 

7th August 2017
Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

Covering an area of 276 square miles, Anglesey is the largest island in Wales. It also has the second highest island-population in Britain, yet with such a vast number of beaches, footpaths, forests and lakes, you don’t have to look far to discover your own slice of peace and solitude.

The island is peppered with magnificent standing stones, revealing striking proof of prehistoric human inhabitation, while the discovery of coins and ornaments in recent centuries exposed evidence of Iron Age and Roman activity. 

The beauty of the landscape and its wildlife, along with the island’s exciting and extensive history, makes this far-flung corner of Wales the perfect getaway destination. And with a range of lively villages and towns, including the notable Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch town – you will discover a rich and vibrant culture to match.

Things to do in Anglesey

1. Newborough Warren, Anglesey

Newborough Warren, Anglesey

With its vast seascape and extensive views of the Snowdonia peaks, Llanddwyn beach, on the south coast of Anglesey, is an ideal spot for a family picnic. Add a little exploration to discover its wildlife, and you have the perfect day out. Find out more.

2. Cemaes, Anglesey

North Wen, Anglesey

Discover rocky shores, old churches and the most northerly village in Wales with a five-mile loop walk along the Anglesey coast. Find out more.

3. Day out: Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey

Roam a tranquil corner of an ancient Celtic land, now a seaside haven protected by a mighty fortress. Then head north to striking Penmon point for views across the Irish Sea to a lonely lighthouse and Puffin Island. Find out more.

Five places to stay

1. Chateau Rhiafa

An opulent fairytale chateau with stunning views across the Menai Straight to mainland Wales and the Snowdonia National Park. This grade II-listed building, built in 1849, is the perfect lodging for a special occasion.

2. Wichingham B and B

A clean, friendly and comfortable guest house set in the north of Holyhead, the island’s largest town. A great location for accessing local beaches, pubs and the Anglesey Coast Path.

Holyhead beach
Holyhead beach on the western shores of Anglesey 
3. South Stack Coastal Retreats

A collection of country houses, guest rooms and cottages set within the grounds of an elegant, early 20th-century Arts and Crafts House. There are breathtaking views out to sea and across to Snowdonia, while closer to home lies Trearddur Bay beach and South Stack Lighthouse.

4. Penrhyn Bay Caravan Park

Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the west coast of the island, this beautifully located caravan park is the perfect holiday retreat for families. Spend the day at the Anglesey Sea Zoo or Pili Palas  nature world, then stroll down to the sweeping sands of Penrhyn Bay and watch the sun sink down.

5. Anglesey Yurts

Set within the secluded orchard on a traditional smallholding in north-west Anglesey, this luxury campsite provides the perfect base for adventurers. After a day of exploration, head back to your yurt and relax in a hammock beside the fire pit.  

Top 10 Attractions

From the famous Menai Suspension Bridge to Copper mines and the Anglesey Coast Path, there are plenty of unmissable monuments, towns and landscapes to see while you're on the island – here's our top 10.

Menai Suspension Bridge
Menai Suspension Bridge – the gateway to Anglesey

 

Find out more useful information at Visit Anglesey

 

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