1. Menai Suspension Bridge
No visit to Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh) is complete without a trip across the Menai Suspension Bridge. Not only is it a piece of construction that defies belief, but it’s also one of the only ways of getting onto the island. The bridge, designed by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826, was the first modern suspension bridge in the world. Nowadays, there is a heritage centre that explains the story of both bridges (Robert Stevenson’s 1850 Britannia bridge is downstream and also fairly hard to miss).
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2. Llanddwyn Island
Grab your camera or a smartphone and head to Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn in Welsh) for one of the most picturesque views Anglesey has to offer. Saint Dynwen, the Welsh patron saint for lovers, lived in the now-ruined church from the 5th century. When the tide is at its highest, Llandwyn is cut off from the mainland.
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3. Copper Kingdom
Once upon a time, the copper mine in nearby Amlwch was the largest in the world, and with that size came a population of more than 10,000 people – quite impressive for the 1800s. Copper and other minerals were mined here for nearly four thousand years, and the Copper Kingdom museum sheds light on this rich part of the history of Anglesey. On a clear day, the mines are spectacular, too.
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4. Plas Newydd Country House
Plas Newydd is under National Trust ownership now, but it used to belong to a very important person: the Marquess of Anglesey. Importance commands a good view, so the views from the house and extensive grounds are beautiful, taking in the Menai Strait and the mountains of Snowdonia. It also contains Rex Whistler’s enormous fairytale landscape mural and a military museum, which includes the world’s first prosthetic leg – the Marquess lost a leg fighting alongside Wellington at Waterloo.
Photo: Waterborough - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0. Wikimedia Commons.
5. Dingle Nature Reserve
Promising views of kingfishers and woodpeckers, Dingle Nature Reserve is the place to come to see some of Anglesey’s most revered wildlife. If you don’t manage to catch a glimpse of the blue flash of the kingfisher, there is still plenty more to spot, including lizards, dragonflies and even perhaps a red squirrel or two. Bridges and walkways cross the 25-acre reserve to make access as easy as possible.
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6. Anglesey Coast Path
The coast path that flanks the island might be two hundred kilometres long, but keep reading, because you don’t have to walk it all at once. With dramatic cliffs on the northern side of the island, sandy dunes on the west coast, and stunning coves and beaches on the Menai Strait the path makes for a perfect day out.
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7. South Stack Cliff Reserve
Sticking with the coast path, South Stack provides dramatic views of the cliffs and Dublin across the Irish Sea. Here, you’ll see a vast array of bird species, such as guillemots and razorbills, and it won’t be long before you start playing spot-the-puffin. Gaze out to sea and if you’re lucky you might also spot dolphins and porpoises.
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8. Go to the beach!
Anglesey has a variety of beaches to choose from, all of them different in appearance and size. Six of them are blue flag beaches, and one of the very best is Lligwy beach, with its wide expanse of golden sand. From here, you might spot seals and dolphins, either from the beach or from the café, which was once claimed to be up there with the best in the country. There are rock pools to explore as well, so it’s a hit with families.
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9. Beaumaris Castle
VisitWales highlight the innovations and the ‘devilish imagination’ that went into the construction of Beaumaris castle. Led by Edward I in the 13th century, the castle was never finished, but remains a World Heritage site for all to enjoy. Beaumaris themselves call it ‘the most technically perfect castle in Britain.’ It’s got a breath-taking backdrop, too.
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10. Llanfair PG
Or, to give it the full title, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. Phew, what a mouthful. Every year, thousands of tourists try and pronounce Europe’s longest place name – all 58 letters of it. Because of that, it’s arguably Anglesey’s most famous town, and therefore worth a visit. It’s worth a visit if you’re a Welsh speaker too, if only to hear everyone struggling to pronounce such an easy word.
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Don't forget to tune into this week's episode of Countryfile, as Anita Rani will be navigating the notorious Menai Strait and meeting the fisherman who bought an island.
BBC One, Sunday 11 September at 19:00. For a sneak peak, visit: www.countryfile.com/article/countryfile-tv-show/explore-anglesey-week-countryfile
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