There’s such a lot for you to do on Anglesey you’re not going to squeeze it all into a single day. But we’ve rounded up some brilliant suggestions, so you can pick and choose the ones that really take your fancy, which will set you up to really make the most of your day trip to Anglesey.
It’s a place steeped in myth and legend, and Celtic folklore suggests the Roman invaders of 60AD were scared to death by Anglesey’s terrifying Celtic druids. Be rest assured that visitors today will receive a much warmer welcome!
The Menai suspension bridge is hard to miss when you travel to Anglesey. Built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826, it was the first modern suspension bridge ever built – in the world.
Historically it is of huge significance, as prior to its construction cattle farmers had to persuade their herds to swim across the narrow stretch of shallow tidal water separating the island of Anglesey from the mainland of Wales – the Menai Strait – to get market.
For the Walkers
With 125 miles of coastal path on the island, it’s a haven for walkers and boasts points of interest for everyone – whether you’re a geologist, archaeologist, historian or bird watcher.
Here there is one of the largest collections of ancient sites in Britain, a variety of rare birds to spot, and notable historical figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Charles Dickens visited the island.
Copper mining was once big business on Anglesey, and the town of Amlwch previously featured the largest copper mine in the world. In the late 1800s nearly 10,000 people lived and worked in Amlwch, which at the time was roughly half the population of New York!
The unique landscape of Parys Mountain, where the mining was carried out, is well worth a visit to explore the mine’s industrial workings. A favourite walk for visitors is along the coast from Point Lynas to Amlwch Port, and it’s from here that copper was exported all over the world.
Beyond its mining traditions Amlwch also offers visitors a wide range of activities, such as a visit to the local railway museum, and you won’t have far to travel far for a game of golf at the Bull Bay golf club, or to go out fishing from various locations.
You’ll also find a range of local bars and shops in Amlwch, and there’s a local market in the village every Friday.
Anglesey’s South Stack Lighthouse is a magnet for bird watching enthusiasts who can walk to this bracing outpost and be treated to rare sights such as puffins, or one of the rare breeding pairs of choughs that live here. You’ll also spot colonies of guillemots and razorbills clinging to the cliffs.
Plas Newydd is a National Trust house on the shore of the Menai Strait and dates back to the 18th century. Set in breathtakingly beautiful scenery, it is famous for its Rex Whistler association and is not only houses the largest exhibition of his works, but his exquisite romantic mural. The mansion is also home to a military museum, exhibiting relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo.
Outside the house is a beautiful garden and Australasian arboretum to enjoy, an Italianate-style summer terrace, and a woodland walk through the rhododendron garden.
Great Unfinished Masterpiece
Beaumaris Castle is the last great castle built under Edward I in the 13th century, but it was never completed. The English monarch wanted to assert his authority over the Welsh, but his money and supplies ran dry before completion.
It is, nevertheless, a magnificent sight to see and is a designated a World Heritage site. Construction began in 1295, and in architectural terms Beaumaris is regarded as the most technically perfect castle in Britain.
Held on the third Saturday of each month the Anglesey Farmers’ Market is a foodie’s delight. Here you can buy mouth-wateringly delicious Welsh Black beef and freshly caught crab, as well as a range of handmade cheeses.
Dingle Nature Reserve
A woodland walk in the Dingle allows you to explore a real hidden gem. It’s an ancient 25-acre wooded valley which is carpeted with bluebells in the spring and has various bridges and walkways to improve accessibility. There are also picnic tables for you to use – so remember to pack your sandwiches!
Kingfishers, woodpeckers and moorhens frequent this part of Anglesey, so be sure to bring your binoculars.
With six Blue Flag beaches on Anglesey and seven others which have won a Seaside Award, you’re spoiled for the choice of great beaches here.
Lligwy Bay is a sheltered bay on the North East of Anglesey, and a place that offers regular sightings of seals and dolphins. It was also named one of the 10 Best Picnic Spots in Britain by Coast magazine.
When you return to the mainland you’ll want to visit more beauty spots in Wales. Read our blog about other things to do in the region:
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