There are many reasons that people visit Anglesey, one of the main ones is the depth and scope of the natural beauty and abundance here. Having lived here for many years, I can attest to this, from the diverse marine life, to the wildlife and the bird life, it is spoilt with all things natural. It’s also on the doorstep of the Snowdonia national park and some of the amazing coast stretching all along the Llyn Peninsula. The island of Anglesey has a little bit of something for all types of visitors.
It has the highest concentration of stone circles and megaliths anywhere in Europe, amazing light houses, blue flag beaches that will make you wonder you ever left the UK and locally sourced organic food that will melt your heart as well as your mouth, among many other things.
There is an abundance of attractions for visitors here and we will make a short list the some of top things to do in Anglesey on your stay. Not everything should cost to visit, thats why we prioritise most of the attractions in the list are free, with just parking charges to pay. Enjoy and we hope it’s useful for your stay.
From sunny days to blustery, rainy days, South Stack Lighthouse is a must visit for anyone touring Anglesey. Positioned on a cut off sea stack, the lighthouse overlooks the sea and has provided ships a beacon of light for many a year. The views for the part of holyhead mountain you drive to are spectacular in itself. There is a RSPB station up high on the cliffs overlooking the seabirds there.
*Locals tip : my family where lighthouse keepers here for 4 generations and its a very special place. The 300+ steps that wind their way down all the way to the shore are super cool. Check out the geology done there..
Cost:5.80 for adults and 3.50 for children
The Menai Strait is an amazing stretch of beautiful water with beautiful views on either side. One of the most amazing parts of the strait is the Menai Suspension Bridge that crosses over the water from mainland Wales over to the island. and It the first modern suspension bridge of its time. Stop by and take a look. Don’t forget to cross the bridge by car to get the full experience and then walk under it too (see below).
*Locals tip : You can walk underneath the bridge and look right up at it, there is a road next to the Anglesey arms hotel that leads down there. You could also see the bridge by boat with Ribride in Menai Bridge
At about 200 km long, The Anglesey Coastal Path is a long walk around the coast of the island of Anglesey that take sin some of the most diverse nature anywhere you will have ever seen. On the path you can tour various sights such as the suspension bridge and South Stack Lighthouse already mentioned in this article. If you aren’t prepared for a long trek, we recommend taking several days to walk the different sections of the path.
*Locals tip : You could walk the section of the coastal path that circumnavigates Holy island if the full section of the Anglesey coastal path is too much
Beaumaris Castle is heralded as one of the most perfect castles in all of the UK. The castle was one of the biggest and most hi-tech made at the time. The whole population of Llanfaes was forcibly moved to the area of “Newborough” ensure enough room for the large castle. It sits on the shoreline of the Menai strait and over looking the mountains of Snowdonia on the other side of the water.
*Locals tip, head down the pier for a stroll with your craving lines.
Cost:6.50 for adults, 19.30 for family, 4.20 for students and seniors
Ever thought about visiting the location that holds the longest name in all of Europe? Well you should. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, or Llanfair for short, is a beautiful town with many different sights to see from old buildings to beautiful nature. Many people visit just for the name itself!
*Locals tip, there is an amazing climbing wall called the Indy climbing wall in the village, go and check it out.
Newborough Beach is often considered to be the best kept secret on all of Anglesey. It is a portion of beach that is almost completely natural. Walking along the shore it is hard to believe that you aren’t back in days before technology. Expect to see amazing views of pine clad forests meeting white sands and blue lapping waters.
*Locals tip : head over to LLandwyn island and check out the amazing peninsular that juts out with its pilothouse cottages.
Cost: £4 for parking
Another beautiful beach on Anglesey is the Benllech Beach. It has smooth sandy beaches that run for miles, and award winning blue flag clean bathing waters. The beach won the 2004 European Blue Flag award. The beach can be packed as there are also amenities such as a seaside shops, food and lots of space, so set off early on hot days!
*Locals tip : See our blog on the Coastal town of Benllech
Once a large quarry, Holyhead Breakwater Country Park is the home to a beautiful outdoor nature park. You can walk and hike through plenty of land. The website has a trail map available on it. You can also stop by the North Wales Wildlife Trust’s Kiosk to get refreshments and the money benefits the park and protecting wildlife around North Wales.
* Local tip : Head over to the breakwater and take a walk along with it with your fishing rods.
If you like wildlife and history, then The Dingle Nature Reserve is the place to go. The area is a 10 hectare reserve based on the edge of Llyn Cefni / Sefni Reservior in a valley that is full of the winding river Cefni, trees, plants, wildlife, and beautiful scenery. Traveling around the reserve is quite tranquil away form the hustle and bustle (if you consider the quite towns of Anglesey hustle and bustle!) Many people would call it perfect.
*Locals tip : Keep an eye our for fly fisherman catching trout on the rivers here, they are full of fish!
Parys Mountain, also known as part of the Copper Kingdom, is an old copper mine that rests on the side of a mountain on the north east side of Anglesey. One of the biggest copper mines in the world at one point, it was a big operation where ships would come form all over the world to collect the extracted minerals. You can walk around the surface and see the uniquely colored landscape of the mines and even see how they went about excavating the area. If you want to get even more out of your tour, visit the Copper Kingdom Centre and museum (there is a fee).
*Locals tip : Take your camera and drone, this is a very cool place for pictures with all the colours of the minerals such as copper, tin, lead and more..
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