Things to do on Anglesey

Anglesey is the jewel in the Welsh crown when it comes to beauty and natural landscape. Anglesey or Ynys Mon in Welsh, is a island just off the coast of north Wales. It sits proudly off the north western coast of the UK, with the mainland Wales to it’s east and Holy Island to its west. It has a spectacular coastline that surrounds its 138 mile circumference. Home to the mythical druids and cultural stories of the Mabinogion, it is draped in folklore and legend.

Anglesey is a very popular location that is well known for its outstanding blue flag beaches and water sports. Anglesey attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to its shores annually. The island that has a population of around 70,000+ people and main industries are farming the rural landscape and tourism. The island of Anglesey is famed for it’s amazing organic produce and seafood. It’s currently experiencing a renaissance, with independent and food and drink producers, sprouting up quicker than you can count them. There are many reasons that people visit Anglesey, but most come to Anglesey for the nature, beaches, fresh air and water sports.

We have complied a small list of “pocket friendly” things to do on Anglesey, that you can do for (pretty much free) – we all like to go see things that don’t cost much and, lets face it, the abundance of nature should be free in every way. Some of these ideas are fair weather day activities granted, but keep them to hand for a cheap and cheerful day when the weather breaks. Enjoy!

Satellite map of Isle of Anglesey – Sir Ynis Mon. Image by Maphill

South Stack Lighthouse

From sunny days to blustery, rainy days, South Stack Lighthouse is a must visit for anyone touring Anglesey.  Positioned on the edge of a spit, the lighthouse overlooks the sea and has provided ships a beacon of light for ages.  

Cost: 5.80 for adults and 3.50 for children ( You can walk all the way down there 365 steps to the lighthouse and take pictures for FREE!-)

Menai Suspension Bridge

The Menai Straight is an amazing straight of beautiful water with beautiful views on either side.  One of the most amazing parts of the straight is the Menai Suspension Bridge that crosses over the water and was the first modern suspension bridge.  Stop by and take a look. You can actually drive right under the bridge (in the town of Menai Bridge) and look up at it, eye level with the Menai strait. Don’t forget to cross the bridge to get the full experience by car with the windows down!

Cost: Free

The Anglesey Coastal Path

At about 200 km long, The Anglesey Coastal Path is a long walk around the coast of the island of Anglesey.  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. it can broken down into walking small bite size segments, and you can even shortlist the best parts for you, and do even smaller chunks of it, to keep your little ones from getting to tiered!

Cost: Free

Beaumaris Castle

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 ensure enough room for the large castle.

Cost:6.50 for adults, 19.30 for family, 4.20 for students and seniors (BUT Free on selected Cadw days, check out Cadw’s calendar ..Plus you can walk around the outside and have a picnic on the green outside of it for FREE!)

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch

Ever thought about visiting the place 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! Reportedly the original home of Guinness where Arthur Guinness is said to have sampled the black welsh beer at the local coach house on his way back to Ireland, he asked the landlord for the recipe of the delicious drink … the rest is history. Welsh history 😉

Cost: Free

Newborough Beach

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 where the pine forests flank the shorelines and meet the golden sand. Expect to see an amazing view of the snowdonia mountains and the LLyn Peninsular.

Cost: £4 for parking (Or bring your bikes, park near by and cycle for FREE to the beach along the many paths and tracks, its around 2-3 miles from the village.. )

Benllech Beach

Another beautiful beach on the east side of Anglesey is, Benllech Beach. It has smooth sandy beaches that are beautiful, and award winning. The beach won the 2004 European Blue Flag award.  The beach can be packed as there are also amenities such as a seaside shop, food vendors, and lots of space.

Cost: Free

Holyhead Breakwater Country Park

Once a quarry, Holyhead Breakwater Country Park is the home to a beautiful outdoor nature park.  The quarry was responsible for the majority of the stone for the huge breakwater that encircles the harbour at Holyhead. You can walk and hike through plenty of natural unspoilt nature.  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.

Cost: Free

The Dingle Nature Reserve

If you like wildlife and history, then the Dingle Nature Reserve is a wonderful natural woodland that surrounds the river Cefni, in Llangefni in the centre of Anglesey. The area is a 10 hectare reserve based in a valley that is full of plants, wildlife, and beautiful scenery. A large board walk was set up to allow visitors to walk along the shores of the Cefni river, where it meanders its way up the Cefni reservoir. It’s idyllic at ant time of year to be fair and its sheltered by the foliage from rain. A lovely place to visit for a picnic and bath your feet in the fresh river on a sunny afternoon.

Cost: Free

Parys Mountain

Parys Mountain, also known as part of the Copper Kingdom, is an old copper mine that rests on the side of a mountain.  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). Once the worlds largest copper mine, the area once exported minerals to many corners of the globe. The colours of the lunar like landscape are incredibly rich and vivid on clear days, so the photographers amongst you will enjoy.

Cost: See link provided.

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