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Great days out on Anglesey

There's so much to see and do on this little jewel of an island that we're sure you'll find something to suit everyone and for every occasion.

Take a look below at some of our favourite days out on Anglesey.

Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn

You’ll find the Sea Zoo on the shore of the Menai Strait looking out across the water to Caernarfon Castle and the mountains of Snowdonia. It’s a great weather-proof day out, where friendly biologists will teach you about the scores of species that are native to the North Wales coast. You can watch feeding times, diving displays, fish for your own pearl oyster or even go on a sea safari. Great for helping adventurous little minds to learn more about what they find in rockpools. You’ll also find a café, giant octopus bouncy castle, a pirate’s playground, gator swamp boats and Captain Jake’s crazy golf.


Beaumaris Castle, Beaumaris

It is one of the world’s finest examples of medieval military architecture and it’s right here on Anglesey. Designed by royal architect James of St George, this was the last of King Edward I’s ‘Iron Ring’ of fortresses which he built as part of his conquest of Wales. Beautifully proportioned and constructed to a concentric wall design, it’s fantastically well preserved. It last saw military action during the English Civil War when it was held by forces loyal to Charles I. They lived there from 1642 until they surrendered to the Parliamentary Armies four years later. The view from the top of the walls across to the towering mountains of Snowdonia will fire your imagination. Along with the castles of Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech, Beaumaris is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A must-see.

Why not visit the annual Beaumaris Medieval Festival - a great family day out packed full of activities, demonstrations, stalls and history!


Foel Farm, Brynsiencyn

This is a great place for children to experience the sights, sounds and smell of a real working farm. Everyone is invited to meet, touch and feed the animals, and in the spring and early summer you might even be able to bottle-feed the lambs and calves. There are tractor and trailer rides as well as quad bikes and pony rides. You’ll also find a café, gift shop and a delicious chocolate workshop where you can see chocolate being made by the expert chocolatier. The chocolate shop offers a wide selection of handmade chocolates. Just remember to leave the willpower at home, you’re on holiday!

 

Holyhead Mountain and South Stack Lighthouse, Holy Island

The mountain is the highest point on Anglesey and you’ll find it on the spectacularly rugged west coast of Holy Island. Extensive nature trails wind you through gorse and heather heathland to the summit where you can look out to Snowdonia in the east and - on a clear day at least - the Wicklow Mountains of Ireland in the west.

At the summit you can have a look around Caer y Twr, a 17-acre Iron Age hillfort, as well as a Roman watchtower from the fourth century AD. To one side of the mountain, reached via Holyhead, is the Breakwater Country Park - an ideal picnic spot and vantage point for wildlife spotters. To the other, the cliffs overlook South Stack Lighthouse, reached via 400 steep steps and across a narrow bridge over a deep-water channel. Tours of the lighthouse are available from April to September. Overlooking the lighthouse is Ellin’s Tower- a seabird centre managed by the RSPB. It is an ideal place to watch a variety of birds, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills and chough. Look out to sea and you might even catch a glimpse of a dolphin or a porpoise too.


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This small village has the longest place name in Europe at 58 characters. In global terms, however, it comes second to Taumata­whakatangihanga­koauau­o­tamatea­turi­pukakapiki­maunga­horo­nuku­pokai­whenua­kitanatahu in New Zealand, which stands proud at 85 characters. Prizes to anyone who can pronounce both names without getting tongue tied.

The village was originally known as plain old ‘Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll’, but when it became Anglesey's first train station in the 1860s the tourist board of the day saw a brilliant marketing opportunity. It was re-christened with the infamously long name, which translates as ‘St Mary's Church in the hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio near the Red Cave’. The village is watched over by the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column – a monument to the heroism of Henry Paget, the 1st Marquess of Anglesey. He lost a leg when fighting alongside Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. You can learn more about his colourful life at the close-by military museum at Plas Newydd.

 

Llynnon Mill

Built in 1775, Llynnon Mill is the only working windmill in Wales. Powered by the winds billowing in off the Irish Sea it produces delicious organic stoneground wholemeal flour. It’s fascinating to watch the miller at work, and there’s an interesting exhibition that tells the story of farming and milling on the island. There’s a 2-mile nature trail to follow around the mill, and a tearoom and a shop where you can buy the freshly milled flour – why not have a go at making your own Anglesey bread? You can also visit two reconstructed Iron Age roundhouses which give an insight into the Iron Age settlers who lived and farmed at Llynnon 3,000 years ago.


Anglesey Farmers Market, Menai Bridge

Held on the third Saturday of each month, the market is a great way of enjoying the fruits of this fertile island. From award-winning Gorau Glas cheese and locally produced Welsh black beef to mussels and oysters fresh from the Menai Strait – it’s a great way to stock up your holiday larder. You’ll find the indoor Anglesey Farmers Market at David Hughes School, Menai Bridge Ll59 5SS.

Elsewhere on the island you can find excellent local produce at Hooton's pick-your-own and farm shop near Brysiencyn, Moo Baa Oinc in Beaumaris (a Rick Stein favourite) and Valley Butchers close to the railway station in Valley.

 

Menai Suspension Bridge

When it opened to traffic in 1826 the Menai Suspension Bridge was the biggest suspension bridge the world had ever seen. Designed by the Scottish engineering genius Thomas Telford, it transformed transport links between Anglesey, Ireland and the rest of the UK. Up until it opened crossings to Anglesey across the perilous waters of the Menai Strait had been made by boat. Unless, that is, you were cattle. In that case you would have been expected to swim.

Quite apart from being a massive feat of Victorian engineering and a transformative part of the island’s history, the bridge is an elegant and iconic part of the Anglesey landscape. You’ll get great views of it from the A5 road which runs from Llanfair PG to the town of Menai Bridge. But if you’d like to get up close and personal there’s nothing better than a picnic at the base of its towers. You can then enjoy a stroll along the Belgian Promenade and cross a short causeway on to Church Island, home to a 6th century Welsh saint and a 15th century church.

You can even book a holiday in Manadwyn - a spectacular property located right on the waterfront. Can you spot it in the photo above?

 

Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni

The Oriel Ynys Mon is a fascinating museum and gallery which showcases the best of Anglesey’s art, history, culture and wildlife. It’s a pleasure to visit for adults and children alike. The gallery is a leading venue for renowned Anglesey artists like Kyffin Williams and Charles Tunnicliffe (you might recognise his work from the charming Ladybird books he illustrated). In addition to the permanent collection there’s a regularly changing programme of exhibitions as well as a social history and archaeology gallery. You’ll also find a rather lovely cafe and gift shop. Entrance to permanent exhibitions and galleries is free.

 

Pili Palas, near Menai Bridge

Exotic butterflies, quizzical meerkats, giant bugs, slithering snakes, chameleons, rabbits, guinea pigs, singing parrots (he’s called Elvis) and pygmy goats: you’ll find all creatures great and small at the Pili Palas. There’s also an adventure playground, giant bouncy castle, indoor soft-play area, shop and a café. Hours of family fun come rain or shine.


Plas Newydd, near Llanfair PG

Plas Newydd is an elegantly imposing mansion set on the shores of the Menai Strait which is owned and managed by the National Trust. Parts of the house date from the 14th century, though the house has been styled with a 1930s interior which is famous for its Rex Whistler mural and exhibition. Plas Newydd is the seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey (the family still lives in apartments at the estate) and a military museum contains relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey's tenure. He commanded cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo where he lost his leg to cannon shot, reportedly whilst standing alongside Wellington. His wooden leg forms part of the fascinating exhibition in the museum.

There are the most beautiful views from the house and gardens across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia, and the gardens are wonderful year round. Look out for the Italianate terraces, Australasian arboretum and red-squirrel populated woodland. The tearooms have a devilishly good selection of cakes, and there’s a nice National Trust Shop for gifts and souvenirs. There’s also an excellent second-hand bookshop in the main house.

Copper Kingdom, Parys Mountain, Amlwch

Once upon a time Parys Mountain, just south of Amlwch on the north east coast of Anglesey, produced more copper than any other mine in the world. Its copper sheathed the hulls of the Royal Navy’s warships at the Battle of Trafalgar, and the Parys Mine Company even produced its own currency – the Anglesey Penny. Its copper was exported across the world. Man has been extracting metal from the rocks here for a very long time - there is evidence to suggest it was an important mining site as long ago as the Bronze Age. The Copper Kingdom visitors centre tells the story of how copper has shaped the lives of people of Anglesey – and how it made a few of them very rich. There are number of waymarked trails at Parys Mountain so visitors can enjoy the vivid purples, ochres, oranges and green colours that characterise this fascinatingly peculiar landscape.

 

Miri Mawr Soft Play Centre, near Llangefni

In the centre of the island, near Llangefni, this soft play centre is perfect for letting of a little bit of steam. There’s an action-packed jungle play experience for older children with slides, ball pools, crawl tubes, rope nets, bridges and much, much more. Toddlers can enjoy a small, designated softplay area. There’s a cafe area for parents to relax in whilst keeping an eye on the children.

 
Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead

This leading arts centre and 200-seat performance space has a diverse programme of regular events featuring film, theatre and music performances as well as exhibitions and children’s art clubs. The Ucheldre Kitchen restaurant offers excellent home-made food, speciality coffees as well as legendary cakes and puddings. The shop sells a good selection of local history books, poetry and novels.

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Holiday cottages in Anglesey

Whether you’re looking for a quiet country hideaway, coastal lookout or a traditional seaside village we have a property that’s perfect for you.

And we don't list any properties we wouldn't be happy holidaying in ourselves so we know you will love where you stay.

Penrhos Llanfachraeth Penrhos Llanfachraeth Llanfachraeth, Anglesey A delightful cottage surrounded by open, peaceful countryside yet only a short drive to some of Anglesey's finest beaches.

Sleeps : 8

£490 - £1100 per week

Changeover day : Sat

Glan Y Mor Glan Y Mor Rhosneigr, Anglesey "A great favourite with lots of our guests in the busy village of Rhosneigr - walk from the front door across the dunes to the beach!"

Sleeps : 6

£525 - £965 per week

Changeover day : Fri

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Menai Holiday Cottages
Unit 4 & 6,
Brynsiencyn Workshops,
Old School

Brynsiencyn
Anglesey
LL61 6HZ
Wales

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