Cemaes Bay, Anglesey, North Wales

Cemaes Bay is a picturesque coastal village with a sheltered harbour, two beaches, and a number of ancient heritage sites in close proximity. The wealth of information on this village has even supported it’s very own heritage centre.

The Bay is actually made up of two beaches, Traeth Mawr (Big Beach) and Traeth Bach (Small Beach). Both offer safe swimming, sand, and plenty of rock pools for the kids! With its stacks of lobster pots and other fishing paraphernalia on the harbour wall, this picturesque bay has something for everyone.

In the 5th century St Patrick (then a mere bishop) was shipwrecked just off the coast here on Ynys Patrig or Middle Mouse as it’s called. He made it ashore at Cemaes Bay and established what is probably the oldest Christian site in Wales, Llanbadrig church. There are lovely walks up to the church and around the headland from Cemaes.

Formerly Cemaes was an important industrial port both in medieval times and then again in the 18th Century - exporting china, clay, bricks and ochre along with quarrying marble and limestone from White Lady Bay. It established a strong shipbuilding industry in the harbour and also had an important fishing trade, growing a reputation for salted herring. Today it is still possible to buy fish direct from the fishermen or even catch your own! 


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