Llanbadrig Church BeachCemaes Bay, Anglesey

St Patrick’s Bay, a secluded sandy little cove near the village of Llanbadrig on Anglesey's north coast, is a lovely spot to stop awhile and watch the boats and birds go by! With its crescent-shaped bay backed by cliffs, and it’s large white quartzite sea stack right in the middle, you’d be mad to miss out on this fascinating part of the island!

Some might say this St Patrick’s is not what you would call a family beach - others disagree. In fact, it’s ripe for adventure and exploration, great for swimming -  and has numerous rockpools to poke about in, as well as being a popular destination for fishermen!


The beach is named after St Patrick who is said to have taken shelter, in a cave on the cliffs behind the beach, after being shipwrecked offshore sometime in the 5th century. Believed to have been founded by the saint, the stone church on the headland that overlooks the bay is an important historical landmark - it also has a special mystical and magical appeal.

Look out also, for the man-made cave in the cliffs - it’s an old mine dug whilst prospecting for iron ore.

At a glance
  • Full of history - as well as myth and legend!

  •  A great bay for a dip!

  •  Kids and dogs love exploring here!

  •  Fantastic rockpools at low tide - with some good fishing marks.

  •  Wonderful views and fabulous walks in all directions.

  •  Secret and secluded, but close to the facilities of it’s busier neighbour, Cemaes Bay

Beach info

Beach type

The beach is mostly made up of sand and rocks, with a quartzite sea stack known as the White Lady (Ladi Wen) in the middle of the bay.

Located on Anglesey’s northern coast, east of Cemaes Bay. Take the A5025 to Amlwch via Cemaes. After leaving the village of Cemaes you’ll pass the Gadlys Hotel. Turn right down the next minor road - which is off the A5025. Continue on for about 1/4 mile until a small junction at which you take the right turn (also signposted for Anglesey's only vineyard).The church is about 500 metres further on, with a car park just outside. The beach is below.


The car park has a stone picnic table, an information board and bicycle parking. There is no W/C nearby, you’ll have to go to Cemaes Bay to find one.


A narrow little lane leads off the A5023 to a free parking area next to St Patrick's church  - right on the clifftop.


Access to the beach requires a walk of about 300 yards back along the lane from the parking area -  and then down a public footpath.

Dog Restrictions

Yes, and there are no seasonal restrictions.

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Yes - a popular little fishing spot! The area is known for: Pollack, bass, tope, whiting, mackerel, bull huss, coalfish, cod, conger eels, dogfish, flounder,  and ling - to name but a few!

Head to the Llanbadrig Ledges/Llanbadrig Point - you’ll need to pass through the cemetery at St Patrick's/Padrig's Church, with the ledges you’re after just below you, slightly to the right. The headlands of Trwyn y Penrhyn and Trwyn y Parc are great too. The water off the cliffs is relatively deep but can be a little snaggy.

There are regular fishing/boat trips from nearby Camaes harbour too! Contact MV Stingray Angling Charter for fishing trip info. They run trips from Camaes Pier.


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