Things to do in Anglesey
The Isle of Anglesey is situated off the north west corner of Wales, separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait.
You can find Anglesey Tourist Information Centres in the east at Llanfairpwllgwyngyll - ideally situated for visitors from the mainland - and on the west coast at Terminal 1, Holyhead.
There are also long sandy beaches at Llanddwyn, Red Wharf Bay, Benlech and Cemaes.
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path covers over 125 miles. The official starting point is at St Cybi's Church, Holyhead but as the path connects with many towns and villages it is also well suited to shorter walks and cycle rides.
It's a Mecca for nature lovers and birdwatchers who come to see breeding colonies of puffins, guillemots, razorbills, terns and cormorants.
The clean waters around the coast offer anglers a rich variety of fish to catch and inland there are several quiet lakes to choose from, not least Llyn Alaw - one of the most productive in Wales.
This famous placename is often shortened to Llanfairpwll or Llanfair P.G. so those of a less linguistically-adventurous nature have nothing to worry about!
The nearby town of Beaumaris is famous for its 13th century castle, Beaumaris Castle. This is a World Heritage site and was the last in the 'iron ring' of castles Edward I built round the north Wales coast.
The town has a good selection of shops and restaurants and is home to various attractions.
Anglesey contains a wide variety of attractions from ancient to modern.
To name but a few from across this spread, you will find ancient standing stones and burial chambers, historic buildings, the ancient copper mine of Parys Mountain, Seawatch Centre at Moelfre, South Stack Lighthouse, Ellin's Tower Sea Bird Centre, Anglesey Model Village and Plas Newydd - home of the Marquess of Anglesey, which is open to visitors.
Days out in Anglesey
Beaumaris is a great, unfinished masterpiece. It was built as one of the North Wales "iron ring" of castles by the English Monarch, Edward 1, to stamp his authority on the Welsh, but it was never finished.
Museum of Childhood Memories
The Museum of Childhood Memories in Beaumaris has now closed. This article details other museums of childhood in Britain that you might be interested in visiting.
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
Plas Newydd, the ancestral home of the Marquess of Anglesey bears witness to the turbulent history of the family; their noble beginnings during the time of Henry VIII
Places to Visit in Anglesey
Bangor, with its 6th century cathedral, is one of Britain's smallest cities with a population of less than 14,000 people. However, its numbers swell during term time as Bangor University accommodates around 10,000 students.
Holyhead, pronounced Holly-head, is the largest town on Holy Island, just off the island of Anglesey in North Wales.
Llanddona nestles at the southern end of Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey and is divided into an upper and lower village.