Visitors to Anglesey return time and time again and seem to fall in love with the island and everything it has to offer. 276 square miles, the largest island in Wales, and the 5th largest island surrounding the UK, its entire rural coastline has been designated as an area of outstanding beauty and it is indeed! On any one good walk you can pass towering cliffs, sandy beaches, woodlands, marshes and mountains. Packed with stunning landscapes, unspoilt coastlines, miles of scenic walks along the Coastal Path, cycling trails, an array of watersports, enjoy this varied landscape and get out and about. So much to discover, heritage & culture, beautiful gardens, plants and wildlife. Jam packed with things to do with the family & great attractions, you cannot go wrong! With six blue flag beaches and another seven with a seaside award, you will be spoilt for choice. Whatever type of beach you are looking for you will find it here. From pebbly beaches with lighthouses, coastlines regularly visited by seals and dolphins, pretty coves and bays, to miles and miles of golden sand backed by cliffs you will be spoilt for choice.
There are too many places to list them all, however the following villages & towns are all popular places to visit!
Menai Bridge – This busy little waterside town is ideal for those wanting to get out and about on Anglesey and on the mainland. Menai Bridge itself has a good selection of shops including a good butcher, an old fashioned general hardware store, kitchen design centre, antiques shops, estate agents, banks, cafes, & stationers. There are also plenty of great cafes and restaurants and some lovely walks all close by.
Every year there is a fair which dates back to the 1680’s when it was predominately a cattle market. The fair is held every October and during the fair week the town has fair rides and stalls of all kinds and is enjoyed by people from a wide area. Menai Seafood festival is held during the month of August and celebrates North Wales’s coastal heritage and the abundance of seafood and fish available around the shores of Anglesey. Cooking demonstrations, local produce market, art and craft, music, and activities for kids. Menai Bridge is within a short drive of many other popular holiday destinations so ideal for those wanting to get out and about to explore.
The Menai Strait itself is breathtaking, whether you are exploring from the land, or the water. You can book a trip on a rib to explore from the water, taking in the secret coves along this stretch, the lions under the bridge and Lord Nelson’s statue, the shipwrecks and whirlpools – definately a great day out!
Did you know? The Menai Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford is actually a Grade 1 listed building?? Until completion of the bridge in 1826, there was no fixed connection to the mainland and all movements from Anglesey were by ferry!
Beaumaris – We think Beaumaris is a bit of a gem! It is atmospheric, and has lots to see and do. Admire the houses painted in pretty pastel colours, take a boat trip, explore the fabulous medieval castle, visit the gaol, picnic on the beach, visit the art gallery or simply enjoy the award winning food in one of the many restaurants and pubs available! With a good many dog friendly pubs, you will have plenty of choice. Or when the sun is shining, sit outside the ice cream parlour or at one of the lovely little pavement cafes. Beaumaris always has something going on – fireworks displays, art & food festivals, re-enactments in the castle, Victorian Christmas Fairs – such a busy little place where you are bound to find something to entertain you. The beach is small and shingly, and dogs are allowed although there are restrictions between 1st May & 30th September.
Did you know? The RNLI Lifeboat here is one of the 7 that were provided by the viewers of Blue Peter. The latest Lifeboat at the station is the Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat, the most advanced inshore lifeboat ever produced by the RNLI which can reach speeds of up to 35 knots
Benllech – Just a 10 minute drive from the A55, Benllech, remains a popular destination with its seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach. Sit on the promenade with traditional fish ‘n’ chips and just people watch, or buy an ice cream from the wonderful kiosk and get the sand between your toes. The seafront shop is also readily available for those much needed essentials like buckets and spades. I personally love nothing more than strolling down the beach to Red Wharf Bay for a cheeky glass of wine and a bite to eat and then wandering back down the coastal path.
Did you know? The poet Goronwy Owen (1723-1769) was a native of Llanfair Mathafarn Eithaf; the village hall, primary school and local football team are named after him
Red Wharf Bay – A wide sandy bay on the East coast of this beautiful island that sits quietly between Pentraeth & Benllech, and attracts an abundance of wildlife, including Oystercatchers, Curlew, Purple Sandpipers and Dunlin. There is an annual offshore dinghy race hosted by Red Wharf Bay Sailing Club!
Did you know? Red Wharf Bay is named after a battle between the Welsh and Viking invaders in 1170, when the beach was left soaked in blood. Gruesome! It’s more peaceful today – fringed by pinewoods it’s one of the largest bays in Anglesey.
Moelfre – A picturesque fishermans village with a long maritime history. With small lobster boats bobbing up and down on the swell, it reminds us of a pretty little greek fishing village from a romantic film . Right on the Coastal Path and popular with walkers, Moelfre’s lifeboat station and seawatch centre attract thousands of visitors year on year. Sand and shingle beaches, and a lovely friendly atmosphere, make this a popular spot for families of all ages.
Did you know? It was the site of a shipwreck in 1859, of the hybrid ship The Royal Charter near the end of its voyage from Austrailia to Liverpool. 400 souls were lost.
Rhosneigr – Arguably the busiest resort on Anglesey and for good reason. Easy to drive to, great sandy beaches for a bucket and spade day, amazing waves for the more adventurous ‘surfy types’, cool funky bars, takeaways galore and of course a rather delicious ice cream shop. From the clock tower in the centre of the village you can see RAF Valley and Holyhead Mountain. There is also an 18 hole golf course to play with most amazing views out to the neighbouring RAF valley. It really doesn’t matter if you are 3 or 93, Rhosneigr has something to offer!
Did you know? Rhosneigr has been listed in the top 30 places to live by the sea!
Rhoscolyn – Rhoscolyn on Holy Island is another of Angleseys’ most beautiful beach resorts where visitors come to enjoy the vast expanse of golden sands and laze away a summers day while the younger visitors enjoy exploring the rock pools and making sand castles! At the southern end is Borth Wen beach where dogs are welcome all year round. The hugely popular ‘White Eagle’ which is allegedly a favourite of Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge is just a short stroll away from the beach and ideal to stop for a leisurely lunch, children and dogs in tow!
Did you know? Divers regularly dive from this beach because of its crystal clear water!
Aberffraw – A small village on the South West coast of Anglesey. Aberfraw is a quieter spot, with beautiful beach walks, and close by you can visit the Neolithic burial chamber (Barclodiad Y Gawres), or the 7th Century church of Saint Cwyfan on the island of Cribinau where occasionally weddings are held. The beach is delightful and ideal for bathing and as dogs are allowed all year, very popular with people with pooches at the weekends!
Did you know? Aberffraw was once an important port, but over time the prevailing westerly winds caused the estuary to silt up with wind-blown sand and the sand dunes to be formed
Treaddur Bay – On the west coast of Holy Island this seaside resort has two spectacular beaches , the main beach and small bays, the largest of which is Porth Diana. Boat trips and fishing trips can be arranged and you can also take a lesson in scuba diving, horse riding, or walk the Coastal Path towards neighbouring Rhoscolyn. There are some fabulous restaurants here, you have to try the Seacroft – YUM!
Did you know? In February 2011, The Prince of Wales & The Duchess of Cambridge made an appearance at the Lifeboat Station to name the community’s new lifeboat, The Hereford Endeavour and to chat with the volunteers and their families.
Cemaes Bay – On the North Coast of Anglesey, there are two lovely beaches and a pretty little harbour which is at its prettiest when the tide is in.
This section of the Coastal Path is particularly stunning and takes you east towards Bull Bay and Amlwch. The village itself is pretty, with painted houses lining the High Street and a small selection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The harbour welcomes visiting yachts and offers boats for hire and trips up and down the coast.
Did you know? Once upon a time, Cemaes was known as Porth Wygyr and was one of the busiest ports in medieval Wales. These it is a peaceful harbour, but many moons ago was an industrial port exporting china clay, bricks & ochre.
South Stack – Located on Holy Island, South Stack boasts one of the most spectacular lighthouses in Wales. Extensive nature trails provide access to maritime and lowland heathland, along the cliffs and to the top of Holyhead Mountain, and there is disabled and pushchair access to Ellin’s Tower Information Centre and viewpoint. South Stack Reserve also boasts a Visitor Centre with a shop and cafÃ©.
Did you know? Until 1828 when the iron suspension we see today was built, the only means of crossing the deep water channel on to the island was in a basket which was suspended on a hemp cable. You wouldn’t have wanted to pop out for milk too often!