The Welsh island of Anglesey is a family adventure waiting to happen. With a wide range of beaches to play on, countryside to explore, and towns and villages to discover, the island is not something to be missed. Its island nature affords it a spectacular coastline of roughly 125 miles, giving you a reason to return year after year to explore new regions. If you and the family are planning on heading to the island, while using one of our Anglesey holiday cottages as a base to explore the region, then read on to find just some of the great days out to be had here.
With a modest population of just over 2,000, Beaumaris is known locally as the historic gateway to Anglesey. While you’re in town, a visit to the beautiful Beaumaris castle is a must, a historic 13th-century structure that has stood the test of time surprisingly well. The town is also home to a traditional style pier which offers stunning views across the water to mainland Wales. During summer, the town comes alive with cafes, shops and galleries opening their doors, giving you plenty of places to discover.
The structure that connects mainland Wales to the island of Anglesey, the Menai Suspension Bridge was constructed in 1826 by Thomas Telford and is a feat of engineering. Menai Bridge is also the name of the small town where the bridge is located. From here, it is possible to book boat rides and fishing trips that will allow you to explore the whole of the Menai Strait.
The town is also home to some fantastic eateries, and we’d thoroughly suggest taking some time to enjoy a bite to eat here. Dylan’s offers fresh pizzas and seafood while the suitably named Hydeout Bar-B-Q & Smokehouse specialise in grills and barbecue food.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Celebrating the best of British marine life, the Anglesey Sea Zoo is a fantastic day out for the family. Not only an exciting way to get up close and personal with some of the weirdest and most wonderful marine creatures but providing an excellent education for people both young and old on the importance of caring for our waters.
Newborough Warren Nature Reserve is a fine place to dive into nature and spend the day exploring. If you want to escape the modern world entirely, then venturing through the forest and wandering along the beach will provide you with suitable time to relax and recharge. The forest is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the beautiful and rare red squirrel. You can access the beach by walking through the forest; a surreal change of settings as it feels like, on a sunny day, you could just as easily be on a desert island.
Located on the south-west of the island, the small village of Rhosneigr offers visitors a chance to enjoy a vast stretch of sand that snakes along the coastline. The region is home to various beaches that are all perfect for spending a day relaxing on or playing in the sea. However, if you’re looking to get the blood pumping a little bit more, head to the local surf hire shop to grab a board and a wetsuit and hit the waves.
Once you’ve finished up, there is a fine selection of eateries close by where you’ll be able to refuel. Sullivan’s is a great place for a spot of dinner, or if you’re looking for something sweeter, then Chaplin’s Ice Cream & Coffee Bar is the place to go.
Boasting the largest population on the island, the town of Holyhead is perfect for spending a day exploring with the family. In the town, the Holyhead Maritime Museum displays an excellent range of historical artefacts that showcase the history of the oldest lifeboat station in Wales. Its coastal location also means that the coast path is within easy reach and can lead you all the way to South Stack Lighthouse, the westernmost point of the island. There are lots of options for food and drink in the town with the Simply Street Bar & Grill offering a range of cuisines and fresh seafood.
If you’re planning on making the trip to North Wales with the family this year, make sure you check out our blog as we have loads of useful tips and info for exploring the area fully. From walks to cycle rides to the best fish and chips, we have all you need to make the most of your break away.