Spend a few days exploring Anglesey and you will soon be planning a return visit. Short breaks in Anglesey are a great way to get a flavour of what’s on offer. Here are a dozen highlights to get you started:
Experience the thrilling exhilaration of speeding along the scenic Menai Strait and around Anglesey’s beautiful rugged coast on a Rib Ride. There are several adventures to choose from all run be experienced skippers with a wealth of knowledge about the natural history of the island. You are sure to be impressed by the ‘Bridges and Swellies’, inspired by the ‘Puffins and Seals’ and amazed at the ‘Castles and Islands’. If you have a whole day to spare try the awesome ‘Around Anglesey Adventure’.
Once home to Wales’ Patron Saint of Lovers, St Dwnwyn. This beautiful tiny tidal island is accessed via the vast sandy stretch of Newborough beach. Circumnavigate the island on foot exploring the natural beauty and historic features such as the old pilots cottages now an unmanned museum, the ruins of Llanddwyn Chapel and the old navigational beacon, Twr Bach that once safely guided sailors into the Menai Strait.
Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens
Magnificent Plas Newydd standing on the banks of the Menai Strait with breath taking views of Snowdonia is now cared for by the National Trust. It is open to the public all year round (except 25, 26 and 31 December). Parts of the current building have been dated back to 1470, the last owner being the Marquess of Anglesey.
The elegant waterside town of Beaumaris is steeped in history. The earliest settlement was known as the ‘Port of Vikings’. The town as we know it today began to develop after the construction of the castle. Visit the impressive castle and the Victorian gaol. Enjoy boutique shopping, good food and a stroll along the pier.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
An award winning family attraction, the huge aquarium is home to a fascinating array of indigenous creatures such as seahorses, lobsters, octopus, conger eels and small British catsharks. Visit in time to witness daily feeding time, pick your own oyster and watch as your pearl is retrieved, cleaned, valued and set in jewellery. Eat in the Rock Cafe and browse the gift shop.
Surfing, cycling, walking, horse riding, Segway, rock climbing, coasteering, paddle boarding, bush craft, motor sports and more are all available for all ages and abilites.
Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
This ongoing restoration project between Menai Bridge and Beaumaris has already resulted in a spectacular transformation. The hidden gardens are beginning to show much of their former glory and have already been hailed one of Wales’ finest gardens. A new plantsman’s garden is also being created with much more work planned. Visitors are encouraged and can stroll through the walled garden, upper woodland garden and valley garden to admire unusual curving walls, a pool, three waterfalls and a river, stone outcrops and a 19th century folly.
Ellin’s Tower and South Stack RSPB
This most stunning seacliff setting along the Anglesey Coast Path is teeming with marine wildlife all year round. View the spectacle from Ellin’s Tower visitor centre where you can pick up information leaflets and enjoy refreshments in the cafe. Watch gannets diving, seabirds squabbling, stonechats, linnets and skylarks in the heathland and seals and porpoises in the sea below.
The Anglesey Coast Path
The 124 miles of varied coastal terrain lie mostly within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walk as much or as little as you like admiring glorious sandy beaches, sand dunes, rocky headlands, tidal estuaries and towering seacliffs vibrant with colour and teeming with wildlife.
Recognised for its wonderful variety of fabulous beaches, the majority of which have Blue Flag, Green Coast, Seaside or Green Coast awards, there are Anglesey beaches to suit all. Choose from remote and secluded, wild, perfect for surfing, ideal for watersports, popular with families, seaside escapes, tiny harbours, and so many more.
A painters palette of vivid colour assaults the senses at Parys Mountain, a huge disused old copper mine south of Amlwch harbour village. The mountain was mined for copper ore as early as the Bronze Age and thrived during the 1780’s when it dominated the world’s copper market. There are waymarked walking trails around the mountain giving spectacular views of Amlwch Port and the windfarm at Trysglwyn.
Menai Bridge Restaurants and Night Street Market
Menai Bridge is fast becoming the food capital of the island with a number of excellent restaurants lining the village streets, thriving Night Markets, Farmers Markets, Fish Market, Seafood Festival and annual Foodslams during summer and Christmas. Do visit Dylan’s, Sosban, Hydeout Bar-B-Q & Smokehouse, Bocca Italian, The Bridge Inn, The Straits, Harri’s Portugese and Sopna Indian restaurant just to name a few!