- places to visit
Sometimes there is nothing better to do than to take a trip to Anglesey for the day during the spring and summer months.
The island is located just off the North West coast of Wales which means it’s easily accessible from any of our North Wales resorts. Within an hour and a half drive you will be at one of these places in Anglesey that we have listed below. Even just getting onto the island is impressive as you have to drive across either the 19th-century Menai Suspension Bridge or the Britannia Bridge that was rebuilt in the 20th century. Have a read through our list below and see which things to do in Anglesey take your fancy.
Newborough Beach & Forest
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6SG
In Newborough you will find a pine forest that borders a sandy beach. Home to red squirrels, skylarks and ravens, you can enjoy a walk around the forest or relax on the beach. One of the most famous parts of this area is Ynys Llanddwyn, an island that you can access during a low tide that holds the history and the legend of Saint Dwynwen. There are trails that you can take that covers the island, the beach and the forest and range from 1.5km to 7km so you can really enjoy a full day out here.
South Stack Lighthouse
Holyhead, LL65 1YH
You will find South Stack Lighthouse on the summit of a small island that is just off the coast of Holy Island on Anglesey. The lighthouse was built back in 1809 to warn ships of the rocks around the area. You can now enjoy a tour of the former engine room in the lighthouse before climbing to the top of the lighthouse to take in the stunning views. To get onto the small island that South Stack Lighthouse is on you have to go down the steep mainland cliffs via 400 steps.
Pili Palas Nature World
Penmynydd Rd, Llangefni, LL59 5RP
If you are wanting somewhere that is revolved around animals for your children then the Pili Palas Nature World will be perfect for you. With a farm yard and barn full of animals, a nature trail and play areas outside. Along with a butterfly house, bird house, lizard land, meerkat tunnel, bug zone, tropical hide and more inside too. You will have so much to see and do here that you can keep everyone entertained for the whole day.
Beaumaris, Gwynedd, LL58 8RR
You will find Penmon Point on the north east coast of Anglesey. From Penmon Point you will be able to enjoy views across to the Wales mainland like the Great Orme and you will have a clear view of Puffin Island. The beach here is an extremely popular one not only because of the views but also for fishing and the abundance of different wildlife you will see around the area. Penmon Point Lighthouse is also one of the only 5 working lighthouses in Anglesey. The solar powered lighthouse flashes once every 5 seconds.
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path
Holyhead, LL65 1WY
Approximately 130 mile/200km long, the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path is a long distance footpath that goes right around the island. If you are wanting to do the whole route it is recommended to do it across 14 days which equates to around 14km a day. But the coastal path has been split up into 12 sections which means you can just enjoy part of the coastal path walk during your time on the island. The official starting point of the walk is at St Cybi’s Church in Holyhead.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwll, LL61 6TQ
With over 40 different tanks inside, Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium that shows off all the best of the British marine wildlife (over 150 native species!). It also claims to be the largest aquarium in Wales. Inside you will find an aquarium showcasing seahorses, jellyfish, hermit crabs and more. You can also adopt an animal and pick your own pearl that can be set in jewellery. There is also a café and gift shop that you can make the most of at the end of your visit.
Breakwater Country Park
Holyhead, LL65 1YG
This coastal park was previously a rock quarry, now you can enjoy scenic trails, birdwatching and a lake for fishing. It’s perfect if you are looking for a full day out in the beautiful countryside. The park is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and since opening in 1990 has been extremely popular with both locals and tourists. There is also a café, called Caffi’r Parc at the park so that you can get a drink or a bite to eat.
Plas Newydd House and Gardens
Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6DQ
Located right next to the Menai Strait, Plas Newydd House and Gardens is a beautiful place with incredible views across to Snowdonia and beyond. The house was redesigned in the 18th century and you can explore during your visit. The gardens and woodland are full of amazing sights to see with wild flowers and a summer terrace. You can easily spend a whole day here walking around the grounds and taking in the stunning scenery.
Trearddur Bay, Holyhead, LL65 2UL
The village of Trearddur is a great place to explore if you are in this area of Anglesey. It’s essentially a seaside resort with a beach and it makes the perfect day out whether you are with your family or a group of friends. You will find a number of cafes, restaurants and pubs around where you can enjoy some food. There is also a golf course, play parks and plenty of parking throughout the village.
Foel Farm Park
Brynsiencyn, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 6TQ
This small working family park makes a great day out if you want to keep your kids entertained but also have fun yourself. There are a range of different attractions that you can enjoy from meeting and feeding the animals, a farm walk, a tractor and trailer farm tour and more. You can also buy small bags of feed at the on-site shop that can be used to feed the animals around the farm. There is also a chocolate shop, café and gift shop at the farm park too.
RibRide Adventure Boat Tours
Porth Daniel, Water St, Menai Bridge, LL59 5DE
For those of you who are looking for a thrill, the RibRide Adventure Boat Tours will provide you with super-fast Rib boat rides along the Menai Strait. You can also enjoy tours where you will get the chance to see puffins and seals. Each boat seats a maximum of 11 passengers and can last between 60 to 90 minutes depending on what adventure you have chosen. You can hire out a whole boat and enjoy a private charter if you are part of a larger group.
Castle St, Beaumaris, LL58 8AP
A castle always makes a good day out no matter where you are. Beaumaris Castle in Anglesey is known for being a fortress of near-perfect symmetry and an unfinished masterpiece. By the 1320s, due to lack of money and trouble in Scotland the building work was stopped. But still to this day it is a huge, impressive castle that is busy all year round and will be a great place to visit.
Puffin Island Cruise
Seacoast Ticket, Pier House, Beaumaris, LL58 8BS
Puffin Island can be seen from the North East coast of Anglesey and is the ninth largest island along the Welsh coast. With the Puffin Island Cruises you are able to see the island and take in all the amazing scenery. Between April and July you will get to see the puffins as they nest on Puffin Island. There is also commentary throughout the duration of the cruise so you will learn all about the different wildlife that you will see along the way.
Holyhead Rd, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, LL61 5UJ
Known for having the longest name of any railway station in the whole of Britain. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch Station or Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Station for short, first opened in the 1840s. Llanfairpwllgwyngyll is the first village you pass when you go into Anglesey from the Britannia Bridge. Many people stop at the station to take a photo of the sign as it is the longest one-word place name in both the UK and Europe as well as the second longest in the world according to World Atlas.
Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
Cadnant Rd, Menai Bridge, LL59 5NH
For over 70 years Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens was a secret, now they have been restored and are open for visitors to explore. The estate itself is across 200 acres and within the garden you will find a range of rare and unusual plants, some of which are available to buy! There is also a traditional tea room at Plas Cadnant so you can enjoy freshly made cakes and hot drinks before exploring the gardens.
Enjoy exploring Anglesey from your own holiday home or book a staycation at one of our North Wales resorts.