Things to do in Anglesey

Ynys Llanddwyn Anglesey

There are so many things to do in Anglesey that we still haven’t got around them all.  And we’ve been twice!  Here are some of the things to do in Anglesey we’ve done so far.

St Mary's Church, Llanfairpwll

You’ll see St Mary’s Church as you cross the bridge so it’s one of the first things to do in Anglesey you’ll come to.  Apart from crossing the bridge of course.  Which is a great thing to do in itself.

The Churchyard is full of some really interesting and unique crosses.  

And as you follow the path down you’ll start to see a statue of Admiral Nelson! Here! Incredible really because of where it is but also because it seems to be of no interest to anyone else! Not even the gentlemen gathering cockles on the shore of the Menai Straits!  

Newborough Forest and beach

Newborough Forest and the Newborough beach is owned and managed by National Resources Wales.  And it is a stunning location.  For some reason we thought it would be quite difficult to find.  But we were pleasantly surprised at how easy it was and the drive down was quite special.  

The beach itself is massive! With plenty of room for sports it’s quite popular with kite surfers.  Time it right and you could have the place to yourselves for sun set.

Llanfairpwll

Stop by the famous station at Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogogoch.  The place with the longest name in Europe and 2nd longest in the world, it’s good to see and take a few photographs.  It’s easy to find and there is a free car park.  Around 4.5 miles from the Britannia bridge, you pass it as you drive along the A5.  

Church Island

This was number 1 on our list of things to do in Anglesey before we went.  And it did not disappoint. Church Island is a stunning location on the Menai Strait in the town of Menai Bridge.  Accessible from the A5 near the bridge itself, it is quite easy to get to.

There is a car park which is signposted for St.Tysilio’s Church and cost £1 for 1 hour.  This is plenty of time to walk down to the island, across the causeway, have a look around and walk back. It’s approximately 300 metres each way but is a fairly steep climb on the way back.  It’s worth it though.  The views are spectacular.

Beaumaris

Beaumaris is just a very nice place to be. The castle grounds are well maintained and there are a couple of childrens’ playgrounds which are free to use.  Overlooking this and the bowling green was the Happy Valley Pavillion.  Tea and coffee is good here but the stars of the show are the cakes.  A huge slice of bara brith and a mug of coffee incredibly cost only £2.  You can sit outside with views of the castle and the Menai Straits on either side.  What’s not to like?!  There is plenty of parking in Beaumaris with a large car park on the front by the pier.  There is a charge for this.  We managed to park for free for an hour right on the front.

The former county town of Anglesey it’s a very interesting place.  On the high street is apparently one of the oldest houses in Great Britain.  Now an Estate Agents! 

There are plenty of shops, places to eat and drink and places to stay in Beaumaris. 

There is also a pier and the Gaol, a disused jail which is now a museum.  You can have a guided tour of this but there is a charge.  There are conveniences in the town but there is a 20p charge.

Ynys Llanddwyn

Ynys Llanddwyn Anglesey

Back to Newborough Beach this time for what is now our number 1 favourite on the list of things to do in Anglesey. Ynys Llanddwyn.  To get to the Island is a walk of approximately 1½ miles from the car park either across the beach or through the woods.  We did both. 

The car park itself is owned by National Resources Wales and cost £5 for the day.  Whilst we do our best to avoid parking charges where we can, we did not resent paying this time.  The road down to the car park is a bit of a feature itself. There are toilets and showering facilities here. There is also ice cream and hot dog vans (seasonal) and It is easy to get a parking space close to the beach.  Even in August.  This is one place we are really keen to revisit.

Planning your trip to Anglesey

  • Anglesey is Wales’ largest island and can be reached by crossing one of two bridges. The Menai Bridge and the Britannia Bridge.  Off the coast of North West Wales, it’s the fifth largest island in Britain.  By car from the East head West on the A55 which will take you across the Britannia Bridge onto the Island. 
  • Newborough Forest is around half a mile south of the village of Newborough off the A4080.  It can be reached by taking the B4419 and then the B4421 off the A5 near the village of Gaerwen.  It’s well signposted and the Postcode is LL61 6SG.  The OS map grid reference is SH 402 635.
  • If you decide to make the trip to Ynys Llanddwyn please be aware that getting to the island means crossing a causeway.  As such you should ensure you are aware of the tide times. 
  • This is the map you need

Where to stay

There are loads of places to stay on Anglesey.  We always check out accomodation on Booking.com.

More about things to do in Anglesey

As we said earlier, there are so many things to do in Anglesey that we haven’t managed to get around the ones we want to to.  So we are definitely going back just as soon as we can.

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