Anglesey is a truly wonderful place to holiday. An unspoilt gem in North Wales, the island is accessed via the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, both spanning the Menai Strait. Anglesey has much to offer, so if you're looking for somewhere a little quieter than Cornwall, Devon and Dorset, we would highly recommend the island.
We are going to make some suggestions of why Anglesey is THE place to holiday and suggest some places to visit too. And, we must say a big thank you to Kathryn at Home Farm Caravan Park who gave us some great tips for holidaying on this spectacular island!
1. A Stunning Entrance
Entering the island is an experience in itself! Take time to soak in the beautiful architecture of the bridges and grab a quick pic if you can. You can also visit an exhibition focussing on the considerable history of travel between Anglesey and mainland Wales.
2. Beautiful Beaches
Being on an island, you're spoiled for choice in terms of which beach to go to. We've opted to point you in the direction of Rhosneigr, winner of the Green Coast Seaside Award. Situated on Anglesey's western shore, the village is host to two main sandy beaches, perfect for watersports and swimmers alike. With the village so close by, you'll have lots of facilities just off the beach.
3. Explore Towns and Villages
This almost untouched landscape is home to many idyllic villages and towns. One such spot is Beaumaris, a seaside town which is home to a variety of architecture (Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian). Kathryn at Home Farm Caravan Park advises exploring the shops, home to a selection of antiques and independent boutiques. It is also home to Beaumaris Castle, a United Nations World Heritage site, which is well worth a visit!
4. Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path
The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path falls within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perfect for walkers, cyclists can enjoy certain sections of it too. It covers 95% of the coast and traverses through a variety of scenery, a combination of farmland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-marsh, foreshore, cliffs and woodland. Measuring 130 miles in length, opt for a section that takes in the sights you'd like to see! There are 12 sections to choose from. If you'd like to walk the whole path, it will take you about 12 days and you'll pass 20 villages or towns en route! The start point is St Cybi's Church in Holyhead.
5. Spectacular Scenery
The landscape is stunning and a photographer's paradise. Need we say more?! We love following Gill, an Anglesey resident, on her travels around the island and beyond.
6. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covers primarily coastal areas, focussing on most of Anglesey’s 125 mile coastline but also encompasses Holyhead Mountain and Mynydd Bodafon. Photographed here is the South Stack lighthouse, in the North West of Anglesey. The RSPB nature reserve will enable you to experience the breathtaking landscape, while viewing an incredible selection of marine and wildlife.
7. Foodie Heaven
The Ship Inn at Red Wharf Bay is the perfect example of Anglesey's rich foodie culture. Overlooking the bay, you can make yourself at home outside or choose to dine in the cosy bars or restaurant area. With so many destination dining options, you'll find seafood and traditional Welsh cooking throughout the island. The icing on the cake is the stunning scenery.
8. Architectural Delights
Whether you're looking at the pastel coloured houses in Beaumaris, ancient churches dotted around island or traditional Welsh cottages, you'll find a range of architecture on Anglesey. We're going to highlight the beautiful Melin Llynon, a windmill and roundhouses which also play host to a fantastic 'Monut' (donut) shop, created by pastry chef Richard Holt.
We hope this has helped in your consideration of your next holiday destination! Anglesey has much to offer, as does Wales as a whole. We have a selection of holiday parks in Wales, spread across the country. Try something different and give this magical country a try!