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The Ultimate Guide to Anglesey, North Wales

the ultimate guide to anglesey north wales

the ultimate guide to anglesey north walesWhen Lonely Planet named North Wales one of their best regions in the world earlier this year, I wasn’t surprised. It’s a destination that has so much to offer, from beautiful countryside to incredible beaches, with a lot of adventure thrown in for good measure.

There’s one location in North Wales that I love more than any other though, and that is the Isle of Anglesey. It’s one of my favourite places in the whole wide world, and whenever I visit I leave feeling like the most refreshed and shiny version of myself.

My boyfriend grew up on the island and his parents still live there, so I’ve always been lucky enough to have my own personal tour guide to show me all of the best spots. On our most recent trip there over Easter, I thought it was about time that I compiled all of their tips and recommendations into a bumper post on this blog so that you lovely readers can plan your own trip to this beautiful part of the world.

So here you have it – the ultimate guide to Anglesey. Enjoy, and make sure you visit soon!

the ultimate guide to anglesey north walesSEE & DO

Go for a walk  at Newborough beach and Llanddwyn island

This was one of the first things we did on my very first trip to Anglesey and it remains one of my all time favourites. Once you’re all parked up you can take a walk through the beautiful pine forest down to the beach, where you’ll be greeted with incredible views of Snowdonia. If you walk along the beach for about 20 minutes you’ll reach Lllanddwyn island, which offers yet more breathtaking views, the best of which can be seen from the lighthouse at the far end of the island.

This has got to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, and whenever I’m there I just feel instantly calmer. There’s something about being surrounded by all of that nature that just helps to put life into perspective, and the fresh sea air certainly doesn’t hurt either.

Visit South Stack

Another must visit is South Stack, an island located just off the northwest coast Anglesey. Here you’ll find one of the most famous lighthouses on the island as well as the South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve, where you can spot guillemots, puffins and razorbills during the summer months. You’ll also be treated to yet more gorgeous views across the ocean and beautiful heathland. Be warned though, if you walk across to the lighthouse you’ll be faced with a 400 step climb back up the cliff face – not for the faint hearted!

Explore the seaside town of Beaumaris

With pretty pastel houses and trendy design shops, Beaumaris is definitely the most “blogger” destination on the island. It’s a cute little seaside town based in the south east and is well worth a visit for a little stroll down the pier and a wander along the high street. You’ll also find a castle here (great if you have small children!) as well as lots of great places to eat, drink and stay. It’s a great spot to anchor yourself during a trip to Anglesey.

Take a boat trip to Puffin Island

If you’re not lucky enough to spot any puffins on your visit to South Stack then it’s well worth booking yourself on a boat trip to Puffin Island. You board the boat at the pier in Beaumaris before heading out to the small island just off the southeast coast of Anglesey. As well as getting to see plenty of wildlife from the boat, you’ll also get a lovely view of the Penmon Point lighthouse from the sea.

Visit the village with Europe’s longest place name

It has to be said that there’s not that much to do in Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch but tonnes of American tourists visit everyday to have their photo taken next to the village’s official sign. It’s worth stopping to have a nosey if you’re passing nearby.

the ultimate guide to anglesey north walesEAT

The Oyster Catcher, Rhosneiger

The Oyster Catcher is a gastro pub with a difference and one heck of a brilliant view. The food is great and the location is right on the beach front at Rhosneiger, with floor to ceiling windows that let in loads of light.

The Marram Grass Cafe, Newborough

The menu at The Marram Grass Cafe has quickly become one of the trendiest places on the island to eat. The menu is innovative, with a focus on fresh ingredients and seasonal produce.

The White Eagle, Rhoscolyn

Before they were married, Prince William and Kate Middleton used to live on Anglesey and rumour has it that this was their favourite pub. The food is high quality pub grub and the atmosphere is friendly.

Dylan’s Restaurant, Menai Bridge

This restaurant boasts one of the best views of Menai bridge. Grab one of the outdoor tables on a sunny day and tuck into some local Menai mussels or one of their freshly cooked pizzas.

Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour, Beaumaris

Come rain or shine, there is always a queue of people outside this place trying to get their hands on the yummy homemade ice cream. There is a huge variety of flavours, plus there is a little cafe upstairs if you fancy something more substantial.

the ultimate guide to anglesey north walesSTAY

The Bull, Beaumaris

This boutique hotel offers a comfortable base in the heart of the Beaumaris. The rooms are plush and the pub downstairs also has a roaring fire and a great selection of ales.

Menai Holidays

If you’re looking for something a little more laid-back, why not rent one of the beautiful cottages offered by Menai Holidays? With locations all over the island, you’re bound to find something suitable.

the start of summerOTHER THINGS TO DO IN NORTH WALES

If you’re making the effort to drive all the way across to Anglesey, you may as well check out what else the region has to offer. Here are some more fun things to do in North Wales…

Visit Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park is one of the most stunning places you can visit in the UK. If you’re feeling adventurous you could climb Snowdon, or for a more of a relaxed wander you could visit the pretty town of Betws-y-Coed.

Get your adrenaline pumping at ZipWorld

If you’re looking to add a bit of adventure in to your trip then you need to visit ZipWorld. Here you can experience the fastest zip line in the world as you take in the gorgeous views over North Wales.

Take a trip to Portmeirion

Portmeirion is a gorgeous mock Italian village made famous by the 1960s TV show, The Prisoner. It’s a pretty place to take a wander, but it really comes to life in September when Festival No. 6 comes to town.

So there you have it – my ultimate guide to Anglesey, North Wales. Tell me – have you visited this part of Wales before? 

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  • LOVE this post Sophie – esp given we’re heading there this weekend, weather permitting!
    For me, the oyster catcher is beautiful, but food/service were well below par on our visit. I’d defo recommend the pancake house in Rhosneigr though if you ever get chance! We camp in that village each year and that place has never failed!
    I only started visiting once I married a cheshire kid (all of cheshire hits north wales come summer). I grew up in north wales myself, but we always escaped to other places come summer… typical right? However, I am loving it now as an adult!
    Gorgeous post! Thank you!
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    • I really wish I’d discovered North Wales sooner as I LOVE IT x

  • Oh wow this is such a bloody amazing guide Sophie! I am (fingers crossed) off to visit my brother in Wales very soon so this guide will be very useful indeed! I haven’t been to Wales since school so I am V excited – even more so after seeing this post! Immy x

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    • Ooooooh, I hope you get to visit some of these places 🙂 x

  • Great post Sophie! I am a massive fan of Anglesey too, but I’ve never been to some of these places – must do something about that! We stay in Benllech so I know the area around there very well, but I have been to the Oyster Catcher, which was lovely – and dog friendly too which is a massive plus for me. Will pin this for our next visit – hopefully it will be our baby’s first holiday! 🙂 xx

    • I don’t know the Benllech area very well – one for me to explore on our next visit 🙂 x

  • Sophie

    My GOD this looks so beautiful Sophie! The only place in Wales I’ve ever been is Snowdonia but all of your photos make me seriously want to plan a little trip to Anglesey. Love the sound of that first walk and ohhhh my I want to see puffins!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • I love Snowdownia, you get a great view of it from Anglesey too! X

  • I’ve never visited before, but it’s always been on my list of places in the UK that I’d love to visit one day. I honestly never thought it was all that big before, but it definitely looks stunning!
    Once our campervan is done, I think we’ll definitely have to take a trip there!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • It’s not massive but there is definitely plenty to do there! x

  • I love Angelsey so much! We always stay in Red Wharf Bay and it is just dreamy!

    Jasmin Charlotte

  • OMG this post is AMAZING! I’m so glad I saved it to enjoy properly over a lazy Sunday morning with a cup of tea.

    My husband spent 3 years living on Anglessey during his childhood and he has spoken so warmly of his time there that this year we’ve decided it’s about time that I go and see it for myself.

    So many wonderful recommendations, I’m definitely saving this for when we plan our visit, I can’t really rely on the husband to put together a good itinerary 😉

    • Haha! I can’t wait to read about your trip when you visit x