When 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!
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 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 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.
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.
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…
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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