Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island (Image credit:

Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island

Anglesey is a large island off Wales' West coast, connected via the Menai Bridges to the Welsh mainland. To its West is the smaller 'island' of Holyhead which is now linked to Anglesey by a causeway. Largely Welsh speaking, Anglesey's the largest Welsh island and the largest in the Irish Sea.

What's Anglesey like?

With many miles of unspoilt coastline, its castles, activities and even a nuclear power station to visit(!), Anglesey is a gorgeous location for a family holiday. Perfect, in fact.

Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle

Anglesey's Beaches and Coast

While Benllech Beach to the East of the island appears small it is surprisingly spacious and has great facilities alongside its sheltered cove. Favourite Anglesey beaches include Rhosneigr to the West of the island, Trearddur Bay and Llanddwyn Beach, near Newborough, a family favourite of ours since childhood - wide and long with rock pools, pine forests and brilliant dunes for exploring. This beach also incorporated the Llanddwyn peninsula with its historic cottages and lighthouse. But all around the island are beautiful beaches, so much so that much of the varied and fabulous coastline has been awarded the status of an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).


There are outdoors activities a-plenty in Anglesey. Why not try walking its 125-mile long coastal path? Some parts are even accessible for horse-riders and cyclists. From it you will see the South Stack Lighthouse (worth visiting en route), the Menai suspension bridge, nature reserves, churches and priories and much more. You can even request a badge on completion! (See their website below.) Other great outdoor activities such as surfing, cycling, sailing and scuba diving, and horse riding are well catered for on the island. Why not take an adventure boat ride or have a swim at Amlwch Leisure Centre?


There are historic building galore here. From the majestic Beaumaris Castle facing the mainland (from Beaumaris you can also take a great boat journey round Puffin Island to peer at seals), to the countless burial chambers and historical stones, and Aberlleiniog Castle, a 'secret' 900 years old castle!

Unusual view of the Menai road bridge (Image credit:

Unusual view of the Menai road bridge

Other fun

Sea Zoo opposite Carnarvon, Anglesey racing Circuit on the South coast, lighthouses, the Seawatch Centre on the East coast, and even the Wylfa nucelar power station and visitor centre all offer plenty to do on a family holiday.

Visitors could even attend the Walking and Cycling Festival in late Spring, or even the Gottwood Festival described as "a mystical party hidden in the middle of the woods".

How to get to Anglesey

Anglesey's coastal roads, (A5025 North and A4080 South) are greatly assisted by the fast-moving A55, the road to Holyhead Port (a major route to Ireland). All are criss-crossed with a solid framework of B roads. With a train service only on the South of the island, most visit Anglesey by car. RAF Valley's associated airport does offer a limited number of passenger flights.

Where to stay

Our stunning properties throughout Anglesey range from bustling guest houses near the Holyhead ferry port to mainly holiday cottages - serene, relaxing and wonderful locations for a long or short stay. So book with us and you can be sure you'll have a superb holiday.

Accommodation in Anglesey

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    Self-catering cottage providing accommodation in Beaumaris, for up to nine people. Has easy access to North Wales family attractions. Modern furnishings and facilities.
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    Family friendly self-catering cottage in Benllech, with off-road parking for up to two cars. Sleeps five, with an on-site play area and nearby beaches and attractions.