Map of AngleseyWith its stunning natural beauty and unspoilt landscapes, Anglesey has always been a popular tourist destination, both for British ‘Staycationers’ and visitors from around the world – particularly in the warmer summer months when the beauty of the island is at its peak. Much of the rugged coastline has been declared as an Area of Outstanding Beauty, and the beaches offer a number of activities. This is a location that demands exploration, and is a great holiday for those who want to get out and find adventure.

Stay at…

There’s so much to choose from when it comes to accommodation in Anglesey, from luxury spas and hotels to camping on the rugged coastline. For a regal experience, Chateau Rhianfa in Beaumaris is an enchanting French-Gothic styled Chateau overlooking the mountains and the Menai Straits, with exquisitely landscaped gardens and its own private beach. The rooms are elegantly furnished with a classic yet contemporary feel, and the restaurant offers sumptuous dishes made from local ingredients – including fine cheeses from the Snowdonia Cheese Company and freshly caught lobster from the Menai Straights.

Alternatively, take advantage of Anglesey’s numerous holiday houses, allowing you your own space. Llanlliana House in Cemaes Bay is set in a private estate, and offers access to a private beach and coastal walks – perfect for wildlife enthusiasts. With only a few minutes’ walk into Cemaes for shops, pubs and local fishing boats to collect fresh shellfish for supper, it’s a great location for those who want nature and local amenities.

Eat at…

The Marram Grass in Penlon, Newborough, is somewhat of a revolution in Anglesey. The island offers a number of great restaurants serving up fresh, local produce, but many are lacking the style that The Marram Grass provides. The young team offers a fresh, friendly atmosphere, and their passion for what they are creating is clear. If you’re looking for a lighter bite, there are also a number of fantastic tea rooms serving local ice creams, homemade nibbles and bara brith, a fruity loaf that is the area’s local speciality. Coffee Cups in Cemaes Bay is a great find, or simply wander down the streets of Beaumaris and take your pick.

Explore…

The scenery along the Coastal Path
This long distance walk is a developing route that covers most of Anglesey’s stunning coastline, passing through coastal heath, farmland, dunes, cliffs and woodland, including a National Nature Reserve (Cemlyn). Highlights are the South Stack Lighthouse, Holyhead Mountain and the Menai Suspension Bridge. This coastal path is great for taking in all the scenery this beautiful island has to offer, and for spotting the wildlife this rugged island is home to, from peregrine falcons and choughs to porpoises and seals.

Your adventurous side with outdoor activities
Anglesey is a true playground for adventure enthusiasts, with a wide range of activities to get your heart rate up. From rock-climbing and coasteering to raft building, sea-kayaking and bush craft, there’s plenty to fill up your week with. There are a number of companies offering classes and trips for any skill level, so there’s no excuse not to jump in.

The depths at Anglesey Sea Zoo
As Wales’ largest marine aquarium, Sea Zoo is a fantastic day out for the whole family. With various zones, and over 150 species of fish there is lots to discover, and plenty of opportunities for children (and big kids) to interact. Outside, there’s crazy golf, gator swamp boats and the Pirates playground to keep the whole family entertained.

Welsh history at Beaumaris Castle
The medieval castle at Beaumaris dates back to 1295, and was the largest of the castles to be built by King Edward I. This concentric castle was built with almost geometric symmetry, and is a real testament to the sophistication of medieval military architecture in Britain. With stunning views, rich history and interesting wall walks, this is a great informative day out. Don’t forget to stop in the village afterwards for Anglesey ice cream and cream teas!

Plas Newydd
This enchanting mansion on the shores of the Menai Straights has been home to the Marquess of Anglesey for generations. As well as the military museum, there is also a Rex Whistler exhibition which includes his famed romantic mural. The grounds are also spectacular, with a spring garden and an Australasian arboretum, amongst other exquisite gardens.

Don’t miss…

The Anglesey Show – 12-13th August 2014
This annual show is a benchmark of the farming calendar, giving farmers the opportunity to show and compete their produce. From dressage and show jumping events to petting zoos and flower displays there’s lots to keep everyone busy, not to mention fantastic local produce to keep you going (and take home with you!). There’s also a great fairground to keep the younger visitors entertained.

With its incredible scenery and fantastic range of activities, it would be easy to spend much longer than a week on the Isle of Anglesey.

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