Anglesey Travel Guide
Located in the North-West corner of Wales, Anglesey is an ideal location to travel to, if you are looking for a relaxing, get away from it all, outdoors-based holiday. Combining some stunning landscapes, with a varied coastline to explore, and a number of small towns and villages to discover, Anglesey is a great choice for a holiday.
Anglesey is fairly easy to get to. The A55 North Wales Expressway links the largest Anglesey town of Holyhead with the UK motorway network. There are regular express trains from Holyhead (London Euston is approximately a 4-hour trip), as well as ferries to and from Dublin, Ireland.
Things to do
There is no shortage of activities to do when visiting Anglesey. This guide aims to list some of the highlights, but there are plenty more to seek out for yourself, when visiting the region.
The largest town on the Isle of Anglesey, it is also a major seaport, with access to Ireland. Holyhead hosts plenty of accommodation options and shops. It also is the terminus of the North Wales Coast Line, with services to and from London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly.
Although never fully completed, the 13th century built Beaumaris Castle is a great example of a medieval castle. There are plenty of walls to walk around, and there are some good views of the surrounding area from here.
Menai Suspension Bridge
Opened in 1826, the Menai Suspension Bridge was built by Thomas Telford, connecting the island of Anglesey to the Welsh mainland. It is today classed as a Grade I listed building. There was no fixed crossing connection prior to the bridge being built, with a ferry the primary method of crossing.
Plas Newydd Country House
Plas Newydd is a country house which you can tour, along with the gardens. Occupied from 1470 onward, it is now a National Trust property.
Lying on Anglesey’s Western shore, Rhosneigr offers a couple of sandy beaches, which are great for a quick walk and to experience the coast.
Amlwch used to be home to the largest copper mine in the world, and a visit here helps to explain the rise and fall of the copper mining industry on Anglesey.
Set apart from the mainland, but not quite an island, the area of Ynys Llanddwyn provides some excellent views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula and is ideal for walking.
Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path
Much of the coastline around Anglesey has been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path offers a good opportunity to explore this further, as you can walk along much of the coast. At 130 miles in length, you may prefer to enjoy sections of it, as opposed to the whole length, maps and local routes are available for the area.
South Stack Lighthouse
Across to the South-West of Anglesey, you will find South Stack Lighthouse. Gain some great views of the lighthouse, cliffs and coastline from this location, with the availability of hiking trails and bird-watching.
Holyhead Mountain is the highest mountain on Anglesey and lies about two miles to the west of Holyhead. Again, a great place to walk, you can gain some spectacular views from points here.