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Attractions of the Isle of Anglesey

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Physical Attractions

The Isle of Anglesey has lots of beautiful physical attractions. What is shown here is only a selection of them.


Left: Treddur Bay

Beautiful rocky headlands and coastal heath. Geology and arches/caves.

Walking: Coastal Path

Access: Car park at Rhoscolyn

Below Right: Parys Mountain and lake


Early copper mine (presently being re-developed); heathland, lakes. Industrial archaeology from 18/19th centuries and bronze age remains should prove to be of interest.

Walking: A network of public footpaths across mountain range and by lakes.

Access: Lay-by along main road



Above: Newborough Warren National Trust Nature Reserve

A rocky island with very sandy beaches. Spring flowers; sea and shore birds; geology. There is also an Interpretive centre open at the end of the island

Walking: 1.5 km across sandy beaches

Access: Car park at Newborough Forest (pay and display)

Penmon and Black Point (no photo)

Woodland and Pond at Penmon priory. Rocky coast and a large area of scrub with patches of limestone grassland at Black Point. Warblers, migrant birds, sea birds, views of sea bird colonies on puffin island and the grey seal are all available in this one area. Also a café.

Walking: Footpaths around the point

Access: Car park at Black Point (pay in the holiday season, free normally)

Below: Red Wharf Bay

Beautiful sandy bay perfect for families. Wildfowl and waders all year round. Divers, Grebes and sea ducks can be seen off shore. Salt marsh and beach flowers along the south shore. Interesting geology on the west shore.

Walking: Can be walked around whole shoreline

Access: Three car parks offer a wide range of parking along this

stunning coastlineimage13.jpg

Llyn Alaw (no picture)

The largest lake on the island. Waterfowl of all kinds in all seasons and large gatherings of waders in autumn. Wildflowers and butterflies are also very common around this spectacular lake. The east end of the lake is a nature reserve over-looked by two hides. Visitors centre at west end of lake.

Walking: Walks from visitors centre. At the east end of the lake there is a short 800m walk to a hide

Access: Car park and picnic tables at the visitors centre.


Above: Penrhos Coastal Park

Woodland, ponds, Beddmanarch bay. Flowers, waders, wildfowl and all the wildlife you expect to see in coastal parks and woodland. Many picnic sites to sit down and enjoy the attractive scenery and breath-taking views are available (you can see a picnic bench in middle right of image)

Walking: Woodland, lakeside walks with disabled access

Access: Car park, café, picnic area and a hide are available in Penrhos coastal park

Newborough Forest and Llyn Parc Mawr (no picture)

A staggering pine forest with glades and rides for kids. Llyn Parc Mawr is a forest lake on the north side of the road. Birds include Siskins, Crossbills, Ravens and waterfowl can all be seen in this wild-life rich environment.

Walking: Miles of walks through forest and around Llyn Parc Mawr

Access: There is a main forest car park especially fo this site which features a picnic area

Human Attractions


Above: South stack light house

South Stack Lighthouse was constructed in 1809 on the north west coast of Anglesey as a warning beacon to passing vessels of the treacherous rocks below. This spectacular lighthouse, with its difficult decent, is now open to the public after thirteen years of closure.image16.pngimage17.jpg

On the way down over 400 steps you will be able to view the awesome geology of the surrounding vertical cliff faces.

On the island you will also be able to:

See exhibitions on the bird life and the natural environment,

Watch the sea birds at close quarters,

Learn of the history of the lighthouse

And discover the variety of natural habitats and complex rock formations

Walking: South stack cliffs RSPB nature reserve offers a fantastic wide range of walks for people of all ages and abillities whilst providing stunning views whichever walk you decide to go on.

There is a visitors centre there with close-circuit cameras to show you nesting birds.

Access: five car parks along road close to nature reserve. Café.



Above: Beumaris castle

This is the main human tourist attraction on Anglesey.

Begun in 1295, this unfinished castle is the last and largest of King Edward the 1st’s Welsh fortifications. Designed by the king’s mason-architect, Master James of St George, it is a perfect example of a concentrically planned castle. Formidable defences survive, surrounded by a partly restored moat. World Heritage Site.

Access: There is a car park 200m away from the main entranceimage02.jpg


Above: Holyhead harbour in the 1960’s

Holyhead is an important port for ferry traffic to Ireland. If you are staying in Anglesey a day trip out to Ireland is a must. The extensive harbour is protected by a breakwater.

Access: Holyhead reached by A5


This is the Menai Bridge. It crosses the menai straits. This is one of only two bridges that connect mainland Wales with Anglesey.image06.jpg

We recommend these hotels in Anglesey:

Nant Yr Odyn Country Hotel & Restaurant Ltdimage10.jpgimage07.jpgimage08.jpgimage09.jpg

The Bull Hotel

Woburn Hill Hotel

The Bulkeley Hotel

        This was our favourite beach in Anglesey:





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