Overview: Mam Cymru, ‘Mother of Wales’ is the largest island in Wales and England with its own set of fascinating satellite islands, a stunning coastline, charming villages and Wales’ greatest concentration of ancient sites. Separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait, it remains a stronghold of Welsh language and culture and lies in the shadow of the mountains of Snowdonia. A land of druids and saints, it holds some of Wales’ finest chambered cairns and passages including Barclodiad y Gawres, the largest Neolithic tomb in Wales, and Bryn Celli Ddu, where you can join Druids and celebrate the summer solstice. There are also hidden holy wells and possibly the oldest Christian remains in Wales, close to Penmon Priory. The charming harbour town of Beaumaris, a World Heritage Site , boasts a castle feted as the most technically perfect in Britain. More recent remains on the island include the impressively located ruins of Porth Wen Brickworks and the surreal, colourful moonscape of the copper mine at Parys Mountain – once the largest in the world. There are fabulous wild beaches at Newborough Warren, Aberffraw and Dulas which are perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities, and bird hotspots at Cemlyn Bay amongst many others.
Type of island: inhabited
Location: North Wales
How to get to Anglesey:
Road: two road bridges from mainland Wales cross the Menai Straits to Anglesey – the A5 from Bangor across the Menai Suspension Bridge and the A55 across the Pont Britannia so it is easily reached by car or bus and coach services.
Rail: direct links to London via Crewe station
Ferry: arrive at Holyhead from Dublin.
Getting around Anglesey: a 200-kilometre coast path around the whole island boasts some of the best scenery in Wales, while the extensive network of lanes and cycleways make cycling here a joy. Buses serve the main island hubs, villages and beaches. Trains between Bangor and Holyhead serves several stations including Llanfairpwll,Rhosneigr, Ty Croes and Valley.
Best time to go to Anglesey: Anglesey offers something special every season. Spring and summer are when most visitors come to the enjoy its stunning beaches and multiple watersports. These are the seasons when the wildflower meadows and formal gardens bloom and the widest range of marine birds and mammals can be seen, including dolphins and puffins, especially on one of the wildlife boat trips. In Autumn the rich colours are not to be missed, especially in the island’s woods, and it’s also the best time to see red squirrels. Winter brings spectacular storms and exhilarating beach and clifftop walks, whilst snowdrops and winter aconites flourish during the colder months. Festive events like the Plas Newydd Christmas Fair and Beaumaris Victorian Christmas Markets bring an extra touch of magic to the island in these darker months.
Access to Anglesey: two road bridges; ferry; air
Dog friendly: Yes
Food and drink: there are too many great options to mentio
Accommodation on Anglesey:
Camping on Anglesey: there are over 40 campsites in Anglesey
Motorhomes: there are multiple touring parks in Anglesey
Hotels, B&B and self-catering: Anglesey has a full range of accommodation
Contacts: Visit Anglesey
Best things to do in Anglesey:
- Go to the beach
- Walk the Anglesey Coast Path
- Nant y Pandy Nature Reserve
- Walk around Copper Mountain
- Penmon Priory and Penmon Point
- Explore Porth Wen Brickworks
- Ancient tombs and villages
- Cemlyn Bay tern
Nearby islands: whilst you are there why not explore:
Church Island – find out more here
LLanddwyn Island – find out more here
Ynys Fydlyn – find out more here
Holy Island – find out more here
- Look out for:
- Red squirrels
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