Overview: a small, hidden island that sits tranquilly to the side of the whirlpools and eddies of The Swellies of the Menai Strait between Anglesey and mainland Wales. The main feature of the island is the fifteenth-century St Tysilio’s Church, it’s churchyard with headstones of an eclectic mix of past lives, and ancient yews. A grade II listed war memorial sits on the highpoint of the island at approximately 10 metres.
Location: south of Menai Bridge, Anglesey
How to get to Church Island, Anglesey: cross to Anglesey on the A5 using the Menai Suspension Bridge, take first exit on the roundabout, pass Waitrose on the left and park in Coed Cyrnol car park (GR SH 554 719). Walk west on the footpath down to the island.
Access to Church Island: the causeway to the island is accessible on all tides, except the highest of Spring tides
Dog friendly: Yes
Food and drink: The Green Olive vegan restaurant, Menai Bridge
Accommodation in Menai Bridge:
Luxury: built into the cliffside, immediately below Menai Suspension Bridge Manadwyn holiday house is a stunning place to watch the ever-changing currents of The Swellies
Mid-range: Maen Hir Guesthouse, warm welcome and hearty Welsh breakfast
Camping: Caerhun Farm, a Welsh smallholding with tent pitches, pods and a retro caravan.
Best things to do on Church Island:
- Watch the whirlpools of The Swellies
- Enjoy a short walk around the island
- Discover more about the lives of those buried in the churchyard here
Look out for:
- Great views of Menai Suspension Bridge & Pont Brittania
- Watching for egrets, oystercatchers, curlew and terns
- Primroses in spring time
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