Best Places to Visit in Anglesey
With over 120 miles of coastline, Anglesey is a popular destination for travelers to North Wales. Beautiful sandy beaches and coves line the east and west coasts of the island, known in Welsh as Ynys Mon. The island’s north coast is more rugged, with cliff-top walks and miles of scenery, and the south coast is separated from the mainland by the Menai Strait, a fast-moving waterway.
Market towns, castles, seaside resorts, lighthouses and beautiful countryside form the fabric of the island. It’s a great place to visit and easily accessible from the North West of England via the A55. You can explore the island as you wish in a relaxed atmosphere and there is plenty to do. Here are my thoughts on the best places to visit in Anglesey.
Our tour turns counterclockwise around Anglesey, stopping along the way. Most of the great sites found are on the beach, but we traveled briefly inland. There are two road junctions on the island – the historic Menai Bridge and the newer Britannia Bridge (junction A55 provides a direct link to Holyhead Harbour). So, are you ready to explore the island’s best beaches, landmarks and scenery?
Have a look at our list of the Best Places to Visit in Anglesey and make your trip enjoyable.
10 Best Places to Visit in Anglesey
Let’s explore the top 10 Most Beautiful and Best Places to Visit in Anglesey:
First in the list of Anglesey attractions is the beautiful town of Beaumaris – a picturesque place with a view stretching from the Menai Gorge to Snowdonia. The historic seaside town is charming and an ideal starting point for exploring Anglesey. The coastal setting offers opportunities for walks along the shore and marina, and boat trips to the surrounding coastline and nearby Puffin Island.
The standout feature of Beaumaris was its dominant caste, which stood proudly on the fringes of the city. Beaumaris Castle was built in the 13th century as part of Edward I’s plans to build the Iron Ring Castle (along with Conwy, Caernarfon and Halleich) in North Wales, but was never completed. The castle is open to visitors, operated by CADW, and is well worth a self-guided tour and a stroll through the dark corridors. The high walkway around the castle also offers great views of Snowdonia.
Beaumaris has several hotels and the town is full of great restaurants, bars and cafes. Historic streets are also full of independent shops and boutiques. We stayed at the historic Bull Beaumaris and ate at their own restaurant, Coach Kitchen and Garden.
2. Penmon Point
Penmon Point, on the southeastern tip of Anglesey, is a spectacular ‘must see’ attraction on the island, accessible via the toll road. A wild pebble beach with views of Puffin Island and the North Wales coast, Penmon Point’s main feature is the stunning Trwyn Du Lighthouse, perched on a ledge close to the beach. The current lighthouse, completed in 1838, is 29 meters high and has a black and white striped design. For visitors to Penmon Point, the Pilot House Cafe offers a very friendly welcome and a variety of hot and cold treats, drinks and cakes.
3. Red Wharf Bay & The Boat House
Red Wharf Bay is a small village and large bay on Anglesey’s east coast and a great place for lunch while exploring Anglesey. It is also a great place for nature lovers, with abundant wildlife. We had lunch at The Boat House overlooking the bay. A cozy bar and bistro with an extensive menu offering numerous light meals and main courses, including a large selection of locally sourced seafood. A stroll down the bay along the coastal path is a great way to burn off lunch calories.
4. Porth Wen Brick Works
A great walk along the Anglesey Beach Trail is the walk to Porth Wen Brick Works. The remains of a Victorian brick factory hidden in a secluded cove are only visible from the coastal road or water. Head west on the A5025 between Amlwch and Cemaes and you will find several parking lots on the right side of the road to park your car. From here you can follow the road to Torllwyn, where you will see a public walkway and a door on the right. The path through this gorge goes uphill before curving towards the beach and offers stunning views of the rugged Anglesey coastline.
Where the trail meets the main coastal road, the chimneys of Porth Wen Brickworks appear below the water’s edge. There is a small road to the brick factory but it is very steep and narrow. Coming to the location of the Porthwan Brick Factory, the scale of the ruins is revealed. Stunning remains of Victorian red-brick buildings such as chimneys, warehouses, furnaces and a large circular furnace. The brick factory began operating in the mid-19th century and ceased operations sometime in the early 20th century, but it is surprising how many buildings are still standing.
Safety is an important factor due to the nature of the location, so be careful when navigating the area. We did not enter any buildings, we observed them from afar. The pebble beach with natural stone arches stretching out towards the sea and the small pier area create a striking setting. Definitely one of the weirdest and best places to go in Anglesey.
5. Melin Lyndon
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to deviate from Windmills when planning my trip to Anglesey. But when he heard we were coming to visit, a Holyhead friend who had moved to the south of England recommended Merlin Lennon. Not only to visit this amazing windmill but also to taste and buy their chocolate – Siocled. I’m sold.
MELIN LLYNON is a fantastic tourist destination in the northwest of Anglesey, inland, with historic reconstructions and windmills from the 1770s. Owned and operated by the famous pastry chef Richard Holt, the cafe has a cafe serving delicious cakes (during our visit it was temporarily converted into a shop selling goods by a local producer due to Covid-19 restrictions).
During this time, they acclimatized and employees became chocolatiers by launching the wildly popular Siocled. There is an interesting Willy Wonka feel to it, where bronze tickets found in some Siocled bars are presented with prizes of cakes made by Richard. There are also Melin Llynon gin varieties.
6. South Stack Lighthouse
Hop on the Holy Isle and pass through Holyhead to Anglesey’s next top attraction, the South Stark Lighthouse. South Stack Lighthouse was built in 1809 and sits on a rocky ledge on the northwest tip of Anglesey. Located in the South Stack Cliffs Nature Reserve under the RSPB’s watch, the area is teeming with coastal wildlife and many species of seabirds can be seen on the area’s cliffs.
The South Stark Lighthouse is generally open to visitors and can be accessed by walking 400 steps down the cliff edge, which offers stunning views of the cliff and the waves below. Watch out for gulls, razors and even gulls nesting in the area. Visitors can tour the cabin before getting a chance to climb to the top of the lighthouse. This is truly a great place.
7. Treddur Bay and Rhoscolin
Heading south from South Stark on Holy Island, we arrive at the first of many stunning beaches on Anglesey’s west coast. Treaddur Bay is a quaint beach resort nestled in a gorgeous sheltered bay. We walked along the beach one afternoon, then walked to the water, imagining how beautiful it would be on a warm summer day. Treaddur Bay has many cafes, bars and restaurants close to the beach with ample parking.
At the southern end of the Sacred Island, we veered off many narrow winding roads to the magnificent Rocklin Beach Bay. A short walk from the parking lot to the beach, the view of the bay opened right in front of us. What a great view. The curving bay, clear waters and gently rippling waves look idyllic even on a late winter afternoon.
The magnificent rocky shoreline guarding the bay and the old lifeboat station reflected in the water make for stunning coastal scenery. There is a clear return visit schedule during the summer months.
8. Oyster Catcher
Anglesey’s west coast offers some of the best dining opportunities on the island. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a fine dining experience, the island has something for every taste. We stopped for lunch at the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr. THE OYSTER CATCHER is a contemporary two-story glass building with a backdrop of coastal dunes that offers a great dining experience. There is a bar downstairs where you can enjoy a cold drink and dine from the bar menu or choose to dine at the restaurant upstairs.
Their main menu features a variety of dishes with an emphasis on seafood, as you would expect. There is also a small plate menu of daily specials – perfect for a quick and tasty lunch. Not surprisingly, I chose the delicious fish and chips.
I’m surprised to have never seen the Oyster Fowler restaurant of the same name while living on the beach. A common sight (and sound) on the island, the Oystercatcher is a black-and-white wading bird with a long orange beak that makes a distinctive, high-pitched sound. It feeds on mussels and mussels, which can be found on many Anglesey beaches. I’ve also seen them approaching the house since then!
After lunch, the winter afternoon sun began to set, so we decided to burn off our calories by checking out the beach with a stroll through the expansive dunes. Rhosneigr has two award-winning beaches of long sand backed by tall dunes. Great for winter walks.
9. Porth Tyn Tywyn Beach
During our visit, I was watching the weather closely, hoping to see one of those dramatic winter sunsets. My plan was to go to Landwin Island, but Sunset had other ideas. We headed south from Rhosneigr Beach, watching the orange glow in the sky shine brighter.
We stumbled upon a parking lot a few miles south of Rossnagel and jumped at the chance. It seemed that mountainous dunes were blocking our view from Broadbeach (Porth Tyn Tywyn), but when we reached the top, we saw a magnificent strip of golden sand with the sun hanging just above the horizon. Excellent.
We walked along the beach and settled on a rocky ledge where we watched the sun slowly sink behind the horizon. Waves pound against the rocks, tossing them into the fresh winter air. The sky was on fire—bright oranges, reds, and pinks reflected in the waves of the Irish Sea. Felt like we have this beautiful island of Anglesey to ourselves, except for a few dog walkers which were great.
10. Anglesey Sea Zoo
In the Menai Strait and the southern part of the island, one of Anglesey’s most popular destinations for families is the Anglesey Sea Zoo. The Sea Zoo is a wonderful, fun and educational day out with over 40 tanks showcasing British marine wildlife.
Anglesey Marine Zoo is a very conservationist with its captive breeding, resettlement, conservation and education programs (I always think before visiting animal attractions). In addition, they regularly organize beach cleanups and conduct litter surveys for the Ocean Conservancy.
Hope you like our choice of the best places to visit in Anglesey. If you think there are some more beautiful places to visit in Anglesey, we should cover them. Write us below in the comment box.