It’s unlikely you’ll miss this Anglesey highlight, the Menai Suspension Bridge. Built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1826 it’s the first modern suspension bridge in the world. Prior to its construction cattle farmers would somehow have to persuade their herd to swim across the Menai Straits to market.
There are countless places worth visiting along the 125 mile/200km coastal path of Anglesey. Geologists may keel over at the 100 or more rock types here and archaeologists will love visiting one of the largest collections of ancient sites in Britain. Nature lovers will enjoy spotting a variety of rare birds, while history buffs will be intrigued by visits from notable figures such as Oliver Cromwell and Charles Dickens.
This stunning outcrop jutting from the mainland is one of the most picturesque locations in Wales. The ruined church was once home to Saint Dwynwen, the Welsh patron saint of lovers from the 5th century AD. When her true love Maelon was turned to ice, Dwynwen had the good sense to move to Llanddwyn Island – and probably didn’t regret it for a minute.C
There are surprises around every corner in Anglesey. It’s worth adding to the list that Amlwch once featured the largest copper mine in the world. In the late 1800s there were nearly 10,000 people resident in Amlwch, roughly half the population of New York at the time, according to entertaining local historians. The unique landscape of Parys Mountain is well worth a visit.
You don’t have to be an enthusiastic bird watcher to enjoy a visit to this glorious, bracing outpost of Anglesey; you’ll soon be playing the time-honoured game of playing spot-the-puffin or one of the rare breeding pair of choughs among the colonies of guillemots and razorbills clinging to the cliffs at South Stack.E
Situated on the shore of the Menai Strait, this National Trust house dates back to the 18th century. It houses a military museum, an Australian arboretum and an exhibition of Rex Whistler paintings from the 1930s. Whether he played games of Frisbee Golf in the Dairy Wood during breaks is not known, but that option is now available to visitors.F
The last great castle built under Edward 1 in the 13th century, Beaumaris was never completed, not that you’d notice. It’s designated a World Heritage site and all its innovations remain for all to wonder at the devilish imagination and detail that went into its construction.G
You’ll have to be lucky to catch it, because the farmers’ market is held on the third Saturday of each month. If you do, you’ll be luckier still, as you’ll be able to buy delicious Welsh Black beef and fresh crab caught along the Anglesey coastline, as well as a range of handmade cheeses.H
If you’re looking for kingfishers, woodpeckers and moorhens you’ve come to the right place. This ancient 25 acre wooded valley is a hideaway carpeted with bluebells in the spring with various bridges and walkways to improve accessibility and picnic tables so you can really make the most of this almost mystical location.
There are six Blue Flag beaches on Anglesey and seven others who won a Seaside Award. Lligwy Bay is a sheltered bay on the North East of Anglesey, offering regular sightings of seals and dolphins. It was named one of the 10 Best Picnic Spots in Britain by Coast magazine.