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Anglesey

Sea view courtesy Visit Wales The island of Anglesey is separated from the mainland by the fifteen-mile long Menai Strait, carved by glaciation during the Ice Age. The strait's tidal currents can reach up to 8 knots (15 km/h) in the narrow region between the island and mainland. Many ferry and boat accidents occurred before the bridges were built.

Sea view by Barbara Ballard Dingle Nature reserve courtesy Visit Wales Anglesey's 125 miles (201 km) of coastline are a mix of rocky headlands, sandy bays and resort towns. The varied habitats of Anglesey mean that it abounds with birds, plants and other wildlife. Apart from the coastline, most of the island is agricultural or marshland. The entire island has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Red Wharf Bay by Barbara Ballard The beaches at Newborough and Red Wharf Bay are particularly fine. At low tide, Red Wharf Bay's sands encompass 10 square miles (25 sq. km), attracting waterfowl and wading birds.

Barcloid burial chamber by Barbara Ballard Anglesey was the last stronghold of the Druids, who were finally eradicated here by the Roman conquerors around 63AD, and the island has been home to strange legends and myths ever since. It is riddled with standing stones and burial chambers. Cadw is the best source for the location of these ancient sites, with 14 on the Island under its care. One of particular note is Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber.

Beaumaris castle by Barbara Ballard The seaside resort of Beaumaris is home to beautiful Georgian buildings and Victorian terraces as well as black and white Tudor houses. Llywelyn the Great's wife, Joan (daughter of King John), is buried in the parish church. 15th century pubs and an early 17th century Court House and Gaol add to the architectural diversity of the town. The Gaol is now a museum where visitors can see the terrors of prison life. The Museum of Childhood is a bit more uplifting. Moated Beaumaris Castle, begun as part of Edward I's defenses to keep Wales subdued, was never finished. It is a World Heritage listed site.

Plas Newydd by Barbara Ballard Plas Newydd, (not to be confused with the house of the same name at Llangollen) home of the Marquis of Anglesey, is an 18th century house built by James Wyatt in both Classical and Gothic styles. It houses a massive mural painted by Rex Whistler and an exhibition about his work.

Llanfair station courtesy Visit Wales It is two miles (3km) from the village of Llanfair PG, blessed with the longest place name in the world: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which means "St. Mary's Church by the white aspen over the whirlpool and St. Tysilio's Church by the red cave"). It's a 19th century name adopted for its tourist value, and not the original name of the village. Call it Llanfair PG.

Holyhead Hut group courtesy Cadw The town of Holyhead, located on Holy Island, eight miles (13km) long and four miles (6km) wide, is separated from Anglesey by a sandy strait. It is the largest town on Anglesey and is a popular destination for sports and beach activities. Ferries go from here to Dublin, Ireland. Ancient hut circles are found on Holyhead Mountain.

The Oriel Ynys Mon Museum and Art Gallery contains displays on Anglesey's history, culture and environment as well as changing art exhibitions.

Anglesey Attractions

For opening times and full details of attractions see the Attractions section of our website.

Aberffraw Fort
Aberffraw, on the A4080

Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber
On A4080, short walk from Porth Trecastell beach

Beaumaris Castle
Bangor, off the A545
Tel. 0 248 810 361
For more on the castle and photos see our article Beaumaris

Beaumaris Courthouse and Gaol
Castle St, Beaumaris
Tel. 0 1248 811 691

Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber
From A4080 signposted Llandaniel Fab
near Plas Llwynonn; .5 mile walk from farm

Bryn Gwyn Stones
Walk from A4080, south of Brynsiencyn

Caer Gybi
Holyhead, on west shore of the harbour
At site of St Gybi church

Caer Leb Earthwork
By minor roads from Brynseincyn to Melin Bodowyr

Caer Y Twr
On the summit of Holyhead Mt; 2 miles from town on Holyhead; reached by footpath

Carreglwyd House and Gardens
Llanfaethlau, Holyhead
Tel. 0 1407 730 208
Web: Carreglwyd Gardens

Castell Aberlleiniog
Two miles north of Beaumaris

Castell Bryn Gwyn
Farm track from A4080; one mile west of Brynsiencyn

Cefni Forest and Lake
1.5 miles north of Llangefni on the B5109 and west of the B5111

Din Dryfol Burial Chamber
B4422 from Bethel signposted Soar
Take farm road to Fferm Rhosydd, near Bodorgan

Din Lligwy Hut Group

Henblas Country Park
Bodorgan
On the B4422 Aberffraw road
Tel. 0 1407 840 440

Holyhead Maritime Museum
Newry Beach, Holyhead
Tel. 0 1407 769 745
Web: Holyhead Maritime Museum

Holyhead Mountain Hut Group
Anglesey, at Holyhead

Holyhead Mountain Watch-tower
Holyhead, on the B4585

Llanbadrig Church
Cemaes, on the A5025

Llaneilian Church
Llaneilian, off the A5025

Llangadwaladr Church
Aberffraw, on the A4080

Lligwy Burial Chamber and Din Lligwy Hut Group
Off A5025, north of Llanallgo

Llyn Alaw SSSI
Minor roads off B5111 from Llanerchymedd
Holyhead Island
Tel. 0 1407 730 762

Melin Llynnon Mill
Llanddeusant

Museum of Childhood Memories
1 Castle Street, Beaumaris
Tel. 0 1248 712 498

Oriel Ynys Mon Museum and Art Gallery
Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, Ynys Mon, LL77 7TQ
Tel. 0 1248 724 444

Penmon Priory
Off the B5109 at Penmon

Penrhos Feilw and Tymawr Standing Stones
Between Holyhead and Penrhosfeilw

Plas Berw
Llanfihangel Esceifiog

Plas Newydd House and Gardens
Llanfairpwll; on the A5
Tel. 0 248 714 795

Presaddfed Burial Chamber
B5109 to minor road east of Bodedern; signposted Penllyn; the private drive signposted Presaddfed

St Cybi Church
Holyhead, on the A5

Trefignath Burial Chamber
Minor road off B4545 near Holyhead

Ty Newydd Burial Chamber
Minor road from A4080

Anglesey Visitor Information Centres

Llanfairpwll
Station Site, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, LL61 5UJ
Tel. 0 1248 713 177; Fax. 0 1248 715 711
All year

Photos courtesy of Vist Wales, Countryside Council for Wales, Cadw, and by Barbara Ballard

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