Cottages on Anglesey
The 125 mile Anglesey Coast Path follows much of the islands coastline and varied landscape, and is also a part of the 870 mile long Wales Coast Path (the first path in the world to offer a formal trail all the way around the country’s coastline). Walk along the path and come across broad sandy beaches, soaring sea cliffs, tranquil villages and buildings with high historical importance. Whatever you would like to see when walking in Wales, the Anglesey Coast Path has it all.
If you're staying on Anglesey, make sure to visit the following attractions. For further information on activities and attractions, please visit the Anglesey Guide using the link below.
- Beaumaris Castle. Situated in the village of Beaumaris and looking out to Snowdonia, this castle was Edward I largest and last impressive build. After 35 years of building works which started in 1295, money ran out. Unfortunately this left the castle incomplete. From an architectural point of view, Beaumaris Castle is the most technically perfect castle in the UK with its superb symmetrical concentric design of “walls within walls”. If you’re visiting, walk along the top of the castle walls where soldiers would have paced ready for battle, and take in the stunning surrounding scenery.
- Beaumaris Courthouse. Built in 1614, the courthouse still takes pride of place in this history-rich community. Many suspects have walked though it’s doors over the years, ranging from a petty this to murderers and notorious criminals. A formal court is now only held there once a year, but the courthouse has become a popular attraction among visitors. Open from April to October, visit the courthouse and follow in the footsteps of previous criminals. Enter the prisoner’s room and walk the path that they would have taken to the dock. Once inside the court room, wander around and take a seat in the mayor’s box and the jury area, as well as visiting the Grand Jury room where the Jury went to deliberate their verdict.
- Beaumaris Gaol. Built in 1829, and expanded in 1867, this former jail has now become a popular museum. Showcasing how prisoners were brutally treats in Victorian times. Trace the prisoners footsteps by exploring the darkness of the punishment cell and wondering the corridors. You can also learn the history of how prisoners were sent to the Gaol for execution. Most prisoners who had received the death punishment were given very hard labour or transported to Australian penal colonies. However, two hangings did take place with both men buried within the gaol’s walls, although it is not known in which exact spot their remains lie.
- Copper Kingdom. Located on Parys Mountain near Amlwch, Copper Kingdom refers to what was once the largest copper mine in the world. Visit the award-winning Copper Kingdom Centre and wander around the interactive displays to learn about the history of copper mining in the area.
- Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrhdrobwlllantysiliogogogoch, or Llanfair PG for short, is a really popular tourist spot for obvious reasons. The town name is actually a sentence that was put together in the 19th Century in an attempt to turn the town into a commercial and tourist centre. In English the name translates to: St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the rapid whirlpool of Llantysilio of the red cave. Many tourists visit the town just to have their photo taken in front of the Railway Station, with the name plaque behind them. LlanfairPG is the longest place name in Britain and is it made up of 58 characters, therefore making a space for it in the Guinness Book of Records.
- South Stack Lighthouse. Situated on a small rocky island just off the northern coast of Anglesey, South Stack Lighthouse was completed in 1809 and is classed as the most famous and picturesque lighthouse in the area. To reach the lighthouse, you would need to walk down 400+ steps, but don’t forget that it’s the same amount back up! Once you’ve reached the bottom of the steps, you would need to walk a small distance across a bridge which takes you over the sea and rocks below. You can then wander around the small island and see the exhibition about the 200 year history of the lighthouse, before taking a guided tour 28 metres to the top. After learning all about the lighthouse, make sure you visit Elin’s tower. The tower is an RSPB visitor centre where you can educate yourself about the different birds that nest in the area.