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Attractions and Activities on Anglesey

Anglesey is the perfect location for coastal activities ranging from scuba diving to boat trips.

Anglesey Divers

Anglesey Divers

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If you have ever fancied learning to scuba dive, if it is already a confirmed passion of yours or if you are looking to refresh your diving knowledge, look no further than this 5* PADI dive centre. With courses suitable for beginners, master and specialty courses are also available. Their shop, run by experienced staff, offers everything from swimwear and snorkeling equipment to full scuba gear. There is also a workshop well-established in servicing most major brands of scuba equipment. Anglesey has some wonderful coastline and once you have mastered the basics there are some really interesting dive sites and challenging wrecks to explore. Moving away from the shore there is also plenty of spectacular marine life to discover.

Rib Ride Boat Tours

Rib Ride Boat Tours

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Rated the best activity in Menai Bridge on TripAdvisor, Rib Ride Boat Tours is perfect for those wanting a thrill-seeking adventure. Take the Menai Straits boat tour with a number of routes available including the Menai Suspension Bridge route which has shipwrecks, rocks and whirlpools. For more of a sightseeing tour you can choose to go and see the puffins on Puffin Island, or take in the impressive castles in the area. Alternatively, jump on a Bear Grylls Rib Ride and explore the cliffs and crevices situated around Anglesey and it’s surrounding small islands full of wildlife. The friendly skippers are proud of the area in which they live and work, so you will be in capable hands - they are keen to share their knowledge but also want to ensure that for every moment the boat is moving, your adrenaline is pumping. This is certainly a ‘laugh a minute’ activity that you will never forget!

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Pili Palas Nature World

Pili Palas Nature World

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Voted as Anglesey’s Top Family Attraction, Pili Palas Nature World is a small zoo perfect for the whole family. You can get involved with handling some of the animals, such as snakes, tarantulas, millipedes, rabbits, guinea pigs, giant snails and many more. Step into the butterfly house with its waterfalls and plants, and enjoy the experience of butterflies flying all around you. Make sure you also go and see the pygmy goats, Kune Kune pigs, hens, cockerels and meerkats. As if all of these animals aren’t exciting enough, Pili Palas also has an indoor play area for toddlers, and a giant bouncy castle and adventure playground for the older kids. If the children still have heaps of energy, there’s also a play barn and ‘Lennys Castle’ for them to enjoy.

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Anglesey Sea Zoo

Anglesey Sea Zoo

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Anglesey Sea Zoo boasts the biggest aquarium in Wales and has over 150 native species. Step into the No Bone Zone, the Seven Sisters Shipwreck, the Lobster Hatchery, the Seahorse Nursery, and many more underwater scenes. Are you brave enough to walk along the grids of the Shark Pool? Learn more about these fascinating underwater species with daily talks and feeds with the zoo’s biologists. For fun away from the water, enjoy the Octojump Bouncy Castle, Pirate’s Playground, Captain Jake’s Crazy Golf, Gator Swamp Boats and the Cannon Blaster. With all of this surrounded by the picturesque landscapes of the Isle of Anglesey and the Snowdonia National Park, the day will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.

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Beaumaris Castle

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

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

Beaumaris Gaol

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”.
Walk into the dimly lit corridors of Beaumaris Gaol and see for yourself how prisoners in the Victorian era lived when they were imprisoned there. The largely unaltered building (built in 1829) provides an authentic experience for the thousands of people that visit every year. Wander around the jail at your own pace and see the cells, prison kitchen, hospital ward, chapel, governor’s office and the wash-house. Your self-guided audio tour tells you about the history of prisoners that were transported to the numerous penal colonies in Australia, and also the stories of two men who were executed at Beaumaris Gaol. Step into the “death cell” where prisoners used to wait for their execution, and then walk the same route they went down to get to the gallows, which are still in situ. A fascinating, and possibly haunting, day of education.

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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

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.

Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd

One of the UK's finest mansion house settings, Plas Newydd stands 1 mile south of Llanfairpwll on the Menai Strait, with magnificent views of Snowdonia. It's open throughout the year and boasts large parkland gardens, woodland walks, an adventure trail and a marine walk along the Menai Strait.