Spotlight on Anglesey
It was in the news a couple of days ago that a new interactive app allows you to see what Beaumaris Castle would have looked like if the plans had been followed through and the castle completed. CADW have invested £170,000 into developing the app and other improvements to the visitor experience at the site including a family trail.
This got me thinking about Anglesey and what a brilliant destination it is for families. My mum used to spend most of her school summer holidays with her cousins on the island and has wonderful sun-filled memories but I have yet to take my little one there. Due to the location of good friends we often gravitate back to South Wales but we really should make our way up north.
With miles of sandy beaches and hidden coves there is plenty for seaside enthusiasts and a beautiful coastline teeming with wildlife can be explored by boat trips or for the older more adventurous family why not try out coasteering or even scuba diving? Most of the coastline has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which means plenty of nature reserves to discover. If you want to see marine life up close and personal but don’t fancy donning a wetsuit then head to Anglesey Sea Zoo. This unique aquarium centre focuses purely on UK coastline species and you can learn all about many of the inhabitants of the sea that surrounds the island. There are also plenty of interactive exhibitions to enjoy – even picking out your own pearl oyster!
For the heritage buffs there is of course Beaumaris Castle as previously mentioned and if you don’t know already it still looks like a ‘proper castle’ with an impressive moat, stones gatehouses, round towers and battlements you can walk on. The National Trust Plas Newydd House and Gardens, an C18th mansion set in enchanting grounds with views over the Menai Straits to Snowdonia offers another great family day out. Have fun on the adventure playground or try your hand at Frisbee golf! Foel Farm Park is also well worth a visit, even if just to purchase some delicious chocolate from the Anglesey Chocolate Farm on site.
This is just a snapshot of what the island has to offer but if you really can’t find activities to suit you for your entire stay you can of course just head back over the bridge and spend the day in the Snowdonia National Park or visit the magnificent Caernarfon Castle.
Anglesey would make a fantastic location for your next holiday in Wales and I hope to see you there!