Lighthouse on a hill in Anglesey

The Best Things to do on the Isle of Anglesey

Find inspiration for the best things to do on the Isle of Anglesey. From Beaumaris Castle to the Copper Kingdom – the story of Parys Mountain copper mine, there is plenty of history to discover. Meanwhile, if you are looking for something more active, take your pick from activities such as long coastal walks, an array of water sports and track days at the Anglesey Circuit.

Colourful rocks in the landscape at Parys Mountain, a former copper mine near Amlwch On Anglesey

Copper Kingdom and Parys Mountain

In the 1780s, Parys Mountain, near the town of Amlwch, was the largest copper mine in the world. Along with the thriving port, which meant copper could easily be transported overseas too, the area was firmly on the copper rush map.

For a fascinating insight into what life was like for the 1,500 workers that mined here, visit Copper Kingdom. There’s an exhibition and interactive experience, plus a beautiful walk to enjoy on Parys Mountain itself.

The unusual landscape comprises colourful layers of rock and there are several points of interest to seek out. Take a look at the windmill, the pools and the spectacular Great Opencast that was shaped by picks, shovels and gunpowder. Plus, there are incredible views of the Anglesey countryside and coast.

South Stack Lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey on a clear day

South Stack Lighthouse

Just north west of Holyhead, there’s a little island with a spectacular, historic landmark – the South Stack Lighthouse. You can admire it from afar or if you’re feeling fit, you can take the tour.

To reach the lighthouse, there’s a descent of 400 steps down the steep cliffs of the mainland, then a covered bridge to cross over to the island. Once at the lighthouse, you can take a tour of the former engine room and then climb the steps up to see the lamp room.

As well as a good slice of heritage, the lighthouse offers incredible sea views, and the awesome sounds of crashing waves can be heard below. South Stack is also a great place for birdwatchers to catch a glimpse of seabirds such as guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

A young girl in pink enjoying a day out at Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle and Gaol

Beaumaris Castle, built in the 13th century, is a fine example of military architecture of the time, albeit unfinished. As you explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, be sure to admire the moat and walk along the ramparts for stunning views across the Menai Strait.

Whilst in town, do also visit Beaumaris Gaol and see how Victorian prisoners were held. Amongst the many things to see is a treadmill that prisoners used in order to pump water up to the top floor cells.

When you’ve had your fill of history, Beaumaris is a lovely place for a coffee in one of the cafes or some fish and chips beside the sea.

A young boy enjoying a paddle boarding lesson in the sea at Anglesey on a summer day

Water sports

With over 100 miles of coastline, including beautiful beaches, Anglesey is a great place for water sports enthusiasts. Whether it’s a major passion, or you simply want to try a new activity for the first time, there is plenty to choose from.

In the summer months, paddleboarding or wakeboarding on the Menai Strait is fun. Or there are providers around the island that offer surfing and kitesurfing lessons. If you are a diver, diving opportunities include shipwrecks and reefs. There’s sailing too and fun RIB boat rides to embark on.

Perhaps, you’d prefer coasteering? Anglesey’s coastline is perfect for this fun and energetic experience that involves climbing, jumping, swimming and scrambling over rocks and through the sea water.

The coastal path on the Isle of Anglesey by an old little chapel

Walking the coastal path

One of the best things to do on the Isle of Anglesey if you like to go out walking, is head to the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. It follows most of the island’s coastline and comprises coastal heath, salt marshes and dunes, plus some woodland and farmland.

Some of the highlights include Holyhead Island which is the highest point on the island. There are the sea arches too, which are visible from the Rhoscolyn Headland. Meanwhile, romantics should walk to the ruins of St Dwynwen’s Church, dedicated to Wales’ patron saint of lovers.

There’s plenty of flora and fauna as well and the nature reserve at Cemlyn Bay, where the sea meets a saltwater lagoon, is home to a colony of terns.

The exterior of Plas Newydd from the water in Anglesey

Plas Newydd and red squirrels

If you like historic houses and beautiful gardens to match, Plas Newydd is a must. Inside the house, there is an exhibition telling of the history as the home of the Marquess of Anglesey. However, it is the gardens that are the star attraction.

There are 40 acres of them, along with 129 acres of woodland and parkland. The borders and Italianate terraces are a blaze of colour from spring to autumn. The tulips in March, the rhododendrons in May and the dahlias in July are just some of the showstoppers. Plus, there’s a lawned area with specimen trees.

If you’re on a family-friendly holiday on Anglesey, Plas Newydd is a great place for outdoor fun. There are family-friendly trails in the grounds and as you wander, keep your eyes peeled for the adorable resident red squirrels.

Happy staff at the Menai Bridgee Dylan's restaurant

Savour Michelin Star dining

One of the best things to do on the Isle of Anglesey for gourmands is savour Michelin Star cuisine. Situated on the Menai Bridge High Street is the Michelin-starred Sosban & The Old Butchers. Housed inside a former butcher store, with Welsh slate walls, the restaurant offers an intimate ambience and a different kind of fine dining experience.

The menu remains a secret but unfolds throughout the evening in a series of dishes created from local ingredients. There are just a few tables, and the restaurant is only open Thursday Friday and Saturday, so book early to secure a place.

Away from the Michelin Star scene, there are many superb restaurants including some of our favourites: Catch 22 Brasserie at Holyhead, Sandy Mount House in Rhosneigr and Dylan’s at Menai Bridge.

Anglesey Circuit / Trac Môn race track overlooking the Irish sea towards Snowdonia

Motorsports at the Anglesey Circuit

The thrill of motorsports can be enjoyed at Anglesey Circuit (or Trac Môn in Welsh) in Ty Croes. From car and motorcycle racing to car sprints and rallies, there is a full programme of events throughout the year. What’s more, the west coast location is beautiful and overlooks the Irish Sea and the mountains of Snowdonia.

You can book tickets to watch an event. Or, if you want to get more hands on, there are a variety of track day experiences to book. So, if you wish, you can whizz around the track in a variety of performance cars, for that adrenalin rush, trying to beat your time with every lap.


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