Welcome to our beautiful island!
However long your stay on Anglesey it will probably never quite be enough, because whatever time of year you visit the island there is always so much to see and do.
It is easy to escape into another time and way of life at one of our popular historic attractions. The stunning attractions range from striking castles, quaint old harbours, ancient burial chambers to numerous museums and galleries. You could reconnect with nature on one of our many wildlife trails or by visiting a country park. For those seeking more adventure, you can make the most of your Anglesey adventure by taking part in a variety of water-based activities. Rhosneigr has a great choice of water activities from sailing through to scuba diving.
Here, you can discover the beauty of the island, both coastal and inland, with an inspiring walk or gentle cycle ride. In addition you can chose to explore bustling local markets to find some delicious home grown treats. Or simply gather all the family to enjoy a picnic and an afternoon of rock pooling on one of our many beaches – the choice is yours.
To help you make the most of your holiday we have listed a few places to help you get started!
Greenwood Forest Park
GreenWood Forest Park
Voted Best Family Attraction in North Wales for five years running, days out don’t get much better than this! GreenWood Forest Park is set in 27 magical acres, and it’s easy to see why it’s a full day out – discovering woodland adventure, awesome attractions and forest family fun.
Jump aboard the world’s only people powered roller coaster, zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales, or embark on a jungle boat adventure! The children will love discovering the bouncy Giant Jumper, exploring the turrets of TreeTop Towers, taking their shoes and socks off for the BareFoot Trail and riding around on the zippy Moon Karts.
For those rainy days, discover the Enchanted WoodBarn- full of the latest indoor play. Young explorers will just love it!
In the Forest Theatre, you’ll find extraordinary entertainment every school holiday, including Smarty Marty the Clown, Harley’s Showtime and Ricardo the Pirate – they can’t wait to make you laugh. Get creative in the craft area where you can see local crafts people and make something unique to take home with you!
Smaller tots will also find a fun-filled adventure in the Little Forest PlayBarn, Toddlers Village, Tunnel Warren and the Little Green Run.
With so much to do on a day out, you’ll need a break! In the GreenOak Café, choose from delicious hot and cold meals, as well as a great selection of Fairtrade and locally sourced products. Or during school holidays, grab a bite from one of our great snack bars.
Visit www.greenwoodforestpark.co.uk for full details or call 01248 670076.
Family days out on Anglesey at Pili Palas can be a magical experience for all the family – whatever the weather! So come along – enter a steamy environment full of lush vegetation and waterfalls with LIVE butterflies flying all around you. This is the magical world of Pili Palas.
But there’s a lot more than just butterflies to see. You’ll meet Charlie, Elvis, Jake and a host of other feathered friends in our birdhouse. We have plenty of snakes and lizards of all kinds – and you’re sure to be able to get up close to some of them in our popular animal handling sessions.
If someone in your family likes bugs then they’ll have the time of their life in our bug-zone – home to our hissing cockroaches, millipedes, locusts, giant snails and much more. Then we dare you to visit the tropical lair of tarantulas, scorpions and fire-bellied toads. Don’t forget pets’ corner where you can meet the rabbits and guinea pigs. Take a walk through our farmyard where our pygmy goats Milly and Molly live happily with Bert and Ernie – our gorgeous Kune Kune pigs – and all our hens and cockerels.
The newest additions to Pili Palas’ animal family are John, Paul, George and Ringo – the FABULOUS MEERKATS!!
After you’ve seen all the animals, and explored our nature trail – toddlers can let off steam in our indoor play area – while older children can play on our giant bouncy castle or tackle our adventure playground. Kids can also have hours of fun in our exciting play barn and in Lenny’s castle in the park.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Incredible invertebrates in the No Bone Zone, and submarine Wolves! The thrill of crashing waves, before getting inside the Seven Sisters Shipwreck! See conservation in action at the Lobster Hatchery and the Seahorse Nursery. Then walk the Shark Pool grids, and glimpse a Kelp Forest full of huge fish. With over 150 species, all from around our coasts, come and discover
Interact & Play …
Get close to marine life with daily talks and feeds with our biologists. See live diving displays and later this year have a go at Virtual Scuba Diving, or even take to the ocean for real on a Sea Safari!
Outside there’s the massive Octojump bouncy castle, the Pirate’s Playground, Captain Jake’s Crazy Golf, Gator Swamp Boats, the Cannon Blaster and incredible shoreline views of Snowdonia with Anglesey ice cream for the big kids that just prefer to relax.
Shop & Eat …
Try a snack or meal at our award winning and fully licensed café, serving delicious home cooked food and daily specials, all from local sources.
Why not pick up a present or souvenir at Anglesey’s best toy and gift shop, from the very silly to the nautically nice, there’s something for everyone.
Non zoo visitors are always welcome a our café and gift shop.
Fish for your very own pearl oyster and watch while it is opened, cleaned, valued and even set in jewelry. A very unusual gift for you or someone special.
All standard tickets are valid for 7 days so you can see your fishy friends and marine mates again and again for free in the week following your first visit! A great deal for families!
South Stack Lighthouse
A number of visitors tell us how impressed they were with the peace and natural beauty of this coastline. And then to visit this important working lighthouse makes the visit worthwhile.
You may be interested in seeing porpoises and dolphins or bird watching, enjoying coastal views, rambling or climbing. This is the perfect spot to capture any or all of these things.
There is ample parking at the top of the cliffs, including one car park adjacent to South Stack Cafe. Depending on the conditions at the time, you may need to take a sweater or light jacket with you.
Mainly during the summer months people often go down the cliff path in light clothing. Also be aware that there are no toilets on the rock.
HOW TO GET HERE:
Take the A55 all the way to Holyhead. When you enter the town (passing MacDonald’s and Netto on your right) go straight across the big roundabout and stay in the left hand lane.
Then straight ahead at the lights and take the left turn into town immediately after the Cenotaph monument. You will see a town clock on your right.
Go up the one-way system (Thomas Street) and take a left turn at the top. This takes you past Holyhead High School and on to South Stack Road.
Keep following the Brown signs and you will find the lighthouse on the headland.
Also type LL65 1YH into Google Maps to get an overview. There are about 400 steps down to the steel framed bridge which spans the thirty metres between the mainland and the rocky stack.
If you venture off the steep cliff path it is slippery and dangerous. So parents would be advised to make sure young children do not climb off this main path.
Welsh Mountain Zoo
Set in North Wales, high above Colwyn Bay with panoramic views and breathtaking scenery, its beautiful gardens are home to this caring conservation zoo. Roam the wooded pathways, relax on the grassy slopes and spend a lovely day learning about many rare and endangered species from Britain and around the world.
Enjoy the Penguin Parade, Chimp Encounter, Bear Falls, Condor Haven and the Children’s Farm plus much more. Visit ‘Sealions Rock’ and watch the Californian Sea Lions being trained. Enjoy the exciting and extensive Jungle Adventureland and Tarzan Trail Adventure Playground. For the more technically inclined, visit our Media Centre, where you can do a virtual tour of the Zoo and play some great educational games.
They have a vast range of animals for you to meet including Snow Leopards, Brown Bears, Sumatran Tigers, Red Pandas, Camels, Penguins, Alligators, Wild Horses and much more.
They also have a Children’s Farm, where our younger visitors can have a close encounter with Goats, Rabbits, Ducks, Chickens and Guinea Pigs.
St Cwyfan's Church (Church in the Sea)
St Cwyfan’s Church is known as the ‘Church in the Sea’. It is to be found on a small tidal island called Cribinau located off the west coast of Anglesey and close to the village of Aberffraw. Also known as Llangwyfan the church can be reached on foot at low tide. Old maps show the church standing on the mainland of Anglesey but erosion by the sea of the boulder clay cliffs has since separated the church from the mainland.
The original site or “Llan” of Cwyfans would have been founded in the 7th Century and the building would have been of wattle and daub construction. The present building is said to date back to the 12th or 13th Century with the building undergoing many restorations. Some Norman masonry remains in the South wall, however the main body is 14th Century. The arched, braced roof timbers are partly 16th century. By the 19th Century the building was a roofless ruin but money was raised to repair the building and to build the massive sea defence walls that give the island it’s distinctive shape.
In the 21st Century the church was in the news when Cadw offered a grant to repair the building. The grant was conditional on the exterior of the building being finished in a cream coloured limewash. Locals were not happy with the colour scheme many preferring the weathered look of the old building but Cadw prevailed and St Cwyfan’s Church joined the many old Welsh buildings to receive the fashionable limewash finish. In 2008 the church was in the news again when an organ was presented to the church that had to be carried across the causeway by church wardens and local farmers.
Snowdon Mountain Railway - Llanberis
Let Snowdon Mountain Railway take you on a journey of a lifetime to the rooftop of Wales. Snowdon, at 3,560ft dominates the landscape of Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. Claim this mountain peak, the highest in Wales, as a lifetime’s achievement. With stunning scenery and awe-inspiring views it’s all part of a great day out for you and your family in North Wales.
Spanning three centuries our Railway is acutely aware of our legacy. Recently new carriages have been built and commissioned to ensure that visitors to North Wales can continue to enjoy our unique Mountain Railway experience for many years to come.
Pushed by one of our Hunslet Engine Company diesel locomotives (1985) our new carriages (in service 2013) seat 74 passengers, 10 per compartment. Departures leave Llanberis every day March to October on the hour and on the half hour. Journey time to the summit is one hour with a 30 minute stop over at the peak.
Phone: 0844 493 8120 for all enquiries.
Office hours are Monday to Friday 08.30 to 16.00.
Email: [email protected]
Snowdon Mountain Railway
Dare we say it, an absolute cracker of a castle with classic proportions and perfect symmetry. The last hurrah of Edward I’s massive building programme in north Wales… just a shame he never got round to finishing it! With finances stretched to the limit and the Scots now increasingly effective in their resistance to the English monarch, his vice-like grip on Wales was beginning to slip. Edward or ‘Longshanks’, on account of his extraordinary height, was forced to focus his attention elsewhere and the rest is, quite literally, history…
Technically perfect and constructed according to an ingenious ‘walls within walls’ plan, Beaumaris Castle was the 13th-century hi-tech equivalent of a spaceship landing unceremoniously on Anglesey today.
You can usually complain if a neighbour’s extension plans are a bit on the large side. Seven centuries ago the problem was resolved rather differently. The population of Llanfaes was forcibly moved 12 miles (19km) away to Newborough to make way for Edward’s new castle.
Want to create a fuss? You’d probably be better off keeping your head down…or risk losing it!
Along with Harlech Castle, Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle, this monument has been part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward 1 World Heritage Site since 1986.
Postcode LL58 8AP
Road A545 (Menai Bridge) A5 (Bangor).
Rail 15km/9mls Bangor, Crewe-Bangor/Holyhead route.
Bus Ena’s 100m/110yards, routes 53/57/58 Bangor-Beaumaris-Llandonna/Penmon.
Bike NCN Route No.5 (5km/3mls).
National Slate Museum - Llanberis
The National Slate Museum is sited in the Victorian workshops built in the shadow of Elidir mountain, site of the vast Dinorwig quarry.
Here you can travel into the past of an industry and a way of life that has chiselled itself into the very being of this country. The Workshops and Buildings are designed as though quarrymen and engineers have just put down their tools and left the courtyard for home, while an array of Talks and Demonstrations including slate-splitting give you a real insight into quarry life.
You’ll hear the gripping Story of Slate, encompassing such great events as industrial unrest on the one hand, and the small details of everyday life on the other.
Fron Haul recaptures significant periods from the slate industry with a row of quarrymen’s houses on the museum site. Strikes and suffering, craftsmanship and community: all the drama of real people’s lives.
Now, with imaginative interpretation, the remarkable relics of the slate industry can be understood and enjoyed by the many thousands of visitors to this stunning countryside, on the flanks of Snowdon.
The lottery grant made possible unique features and facilities, offering the visitor an unparalleled day out in the richly wooded lakeside landscape of the Padarn Country Park.
A day full of enjoyment and education awaits in a dramatically beautiful landscape on the shores of Llyn Padarn, and at the terminus of the Llanberis Lake Railway, one of the ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’, which runs along the waters port shoreline.
The Museum originally opened to the public in 1972. Many of the sites former quarrymen and engineers were employed to present their craft, while equipment was collected from other Welsh quarries. In later years the quarry’s incline was restore to its former glory, and the Museum re-opened in 1999 with new unique features and facilities.
FREE ENTRY – Easter–October: Open 10am-5pm daily.
November–Easter: Open 10am-4pm Sunday-Friday.
Contact: 0300 111 2 333 Website: www.museumwales.ac.uk/slate/
Parys Mountain: Copper Mines - Amlwch
There has been a mine at Parys mountain for at least 3500 years. It’s heyday was the 18th and 19th Centuries when there were thousands of workers at the site providing most of the worlds copper. The centre of the mountain has been gouged out, and at one point was one of the biggest man made holes. All with a little bit of dynamite, pick, shovel and horse power !
A Martian like landscape, red and brown is everywhere. Apparently it was used as a location for “Dr.Who” the cult English Sci-Fi series and featured in the BBC Restoration programme. It has also claim to fame for providing the copper hulls of the British Navy, in particular HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, commanded by Admiral Lord Nelson in 1805. This mine was one of the essential ingredients for the start of industrial revolution.
It is a great place to go for a walk, though one should be wary of big holes suddenly appearing, keeping to the sign posted ways is really essential. In late August there is masses of purple heather because of the acidic soil and lots of birds with the occasional butterfly thrown in !
The mine is a couple of miles from the port of Amlwch whose harbour was used to transport the copper by sea. It has a really nice museum explaining the history of Amlwch, the copper mines, the sea and even the tobacco industry which thrived at one point.
The address is The Copper Kingdom Centre, Amlwch Port, Anglesey LL68 9HE
Foel Farm & Chocolate Factory
A great day out on Anglesey in North Wales for all the family. Pay once on entry and all the rides are FREE.
There are tractor & trailer and quad bike rides, mini-trailer rides, pony rides, chances to feed and meet the farm animals, and a lot more!
There is also a Café & Bistro Bar, Gift Shop and even a Chocolate Workshop where you can see chocolates being made – something for children and adults alike.
Address – Foel Farm Park, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, North Wales, LL61 6TQ.
Phone – 01248 430646 Website: http://www.foelfarm.co.uk
Llanddwyn Island - Newborough
Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn) is a magical place. Located at the far end of a pleasant beach near Newborough Warren, this narrow finger of land is an ideal picnic site during fine weather, but also an exhilarating place when the winter winds blow. Its rolling dunes, large rock outcrops and mixture of historic buildings makes it an ideal place for an afternoon of exploration.
Llanddwyn is not quite an island. It remains attached to the mainland at all but the highest tides. It provides excellent views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsula and is part of the Newborough Warren National Nature Reserve.
From Rhosneigr head through to Cable Bay and follow this road through the villages of Llanfaelog, Aberfraw and Hermon. Take the road to the right when you arrive at junction by Bodorgan school. The next village is Malltraeth where the celebrated British artist Charles Tunnicliffe came to paint the birdlife from the cob. Pursue the road straight ahead and you will arrive in Newborough square. Take the road to your right at the crossroad opposite the shop (signposted Beach). Follow the road down to the toll machine (£3) and onwards to the beach. Walk on to the beach, look right and you will see Llanddwyn Island!