Places to Explore on and Around Anglesey
Anglesey is a hidden gem steeped in history, from the Neolithic area and burial chambers to castle ruins, fortifications, and more. There are lots of places to find, see and learn about on and around Anglesey that will transport you back in time and offer a glimpse into the past. Most of these locations also offer fantastic views out to sea, over the Menai Strait and across the whole of Anglesey.
*Some of these locations have been kindly borrowed from The Wild Guide to Wales book.
South Stack Lighthouse and Holyhead Mountain
Built by Trinity house in 1809, this lovely lighthouse is reached by a descent of 400 steps down the steep cliffs. Visitors can also enter the lighthouse, tours are brought at the café and visitor centre at the top. On top of Holyhead mountain is a ruined coastguard lookout, which provides the perfect place to see a stunning ocean sunset. There is also a vast array of wildlife here such as auks, choughs, grey seals, puffins and sometimes dolphins and porpoises.
Holyhead, LL65 1YH
Impressive ancient Yews in St Deiniolen churchyard, one of which you can climb inside!
Church on lane ¼ mile south of B4366 at Llanddeiniolen (car park here) towards LL55 3AR. No parking at Church.
St Gwenfaens Well
In a field just back from the coast path are the remains of a medieval holy well house with steps down to a pool. White pebbles were thrown in y those seeking help for mental disorders.
After coastguard lookout bear up over peak to find a well in fields below.
Penmon Priory and Holy Well
The ruins of a 13th-century priory and 16th-century dovecote share this site with St Siriol’s Well – one of the most enchanting wells in Wales, and possibly the oldest.
Beyond Castell Aberlleiniog head towards LL58 8RP. This is a free CADW site, but to park for free, park on the lane layby 100m before the priory, otherwise £2.50.
Barclodiad Y Gawres Tomb
Set above the popular Porth Trecastell beach, this is the largest Neolithic tomb in Wales. It was constructed at the same time as the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge and built as a public grave for the local farming community.
Signed off A4080, just S of LL63 5TE, drive on to park at Porth Trecastell beach, then walk the coastal path up the headland. The key is held at nearby premises (directions on information board) and may be borrowed with payment of refundable deposit.
Bryn Celli Ddu Tomb
One of the best-preserved passage tombs in Wales, set within its own stone circle. Enter through the tall stone slit to find the unusual pillar within the chamber. Druids greet the sunrise here on the summer solstice.
Off the A4080 SW of Menai bridge. Small signed car park beyond school at LL61 6EQ. Another tomb (Bodowyr) is 3 miles along lanes.
A trio of atmospheric ancient sites, spanning millennia. The walled village is Romano-British, and its massive stone foundations make for a surreal secret playground surrounded by woods. En-route explore the 12th-century ruined chapel, and afterwards, walk back along the lane 300m for the Neolithic burial chamber you can climb down inside.
From Moelfre head SW on A5108, then signed R by roundabout, past LL72 8NG
St Baglan’s and Foryd Bay
Isolated in a graveyard in the middle of a field, this tiny medieval church escaped Victorian renovation; its door lintel is from a 6th-century predecessor and the lynch gate is from the 18th-century.
Follow the slow coastal lane from bridge in Caernarfon W towards LL54 5RA. The church can be seen surrounded by trees off to the L after about 2 miles, with layby parking.
Llanlleianna Porcelain Works
China clay was quarried from the cliff here, but the porcelain factory burnt down in 1920 leaving a picturesque ruin above the remote cove. The detached chimney was to direct the noxious fumes away from the working areas.
Footpath starts 200m E of LL67 0LN (narrow lane with no parking) head down, over the farm track and bear L at the bottom. Also reached by coastal walk from St Patricks church to the W (Llanbadrig, with parking).
Bwrdd Arthur Hill Fort
Small limestone hill with Iron Age remains, wildflowers and magnificent sea views. Just below is a tiny medieval church with a holy well in the woods up behind.
Head for LL58 8YB and park at the dead-end road junction by sign. A wooden kissing gate leads up to the heath. Head to NW edge and you can loop back down, through the farm, via the church and lane on the E side. NB 1 mile along the lane is Mariandyrys Nature Reserve, limited layby parking.