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Isle of Anglesey
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About Isle of Anglesey
With a landscape of hills that roll like the ruffled slopes of a windswept green quilt, a rugged coastline of golden beaches bosomed by pine forest and clifftops inhabited by razorbills and puffins - the Isle of Anglesey offers much to the adventurous holidaymaker. With the largest concentration of ancient sites in Wales and breathtaking scenery, Anglesey is the ideal destination for history-lovers, hikers and wildlife enthusiasts. Whether you're hiking up Holyhead Mountain, taking a boat trip to Puffin Island or exploring the ruins of Beaumaris Castle, you will find yourself floating in a sea of tranquility. Check out our collection of the best places to stay in Isle of Anglesey to find out more.
Sitting off the west coast of Wales, the island has long been a stronghold of the Welsh language - the purest ancestor of the original pre-Saxon language in Britain. Indeed, the island has a profoundly ancient feel to it, boasting numerous Bronze Age and Iron Age sites. The numerous Neolithic remains attest to the fact that Anglesey was once a heartland of pre-Roman druidic activity. The site of Bryn Celli Ddu is one such example: a Neolithic passage tomb and burial mound featuring petroglyphs, flint tools and shards of pottery. Parys Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, also adds to this archaic aesthetic - one of the oldest copper mines in Britain, dating back to the Bronze Age - it is a landscape of green, orange and purple stone and is fascinating to explore.
The wildlife and landscape of Anglesey is enchanting like a druid's spell. The pine forest that straddles the golden beach of Newborough is beautiful, and if you walk down it you will reach Llanddwym Island and its amazing lighthouse, from where you can see the snowcapped mountains of Snowdonia. Take some time to hike up Holyhead Mountain for the gorgeous views of the sea! Consider making your way to South Stack, an island off Anglesey's northwestern coast, famed for its RSPB reserve, where you can find guillemots, puffins and razorbills flitting about the clifftops. From Beaumaris, the elegant Georgian seaside town, you can take a boat trip to Puffin Island - a fun excursion for the family - and go puffin spotting!
Beaumaris is an exceptionally picturesque town: centred around its stunning 13th century castle are clusters of pretty pastel-coloured houses, and streets lined with chic designer shops and cute cafes. The castle itself is glorious. Built by Edward I, it is considered to be the most technically-perfect castle in Britain and is truly a beautiful albeit brutal sight to behold. Anglesey can also lay claim to having the village with the longest place name in Europe: Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. No, no, no: this is not a joke. Head over to Llanfair's train station and take a photo beside the signpost - a popular pastime amongst tourists.
Not to miss
- Stroll down Newborough Beach and drink in the gorgeous scenery of pine forest, sea and mountains.
- Take a boat trip out to Puffin Island, boarding at Beaumaris, and go puffin spotting!
- Visit the cliffs of South Stack and the bird reserve, watching the guillemots and razorbills make their homes.
- Take a photo at the train station of the village with the longest name in Europe!
- Explore the stunning battlements of Beaumaris Castle.
- Check out the Anglesey Sea Zoo and spot the catsharks, octopuses and seahorses.
- Hike up Parys Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting the oldest copper mine in Britain.
- Get yourself to Bryn Celli Ddu, a Neolithic burial mound featuring rock art and pottery.
The Isle of Anglesey is a place steeped in pagan magic, arcane mystery, gorgeous scenery and an abundance of wildlife. Ideal for an active holiday or birdwatching and hiking, the best places to stay in Isle of Anglesey will make you want to stay forever.
The best places to stay in Isle of Anglesey
- Churchbank: a charming B&B in the historic town of Beaumaris, offering bright and traditionally-furnished rooms complete with antiques and whitewashed walls. Ideal base for exploring the island.
- The Outbuildings: a luxury B&B in a remote and beautiful part of Anglesey, offering light and airy rooms with contemporary furnishings. The restaurant is a gastronomic delight. Quintessential rural retreat.
- The Bull: a small, laid-back hotel offering contemporary accomodation in two 17th century buildings. With a sumptous award-winning restaurant and effortessly cool bar, your complete relaxation is ensured.
- Chateau Rhianfa: a stunning Grade II listed Gothic building in the heart of the countryside, ideal for guests looking for adventure. Boat rides are on offer, there is a tennis court on-site, a superb restaurant and gorgeous gardens to unwind in.
For an apartment or cottage
- Our partner Booking.com has a wide range of cottages and apartments in the nearby area.
- Fly to Cardiff Airport and get a plane to Anglesey Airport, or get a train Cardiff. There is a suspension bridge that links the island with the mainland, so public transport is available.
- If you want to rent a car, contact our partner Rentalcars.
- During the summer - the best time to go - the temperature is remarkably clement, ranging between 11 and 19 degrees.
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Best Hotels in Isle of Anglesey
Churchbank 3 rooms from £80Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey
A charming B&B in the historic town of Beaumaris. A handful of individually styled rooms are traditionally dressed with white-washed walls, antique furniture and crisp white linen. Indulgent breakfasts are served in an atmospheric dining room. A tranquil spot from which to explore the region.Local exploring - Well positioned to explore the historic town of Beaumaris and the surrounding countryside.Great walks - Take long walks along the coast and through the picturesque countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the impressive Beaumaris Castle.Full of character
The Bull 25 rooms from £85Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey
A small contemporary hotel situated in two 400 year old buildings. Rooms are simply designed with clean lines, bursts of colour and simple white bathrooms. Offering both a laid back and award-winning fine-dining restaurant, friendly service and an atmospheric well-stocked bar.Local exploring - Located in a pretty Welsh town with easy access to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that surrounds it.Sights nearby - Visit the Edwardian Beaumaris Castle, just a one minute walk from the property.Great walks - Take a walk along part of the 125 mile long Coastal Path.Full of characterRecommended by - Good Hotel Guide
The Outbuildings 5 rooms from £110Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey
A luxury B&B in a remote and beautiful part of Anglesey. A handful of stylish rooms are light and airy with crisp white linen, simple contemporary furniture and pops of colour from the soft furnishings. With superb restaurant and breathtaking countryside to explore, this is the ideal rural escape.Country Escape - Boasting a secluded spot surrounded by beautiful Welsh countryside.Great walks - Take long walks along the vast beaches and through picturesque countryside.Sights nearby - Visit the imposing Aberlleiniog Castle.Secluded setting - For escaping.
Chateau Rhianfa 22 rooms from £125Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey
Grade 11 listed gothic style property, inspired by the french chateaux in the Loire valley, turned luxury hotel and venue overlooking the Menai Straits. Twenty two contemporary styled bedrooms, plus three self catering cottages. Superb onsite facilities. Ideal for groups or adrenalin seekers!Great walks - Snowdonia National Park is close by as the Wales Coastal PathViews - Wonderful mountain views over the Menai StraitsOn the beach - Private beach on the Menai StraitsKayaking - Available locally.Recommended by - Johansens