Isle of Anglesey

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About Isle of Anglesey

The Isle of Anglesey doesn’t refer to just the one isle, it includes Anglesey, Holy Island, and a collection of skerries and islets that surround the larger islands.  This is a vast-feeling landscape of coastlines that alternate between rugged and rocky, and soft, golden sandy.  Pine forests and rolling hills sit behind the coast, and between the two, on the very edge of the cliffs, are fantastic seabird colonies, where razorbills and puffins abound.  The Isle of Anglesey is also known for having the largest concentration of ancient sites in Wales, and as a stronghold of the Welsh language.  The best places to stay in the Isle of Anglesey are scattered across Anglesey and Holy Island, with coastal choices, rural escapes, and charming picks in charming towns and villages.  

The best places to stay in the Isle of Anglesey will appeal to walkers, hikers and climbers; wildlife enthusiasts and twitchers; sailors; and those with an interest in history or the Welsh culture.  It also makes a varied spot for a family holiday?  Trek up Holyhead Mountain, take a boat trip to Puffin Island, and explore the ruins of Beaumaris Castle, before enjoying some time on one of Anglesey’s beaches.  

The Isle of Anglesey has an ancient feel to it, possibly attributable to the many Bronze Age and Iron Age sites? or the numerous Neolithic remains?  The Isle of Anglesey also has one of the first copper mines in Britain.  But it could be just the landscape.  One of the most mythical-feeling spots in the group is Bryn Celli Ddu, a neolithic passage tomb and mound burial with petroglyphs, flint tools and shards of pottery.  Our Gurus put the pine forest behind the beach at Newborough a close second: walk along it and you’ll reach the striking Llanddwym Island lighthouse, and behind it views of Snowdonia.  The twitchers amongst us recommend South Stack, an island and RSPB reserve off Anglesey’s northwestern coast, where you may see guillemots, puffins and razorbills flitting about the clifftops.  The kids may also appreciate a trip to the Anglesey Sea Zoo, and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch - this isn’t a cat-related typo, it’s the longest place name in Europe.  Some of our Gurus recommendations for the best places to stay in the Isle of Anglesey have well-proportioned family accommodation, so our Gurus definitely recommend the best places to stay in Isle of Anglesey to families.  

The Best Places to Stay in the Isle of Anglesey

For a Country House Hotel

  • The Chateau Rhianfa is a spectacular Gothic fancy, with a Grade II listing and a picturesque location overlooking the Menai Straits - and as far as Snowdonia on a clear day.  It’s a Victorian build, based on a handful of famous Loire chateaux, its rounded towers and many chimneys built in Scottish grey stone.  Inside are 22 rooms and suites, with a further three self-catering cottages on the grounds - one of the cottages sleeps six.  The decor is luxurious in all, but each room is unique, offering a choice of four-poster beds, round beds, sleigh beds and more.  The restaurant is quite gourmet, and does a lovely spread of drinks and canapés in the drawing room before the meal.  This is the sort of hotel with great facilities, including tennis courts, a RIB, and you’re just ten minutes from the golf course.  

For Water Views

  • Sandy Mount House is a stylish hotel and restaurant close to the coast in Rhosneigr.  Its seven rooms and suites are chicly decorated, with something of a nautical theme - think heavy ropes and a nice rustic blend of blue, cream and neutrals, with wicker chairs, leather-covered chests, and sandy-coloured floors.  The restaurant specialises in Welsh specialities and local produce, and there’s a warm and welcoming atmosphere, as well as a stylish one, which makes this a friendly place to bring your family.  

For Great Value

  • The Bull's Head Inn is historic on the outside, and relatively contemporary on the inside.  The exterior is about 400 years old, two adjoining properties now one whitewashed one.  Inside are 25 rooms and suites, decorated in a variety of colours and styles, plus an award-winning fine-dining restaurant and a well-stocked bar.  Some of the rooms are large enough for families.  

Best B&BS

  • Churchbank is a charming little B&B in the historic town of Beaumaris.  Converted from a cottage, which shares a town with similar cottages, Churchbank has just three rooms, all individually decorated with antiques and homely details.  Breakfast is served in an atmospheric dining room, with an impressive fireplace and big windows opening onto a view of the church yard.  
  • The Outbuildings is magically positioned B&B in a remote spot, but close to the mainland side of Anglesey.  There are just five rooms, converted from a row of stone outbuildings, with small windows, but large glass doorways.  The decor makes the most of the natural light and original features.  The restaurant is very good, and there’s a cosy bar too.  Perfect for walkers, or for families who need a bit more space.  

Prefer a Private Apartment or Cottage?

  • If you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • The closest airports to the Isle of Anglesey are Manchester Airport and Liverpool Airport.  Manchester is about three hours away by rail, or an hour and three quarters by car.  You can’t get all the way to Anglesey by rail, you have to catch a taxi or hire car from Llanfairpwll.  Liverpool Airport is about the same distance away by car, but about four and a half hours by rail - also changing at Llanfairpwll.  If you’re coming from the direction of London it’s definitely worth catching the train rather than flying, because the Isle of Anglesey is only just over three hours from London Euston - though the last leg, from Bangor, will require a hire car or taxi.  
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner, Rentalcars.
  • Anglesey, Holy Island and the skerries that make up the Isle of Anglesey are islands, and they benefit from island humidity and the temperature regulating powers of the ocean.  But they’re also prone to regular rainfall and even buffeting by storms.  The nicest time to visit as far as the weather is concerned is spring, late spring most precisely, because the wildflowers and out, the days are getting longer, and there’s not, generally, too much rain.  Summer is warmest, but can be quite rainy.  The Isle of Anglesey’s attractions are worth visiting year round, though during winter the days can feel quite short.  

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Best Hotels in Isle of Anglesey

  • Churchbank Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey 3 rooms from £80

    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
    GardenNo pets

    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. See More

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  • The Bull's Head Inn, Isle of Anglesey Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey 25 rooms from £85

    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 character
    Air conditioningRestaurantPet friendlyDisabled accessParkingNo pets
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    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. See More

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  • The Outbuildings Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey 5 rooms from £110

    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.
    Full of character
    RestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsParkingNo pets

    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. See More

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  • Chateau Rhianfa Anglesey, Isle of Anglesey 22 rooms from £125

    Tennis  -  Tennis court on site. You can borrow equipment if you've forgotten your own!
    Great walks  -  Snowdonia National Park is close by as the Wales Coastal Path
    Views  -  Wonderful mountain views over the Menai Straits
    On the beach  -  Private beach on the Menai Straits

    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! See More

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  • Sandy Mount House Rhosneigr, Isle of Anglesey 7 rooms from £130

    Families  -  With a laidback feel, large rooms that beds can be added to, kids' menus, & the beach nearby — this is ideal for family getaways
    Great walks  -  The coast is beautiful — a perfect place for long blustery walks
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves good Welsh cuisine
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    RestaurantGardenPet friendlyViewsParking

    A stylish coastal hotel and restaurant set on the Island of Anglesey. Chic rooms are decorated with wicker chairs, time-worn leather, raw linen, weathered wooden tables, and have sand-bleached floors. The Welsh restaurant is laidback and very good. Ideal for families or couples. See More

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