• John Oyston

Family Days Out on Anglesey

The island of Anglesey stands just off the North Wales Coast. Attractions include castles, beaches and the village with the world’s longest place name. The Island of Anglesey is easily reached by road. The A55, North Wales Coast Road, links the island with the motorway network near Chester in about 1 hour 30 minutes.


Access to the island is by the Britannia Bridge across the Menai Straits taking visitors to Beaumaris Castle and the beaches at Trearddur Bay and Red Wharf Bay.


There is also a wide range of other attractions on the island including:


Anglesey Model Village and Gardens Newborough, Isle of Anglesey LL61 6RS Phone: 01248 440477


Anglesey Model Village and Gardens is set in an acre gardens, the model village faithfully recreates many Anglesey landmarks at a scale of 1:12. A model railway runs round the village stopping at the station with the world’s longest name plate. The tearooms offer wonderful views of the mountains of Snowdonia, across the Menai Straits.


Anglesey Sea Zoo Brynsiencyn, Anglesey LL61 6TQ Phone: 01248 430411


Anglesey Sea Zoo is the largest aquarium in Waleswith over 150 species of marine life including Octopuses, Seahorses, and Sharks. Visitors can explore a shipwreck packed with conger eels or watch sea bass and sharks swimming around a kelp forest. In the grounds of the zoo, family attractions include an outdoor adventure play area, free bouncy castle and crazy golf.


Pili Palas Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5RP Phone: 01248 712474

 Pili Palas Photo Richard Hoare under a Creative Commons License
Pili Palas Photo Richard Hoare under a Creative Commons License

Discover creatures from the jungle at Pili Palas. Exotic butterflies, tropical birds and reptiles, including lizards and snakes, can be seen. In the farmyard more familiar creatures include rabbits, goats, pot bellied pigs, guinea pigs and peacocks.


Foel Farm Park Foel Farm Park, Brynsiencyn, Anglesey, LL61 6TQ. Phone: 01248 430646


Foel Farm Park is a real working farm where visitors are encouraged to meet, touch and feed the animals. After bottle feeding a lamb or cuddling a bunny take the tractor and trailer tour of the farm or a mini trailer ride on quad bikes; all rides are included in the admission price. Other facilities include an indoor picnic area, tea room, gift shop and chocolate shop where luxury chocolates are hand –made on the premises.


Plas Newydd


Llanfairpwll….., Anglesey LL61 6DQ Phone: 01248 714795

Plas Newydd Photo Gwynfryn under a Creative Commons License
Plas Newydd Photo Gwynfryn under a Creative Commons License

Plas Newydd was built in the 18th century by James Wyatt and is the family home of the Marquess of Anglesey. Exhibits on display include items brought back from the Battle of Waterloo by the 1st Marquess of Anglesey and paintings by the 20th century English artist Rex Whistler. Other facilities include a coffee shop, second-hand bookshop, gift shop; licensed tea room and adventure play area.


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The Station, Llanfairpwll….., Isle of Anglesey, LL61 5UJ


Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch is the first place on Anglesey, after crossing the Menai Straits. The village claims to have the longest place name in the world, but this was contrived in the mid 19th century as a publicity stunt to promote the local station on the newly built London to Holyhead railway.


Over a century later the restored Victorian station still attracts tourists wanting to be photographed next to the world’s longest station sign. Across the station car park, James Pringle Weavers offers a wide range of gifts from traditional Welsh souvenirs to high street fashions and homeware. A tax free shopping service is available to overseas visitors.


For more ideas Discover Anglesey or 100 Days Out in Wales

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