Where to Camp in Anglesey
St David’s Park, Red Wharf Bay
St David’s Park campsite is situated on the headlands overlooking the Red Wharf Estuary towards Llandudno, with its distinctive ‘Great Orme’ Cliff visible in the distance. On this beautiful campsite you can watch the ships go by from your caravan or tent and soak up the beautiful Welsh landscape. There are a number of high quality onsite facilities available at no extra charge, housed in a modern building containing power showers, underfloor heating and a family bathroom. There is also an onsite laundrette, bar and shop. Pitch prices start at £22 a night including VAT, electricity and awning.
Blackthorn Farm, Penrhos
With its idyllic location on Holy Island, the award winning Blackthorn Farm is a great place to get away from it all. Set in 18 acres of unspoilt natural beauty, it offers panoramic views of Snowdonia, the coast and the Irish Sea. There’s a local beach within walking distance where you can join the beautiful coastal trails that go round Anglesey and catch a glimpse of some of the local wildlife. The campsite itself has great amenities, including wifi and a shop selling local produce, and is only a few minutes drive from South Stack lighthouse and the town of Holyhead. Pitch prices start from £10 a night.
Ty Hen Caravan Park, Rhosneigr
If you’re after a campsite with superb facilities, Ty Hen will tick all the right boxes. With a heated outdoor pool, a sauna, a gym and a games room there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy, not to mention the resident chickens, donkeys and ponies! It’s also in a great location; close to the beaches and the golf club and just a short drive from the shops in Holyhead. Contact the park directly for prices.
Things to Do in Anglesey…
The rugged rural landscape of Anglesey means it is a great location for people who love the outdoors. There are lots of walks to explore, including the coastal path that follows most of the islands coastline and offers some stunning views, and of course the Snowdonia Mountains are only a short drive away on the mainland. There are also a number of cycle routes and nature reserves to wander around for those who are interested in the varied wildlife of the island.
Spend a day at the beach
Beaches like Church Bay, Aberffraw and Rhosneigr offer beautiful scenery and family relaxation - although Church Bay can get very busy in peak season. Aberffraw and Cemaes provide a more tranquil setting, while water sports enthusiasts can head to Cable Bay and Llanddona beach for surfing, windsurfing and canoeing. Follow the coastal path though and you’ll discover a number of secluded coves to claim as your own private beach.
Soak in the history of Beaumaris
The small town of Beaumaris has lots to offer its visitors. The famous castle was the last and largest castle to be built by King Edward I in Wales, and was intended to be the seat of his government. The high inner ring of defences meant that it provided an almost inconceivable level of strength and firepower, and in the days before cannons it would have been an impregnable fortress. Though never completed, the castle makes a great day out and gives a rich history of Wales. The town itself is a cosy pastel-painted haven, with plenty of tea rooms and ice cream parlours to provide refreshments. There’s usually something happening in the town too, from art festivals to local produce markets.
Enjoy the art and architecture of Plas Newydd
Home to the Marquess of Anglesey this elegant stately home offers breath taking views of the Menai straits and stunning grounds to walk around, including a spring garden, an Australasian arboretum and a woodland walk that links between all the colourful displays. The real exhibit, however, is inside the house which contains a military museum filled with relics of the first Marquess’, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. The house also holds an incredible Rex Whistler exhibition featuring his famed romantic murals. The house is a National Trust property, and there are wonderfully knowledgeable tour guides to show you around and give lots of extra information on the house and its stories.
Get up close to nature at Pili Palas
Predominantly a butterfly house, Pili Palas allows guests to wander around waterfalls and lush vegetation as butterflies flutter around you in their hundreds. They also have a birdhouse, an exotic animal exhibition and a farmyard where children can get up close and personal with their favourite furry friends - and the not so furry ones. It’s a great day out for the family, and kids are sure to love the interactive activities.
Have a fish feast at The Lobster Pot
Known all over the country, people come from far and wide to sample the fresh shellfish and seafood, caught locally and served in this little restaurant by Church Bay. We advise you book well in advance during the summer months, especially for large parties, but with exquisite scallops and whole lobster dishes it’s well worth the wait.
Ok, so there’s not really that much to do here as it’s mainly a shopping centre, but we dare you to try and say it. This mammoth name (the longest place name in Britain) translates to ‘St Mary's church in the hollow of the white hazel near to the fierce whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio of the red cave’.
The Anglesey Show
This annual farming show in August is largely about farmers competing their livestock, but also offers equestrian competitions, farmers markets and a fair. It’s a great day out, allowing children to get to know all the animals and to sample the delicious fresh local meat, unusual burgers and artisan cheeses.
* Photos of Anglesey beaches courtesy of Polly Simonds, and of Beaumaris Castle courtesy of Jeffery Thomas
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