Anglesey – Family Fun Island
Lots for all the family to do – we have annotated opening dates/restrictions but please always check the relevant websites/ Facebook pages for up to date information as life changes pretty quickly at the moment….have fun!
Bury dad or mum in the sand! Or if that gets too unruly during the holidays take them for family fun with an animal theme. At Menai Bridge there is Pili Palas Nature World and indoor jungle alive with butterflies, birds and mini beasts. Once you have finished learning about what walks the earth, look to the sea at the Anglesey Sea Zoo, Wales largest marine aquarium with 50 odd wonderful species on display.
Pop next door for a fascinating tour of the Anglesey Sea Salt production process at Halen Môn – honestly it is really interesting and it’s a great example of a local success story. There are many family friendly walks – Penrhos Nature Reserve near Holyhead is a great place with woodland walks and shingle beaches. There are so many places to explore – here is a selection of what is on offer, but by no means the definitive list for this family fun island! Combined with a stay in one of our wonderful holiday cottages, this is a winning combination!
Beaumaris Pier – *CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS – OPEN FOR BOAT TRIPS
The Green, Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8BS
Time to recreate your childhood – grab your buckets, nets and lines and set the new family record. Cameras at the ready as there are loads of hysterical moments that you will wish to record. Pop along to Redboat Ice Cream Parlour to choose your reward!
Beaumaris RNLI – ALWAYS OPEN BUT PLEASE NOTE TOURS MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE
Please see https://rnli.org/ to find your nearest station
Visitors always welcome. Watch the crew out on exercise and visit their shops to stock up on buckets and spades galore ! Every lifeboat station has an annual open day so check their websites to find out when they are each year. A great day out for all the family.
Beaumaris Paddling Pool *CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The Green, Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8BS
A fantastic outdoor area within splashing distance of Beaumaris beach and Beaumaris Pier. Shops, and more importantly ice cream outlets are moments away, along with easy parking and toilets. Restaurants, pubs and shops are also easily accessible.
Beaumaris Castle * Open – prebook tickets 24 hours or more in advance
Explore the castle and climb up to the ramparts to understand why it was built in this location. Cadw run lots of events in the castle – check their website for details.
Happy Valley Play Park *Open
Swings, slides and climbing frames await your children. Order a cup of tea and a slice of delicious cake from the Pavilion and listen to the children’s laughter.
Beaumaris Gaol *open – need to prebook tickets
Steeple Lane, Beaumaris LL58 8EP
Discover the hardships that were endured by Victorian prisoners. Walk along the corridors peering into the cells and examine the treadmill that still works – so best behaviour!
Pili Palas, Menai Bridge *Open – essential to pre-book tickets
Penmynydd Road, Menai Bridge LL59 5RP
Pili Palas has a walk-through butterfly house and a variety of snakes, lizards and other less exotic animals in pets corner. Perfect for younger visitors. They also have a huge outdoor area where you can watch the meerkats and llamas misbehave. With an adventure playground, bouncy castle, and indoor soft-play area, this is the perfect all weather destination.
Anglesey Sea Zoo * Open check website re booking tickets
Brynsciencyn, Anglesey, LL61 6TQ Phone: 0330 3801511
Wales’ largest marine aquarium, sited right on the shore of the Menai Strait is a great weather-proof day out. Explore the habitats of over 150 species found around Anglesey and the North Wales coastline. All have been carefully recreated to help little minds understand marine life. Visit the various zones from Bone Free invertebrates to the Shark Pool and Big Fish Forest display. Learn about hatching lobsters and rescuing Menai – the Olive Ridley sea turtle that washed up on the shore by the Sea Zoo. How fortunate for Menai – or did she know exactly where she was heading!
Foel Farm *Open – check website re pre-booking tickets
Brynsiencyn, Dwyran LL61 6TQ
A great way for children to experience a working farm. Everyone is invited to meet, touch and feed the animals! There are also tractor & trailer and quad bike and mini-trailer rides, pony rides and an incredible bouncy pillow in their outdoor play area. With a café serving home cooked food, a gift shop to entice even the fussiest amongst us and a chocolate workshop where you can see chocolate being made, there is something for everyone.
Please park in central of Moelfre and walk
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Visit this wonderful museum and learn all about Dic Evans, the most decorated coxswain in sea fairing history. The rich maritime history of Moelfre and the surrounding coastal area is carefully documented here and brought to life in photographs for all to absorb. The staff are hands on and happy to answers any questions you may have.
Moelfre Lifeboat Station
Please park in central Moelfre and walk
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Learn about the remarkable rescues and why its lifeboat crew has been awarded 37 medals for gallantry! Two Gold Medals were awarded to Coxswain Richard Evans! Look at the record of rescues boards that line the lifeboat station – year after year and in all weathers, our brave crews risk their lives for others.
Visit the highest point on Anglesey. Here a prehistoric hill-fort and the remains of a 19th Century semaphore station on its summit sit high above Anglesey with views that will impress even the most tired of climbers. Photographers will be in heaven as they gaze out on views aplenty.
RSPB South Stack Cliffs – LL65 1YH
This is a bird watchers paradise. Another of our famous lighthouses that stand guard of perilous rocks warning all sea faring folk to be aware. Learn about the plentiful birdlife Anglesey is renowned for. Enjoy a close-up view onto a wonderful cliff-side nesting colony, with binoculars and telescopes provided. Live television pictures too!
Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – LL61 5UJ
The site of Anglesey’s first train station, known locally as Llanfair PG. The full name means “St Mary’s Church in the hollow of the White Hazel near a Rapid Whirlpool and the Church of St Tysilio near the Red Cave”. The name was given to the village in the 19th Century to attract tourists. The first ever Women’s Institute in the whole of the UK and Channel Islands opened here in 1915.
Melin Llynon – LL65 4AB
The only working windmill in Wales! Children love to watch the miller at work and then can run through the grounds where they will find two roundhouses built to illustrate the lives of Iron Age farmers over 3,000 years ago. A tea shop serving the most wonderful cakes is open all year round. Make sure you run around enough to deserve an extra large slice!
Mill Bank, Holyhead LL65 1TE
The chapel building for an order of nuns saved by local residents, the building is now an arts centre, with a programme of excellent events. A stunning location in its own right, it is well worth visiting.
Penrhos Holyhead – LL65 2UX
An amazing stretch of the Anglesey Coastal Path runs through the 200 acre nature reserve, allowing visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of this area. Deciduous and coniferous woodland, bluebell beds and interesting flora and fauna run alongside incredible sea views with little coves to visit along the way. A great place to walk your dog or to go cycling.