Fresh fish, often seasoned with Halen Môn sea salt taken from the Menai Strait, is on the menus of many of the island's restaurants
Things To Do
Stretch your legs at South Stack Cliffs Nature Reserve, where the high cliffs are home to hundreds of seabirds and the 400-step descent to the lighthouse, built in 1809, affords great opportunities for birdwatching.
Amlwch Copper Kingdom is a unique landscape of pits that once formed the largest copper mine in the world, and has been mined since the Bronze Age, some 4,000 years ago. Learn all about it at The Copper Kingdom Centre.
Visit the captivating seaside town of Beaumaris, with its elegant pier that overlooks the Menai Strait, and take in the mix of medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Don’t miss the 13th century Beaumaris Castle, an immense and nearly perfectly symmetrical masterpiece that was to be the last of Edward I’s ‘Iron Ring’ fortresses.
Holyhead is home to the oldest lifeboat station in Wales – visit the Holyhead Maritime Museum to find out all about it and see a collection of exhibits that tell the maritime history of this sea-faring town.
Follow the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, which passes through farmland, coastal heath, dunes, salt-marsh, cliffs and woodland. Follow it right to the top of Holyhead Mountain (the highest point on the island) for spectacular views.
When To Visit
The island has plenty to offer all year round, but is especially beautiful in summer, when you can enjoy those great beaches. Of course, this is also the busiest season, so beware that the Menai Bridge and roads around the island will be especially busy.
There are two bridges across to the island; the Britannia Bridge carries the North Wales Expressway and the Menai Bridge is on the A5. The latter is narrow, and can be closed to high-sided vehicles in windy weather.