Anglesey is an island in Wales, just off the mainland’s northwest coast. There are so many things to do in Anglesey with Kids and it makes for a perfect weekend or week long break.
It’s known for its beaches and ancient sites. You even get to Angelsey using the 19th-century Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, which are sights in themselves.
Anglesey is also a great place to stay as it doesn’t take that long to get from North to South or East to West. All of the following amazing things to do in Anglesey with kids are in easy reach.
A favourite area of ours in Anglesey is Rhosneigr and not just in summer, Rhosneigr is a popular all year round. There are two sandy beaches – Traeth Crigyll and Traeth Llydan, both great for family holidays and surfing.
Rhosneiger is also home to The Oyster Catcher café with its funky bar, good food and beach huts on the balcony!
Just take you time in this pretty little place, eat ice cream, play on the beach and generally soak up the sky.
Tip: Rhosneiger is the perfect place to play some of our Free Beach Games
Beaumaris on Anglesey is famous as the greatest castle neverbuilt. It was the last of the royal strongholds created by Edward I in Wales – and perhaps his masterpiece.
There are often special events that take place at the Castle and it would be worth trying to combine a visit with the Medieval Festival at the end of August which is now in its 10th year. Perfect for kids.
Even if the festival isn’t on though it’s a lovely day out with the kids.
If you’d like to stay in Beaumaris then Wales Cottage Holidays have a lovely property right in the middle of Beaumaris Yr Hen Fanc
This spacious town house, sleeps nine people, and is above the famous Janet Bell art gallery where it will be hard not to be tempted by the delightful local paintings and prints on offer. The accommodation is over the first and second floor but with a ground floor garden accessed via steps from the first floor.
Beaumaris Gaol is full of sad memories and secrets providing a fascinating insight into the world of the prisoner during the 1800s. You can walk along the dimly lit corridors and explore the spartan cells and places of punishment. It can be quite dark and a little scary for younger children though so do take into account some of the views on tripadvisor before you visit.
Beaumaris Gaol is open April to September Monday to Thursday; Saturday and Sunday 10.30am to 5pm (and bank holiday Mondays) or at other times by appointment. Open every weekend and half term holidays in October.
Pricing at Beaumaris Gaol
Adults £5 Concessions £3 Kids £4 Families from £15 Joint ticket to visit the Gaol and Courthouse available for £23.50 (family).
Tip: The gaol can be visited with a cheaper admission ticket if you buy the joint one for the court house too.
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying the best of British marine wildlife! Find fascinating creatures from around the coasts of the UK, such as octopus, lobsters, seahorses, conger eels and jellyfish! You’ll also learn about British marine habitats and the research and conservation work which is helping to save them.
Daily interactive talks, a fully licensed Rockpool Café with locally sourced produce, superb gift shop, crazy golf, adventure playground, giant bouncy castle and slide, with stunning views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia National Park. All these things make for the perfect day out with kids on Anglesey.
Tip: Free return visits for a week from the day of purchase! So you can return for our daily talks or to use the playground.
Holyhead Mountain, despite its comparatively small size, actually feels like a mountain and it does offer some good but limited climbing and scrambling. The easiest descent is to head south off the summit to pick up a wide path leading west. This leads back to South Stack from where the coast path offers the best route back to the car park. There is a route plan for the walk up Holyhead Mountain here.
There are plenty of children that do walk up Holyhead Mountain but do some further research to see if you think it’s right for yours.
We visited Southstack Lighthouse on a day out with kids and climbed up to the top. They were then 6 and 7 and managed it easily although by the time we got back up to the car park they were pretty shattered.
South Stack Lighthouse Visitor Centre Guidance:
1. wear sensible flat shoes with heel strap or boots.
2. Children are very welcome, but they must be at least 1.1 metres in height and physically capable of ascending and descending the staircases by themselves unaided.
3. children / babies must not be carried up the lighthouse tower.
4. take care on uneven floors…
5. the stairs are steep
6. Dogs are not permitted on the island.
7. there are no public toilets on the island
8. no picnics allowed on the island
Tip: You need to check the opening times carefully as it can close with bad weather
Trearddur Bay is a very popular seaside village with a sheltered sandy bay, ideal for watersports and swimming and plenty of good cafes and restaurants. The coastline on either side has many interesting rocky coves with fabulous walking along the Anglesey Coastal Path. The RSPB nature reserve, light house and cafe at South Stack are a ‘must see’ for any visitors, beautiful on a sunny day and truly spectacular when the waves are crashing against the cliffs
If you fancy staying in Trearddur Bay too then why not check out Puffin House on the stunning North West coast of Anglesey
The Cottage is on a quiet estate with a very good selection of quality restaurants, cafes and local shops all within walking distance. Lovely styling throughout, with a suitable ‘Puffin’ theme, makes for a bright and homely place to stay.
The walk from Newborough Beach to Llanddwyn Island must be one of the most stunning in all of the UK, and child friendly too. Friends have been visiting here for the last 3 to 4 years and just can’t stop coming back.
The circular walk over to the island is very flat, but approx 4 miles in length. Once you reach the island you can often be greeted by the sight of wild horses, and on the far side of the island (another 10–15 minute walk) is the old lighthouse. Bring a camera, the views of the lighthouse with the entrance to the Menai Strait are breathtaking.
Squirrel Spotting at Newborough Forest
Anglesey’s red squirrels continue to be the focus of concerted efforts to conserve them and to increase the size of the population. This is being done through a combination of habitat improvement, awareness raising and work with the local community, and by controlling the numbers of grey squirrels on the island. For more information visit the website of the Red Squirrels Trust Wales: www.redsquirrels.info
Cemaes Bay has two beaches. The larger and more popular is Traeth Mawr (literally, ‘Big Beach’) but it also has a good family friendly beach with a promenade that stretches for a decent length, perfect for scooters and bikes for kids.
The little harbour at Cemaes Bay is at its prettiest when the tides is in and kids of all ages jump in time and time again.
Tip: There are dog restrictions on the beach during Summer.
If you’d like to stay in Cemaes Bay, the most northerly village in Wales then why not take a look at this beautiful and spacious home Llanddygfael Hir it has plenty of wow factor, a private hot tub, four ensuite bedrooms and bespoke elements such as the handcrafted stairs. It is the perfect place to get together with friends and family.
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