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Off Wales’ northwest coast is the island of Anglesey, known for its beaches and historical sites.

For peace and tranquility, Anglesey (known by the Welsh as Ynys Mon) is one of the best holiday destinations. It is also a fabulous spot for dolphin sightings. 

It’s Britain’s 5th largest island and the largest in Wales.

In the Middle Ages, the island was known as Wales’ breadbasket or ‘Môn Mam Cymru’ (Mother of Wales), literally filling inhabitants’ breadbaskets from its abundantly fertile land.

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How to get to Anglesey

The cheapest way is to drive. From London, it’ll take you around 5 hours via the A55 North Wales Expressway which links Holyhead with the UK motorway network.

However, the recommended option is to catch a train. There are regular express trains to Holyhead. From London Euston, there is a direct train to Holyhead.

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Things to do in Anglesey

  1. Chill on its picturesque beaches. There is healing power in a walk on the beach. Rhosneigr was the winner of the Green Coast seaside award. Traeth Crigyll and Traeth Llydan are two popular beaches for water sports.
  2. Put on comfy shoes and climb the 400 steps (one way… and then 400 back) to the South Stack lighthouse on the northwest coast.
  3. Bird lovers will fall in love with Cemlyn Bay.
  4. Hike more, worry less. (Author unknown). Cornwall is known for some beautiful hiking trails, and so is Anglesey. In fact, here you can go for long walks on the 201 km (125 miles)-long Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. It should keep you busy a few days as you’ll have plenty of camera-breaks snapping the scenic vies over the Irish Sea.
  5. Climb up the Holyhead Mountain, the highest point in Anglesey, and enjoy the breathtaking views.
  6. Cycle the Lôn Las Copr (the Copper Trail). It’s 58 km (36 miles) in distance with a few worthy stops along the way. For instance the Llynnon Mill, the only working windmill in Wales. If you enjoy a downhill hike, then go clockwise.
  7. Adventure seekers can enjoy a RIB ride down the Manai Strait, the beautiful body of water separating the mainland from the island.
  8. Visit the 13th-century Beaumaris castle.
  9. Go monument-hunting. The island has about 120 ancient monuments. From Neolithic or Bronze Age burial chambers to magnificent standing stones. 
  10. Set aside a day to visit the stunning Plas Newydd stately home of the Marquess of Anglesey.
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Where to stay in Anglesey

There are many lodging options in Anglesey which you can find on Booking.Com.

Like The Ridge (photo below) which is a privately owned holiday home. It’s ideal for large family stays.  With 4 bedrooms, 2 lounges and 3 bathrooms and a fabulous view, you can not go wrong booking The Ridge. 

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