Fun things to do in beautiful Anglesey on a family vacation

By: keith lunt

Anglesey is a scenic island situated off the north-west coast of Wales. It has long been a popular choice for a family vacation as it provides an outstanding choice of things to do. Children and adults alike will love the long, safe, sandy beaches where you can sunbathe, build sandcastles or go paddling. There is also a fine choice of activities for those days when the weather is not that great!

Anglesey Model Village is one of Wales’s most well-liked model villages. It is updated on a regular basis, so there is constantly something new to observe. It is set in attractive landscaped grounds that also include water features. Follow the path and observe the replicas of well known Anglesey landmarks built to a scale of one twelfth of the full size. This attraction also has a picnic and play area. Light refreshments are on offer.

Children will also adore the Anglesey Sea Zoo. This is the biggest marine aquarium in Wales and it is situated right by the Menai Strait. The habitats of over one hundred and fifty species found around the coast-line of this area have been recreated.

Foel Farm is situated in a stunning location and has lovely views of Snowdonia and the Menai Straits. There are plenty of attractions at the park which are included in the admission cost. The most popular include tractor rides, pony rides (for smaller children) and feeding the animals. In Spring and Summer it may be possible to feed the lambs or calves. The park also has a café and gift shop.

Take pleasure in a amble in Newborough Forest which has trails, bird hides and a small lake. It is a pine forest situated next to Llandwyn Beach and it is also significant as a red squirrel conservation site. Dogs are welcome and amenities include parking and toilets. The forest is also open all year.

Beaumaris Castle is a world heritage site and it was in fact the very last castle to be built in Wales by Edward I. It is an imposing site set in a spectacular location. A number of special events take place right through the year.

At the Bridges Exhibition you can find out about the story of the two historic bridges and also the ecology of the strait. There are children’s workshops and guided tours.

Plas Newydd is a delightful eighteenth century house situated on the banks of the Menai Strait. It has dramatic views of Snowdonia National Park. It has the largest collection of Rex Whistler works, a military museum with artefacts and large gardens. There are also woodland walks and a marine walk along the strait.

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Jane Lunt writes for Welsh Holiday Cottages where you can find an excellent choice of holiday cottages in Anglesey.

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