We are lucky to visit the beautiful Isle of Anglesey frequently. Anglesey is very family friendly so I thought I would share with you my top 5 things to do in Anglesey with kids, along with some suggestions of places to stay and eat. Anglesey weather might be as unpredictable as the rest of the UK but there are plenty of things to do whatever the weather. There really is something for everyone. From sandy coves, stunning beaches, pretty seaside towns to family-friendly attractions and days out. It’s also not far to travel to enjoy some days out in North Wales. So if you are thinking of a day trip to Anglesey or if you are going to Anglesey camping, read on.
Visit the beach
My kids love a day at the beach and I’m sure yours do too. Anglesey has miles and miles of stunning beaches. You really will be spoilt for choice. One day I will write a post on the best Anglesey beaches but for now, I’ll just list a few for you.
Porth Dafarch is great for rock pools and small enough when you have young children. It’s also popular with Kayakers. It’s one of Anglesey’s 6 blue flag beaches, the award given to beaches with high standards of water quality, cleanliness, safety and excellent facilities. Here you’ll find public toilets and more often than not a food and ice cream kiosk. Being a small cove it means children can not wander off far from sight easily,
Treaddur Bay is a gorgeous stretch of sand with a lovely promenade to walk (or kids to scoot along). It’s great for families with one end where dogs are not allowed too. It’s another blue flag beach. As well as public toilets, there are a number of little shops selling food and beach essentials. There is a play park across the road and a lifeboat station which my eldest enjoys watching the boats go out from. There are also a couple of nice places to eat The black seal and The sea shanty (which also has a ice cream parlour with delicious ice cream).
Newborough beach is a stunning, sandy beach with views of Snowdonia. It’s another blue flag beach. As well as the beach, we also enjoy exploring the forest here and before we had kids we loved walking out to Llanddwyn island. My absolute favourite spot on Anglesey. I can’t wait until the girls are able to walk out to the island.
What to do in Anglesey in the rain?
We love visiting Anglesey sea zoo on a wet day. This is a fantastic aquarium featuring sea life that you find around the British Isles. There is also a lovely playground and crazy golf if the weather is dry. We also visited Pili Palas a few years back (we must go back as I believe it is even better now) and I believe there is soft play in Holyhead (but we’ve never been). There are lots of leisure centres where you could go swimming on a wet day. We’ve been to Holyhead leisure centre a few times.
Visit Plas Newyydd (National Trust)
This was a new place for us this year as we’ve just joined the National Trust. It’s a real gem though. There is a fantastic playground in the woods, croquet set on the lawn, buggy friendly walks and the tree house is magical to our 4 year old. If you are a National Trust member, this really is not one to be missed. If you want to find out more, I wrote a full review earlier this year – Plas Newydd, a fantastic family day out. They also have great activities on for children in the school holidays such as storytelling sessions.
Go for walk
Our favourite places to go for a walk with young children in Anglesey are The Dingle (Llangefni), Holyhead Breakwater Country Park and Penrhos Country Park. All 3 are very buggy friendly (scooter or bike freindly too) and suitable for little legs too. Paths are mostly flat and well sufaced. If you have older children there are lots more walks you can do including climb Holyhead Mountain or explore the coastal paths which go all the way around the island.
Take a trip to Beaumaris
I love Beaumaris. It’s a pretty little coastal town, possibly my favourite seaside town. There is a tiny pebble beach but this isn’t a problem as there is also an outdoor paddling pool, 2 play parks (the one by the castle is particularly good and has been renovated this year), a pier which is popular for crabbing and Beaumaris castle. The paddling pool on the pier is a fantastic place for children to have fun on a warm day. My two love it. Don’t miss out on an ice cream from the Red Boat ice cream parlour either. The high street is full of beautiful independent shops.
Places to eat in Anglesey
Our favourite family-friendly places to eat in Anglesey are The White Eagle at Rhoscolyn, The sea shanty (as mentioned above) and The oyster catcher at Rhosneigr. If you are looking for delicious ice cream then try either the sea shanty or the red boat ice cream parlour (which also does delicious lunches like delicious Dutch pancakes).
Where to stay in Anglesey
There are a lot of hotels in Anglesey as well as B&B’s, self-catering accommodation and campsites. So whether you are looking for a couple of nights away or a full week in Anglesey camping, you’re bound to find the perfect place for you.
Some links you might find useful for looking for things to do with children in Anglesey
Find out more about:
- all the coastal paths
- Anglesey sea zoo
- Places to play in Anglesey, a great booklet featuring some of the places I mentioned and many more (including a map with lots of playgrounds).
- Pili Palas
- Holyhead soft play
- Anglesey leisures centres
- Red boat ice cream parlour
Or perhaps you’d like to read my review of a couple of North Wales attractions that aren’t far from Anglesey. Greenwood forest park is an eco adventure park that is so much fun. Another great National Trust is Penrhyn castle.
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