Photography – Marilyn E Williams – ‘Rainbow Menai’
So, you’ve opted for a staycation in the United Kingdom, and upon doing so you’ve signed yourself up for weather-watching every day until your much awaited holiday arrives. The seven day countdown has begun and the doom and gloom starts to set in when you see the rain clouds gather on the weather forecast.
Not all is lost, especially if you are visiting Anglesey; there is so much to see and do, even if the weather isn’t on your side. That’s exactly why we have put together a tried and tested list of activities and attractions found just a stone’s throw from Hyfrydle. We can assure you that you’ll definitely have something to write home about!
* Some of these attractions may have restricted access at the moment due to Covid-19, please refer to their websites and social media pages for updates.*
Places local to Hyfrydle
Step back in time to the 1800s and walk in the sorrowful shoes of a prisoner. Beaumaris Gaol sends shivers down your spine as you tread the dimly lit corridors to view the cells and the UK’s only original tread wheel. This haunting but dramatic spectacle doesn’t stop there, as you delve deeper into the bowels of the gaol you can view spartan cells, the condemned cell or even the punishment cell where chains and fetters can be handled. This is truly a breath-taking day out in more ways than one and it can be found within walking distance of Hyfrydle.
Beaumaris Gaol, Steeple Ln, Beaumaris LL58 8EP
Tel: 01248 810 921
Beaumaris Castle is a great unfinished masterpiece, built as one of the ‘iron ring’ of North Wales’ castles by the English monarch Edward I. This was castle number four following Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech and was due to be his crowning glory, the castle to end all castles. He set out to create an extremely large fortress with beautifully crafted symmetry. This masterpiece includes four rings of defence including a moat and a dock, along with outer walls sporting 300 arrow holes. As grand as Edward I’s plans had seemed, money became tight and trouble started to erupt in Scotland halting his impressive project. This really isn’t to the detriment of the traveller today though, Beaumaris Castle is a fascinating place to visit and is a must-see if you’re visiting the island.
Beaumaris Castle, Castle St, Beaumaris LL58 8AP
Tel: 01248 810 361
Enjoy a truly atmospheric experience in the Beaumaris Courthouse and get lost in the stories from the past. Feel the heat in the courtroom sat beside the judge, or in the dock, as you witness a lifelike scene including a Judge and two Barristers. You can even dress up like one of the participants in the courtroom commotion. All the walls in this fantastic place are adorned with information where you can learn about the courtroom, the criminals it’s tried over the years and punishments handed out.
Beaumaris Courthouse, Castle St, Beaumaris LL58 8BP
Tel: 01248 811 691
Pili Palas Nature World
Step into the warm and wondrous Pili Palas Nature World. A jungle full of tropical butterflies awaits along with Elvis the singing parrot, Billy the 14ft Burmese Rock Python and many lounging lizards. Keep your eyes peeled for the watching meerkats as you dart through the tunnel to the bug zone where creepy crawlies are lurking just for you. If these really aren’t your thing then there’s always Pets’ Corner where there are lots of fluffy lovables to stroke.
A soft play zone is also situated inside for both toddlers and older children alike, along with a café for the thirsty parents. Then, if the sun does pop out, unleash your little ones and let them explore outside, where there’s a giant bouncy castle, ride-on tractors, a fun barn and climbing apparatus aplenty. As their strap-line states – Pili Palas is for all ages and all weather!
Pili Palas Nature World, Penmynydd Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5RP
Tel: 01248 712 474
Oriel Ynys Môn
Enjoy a warm welcome from the Oriel Ynys Môn museum and treat your senses to a fantastic range of contemporary art, including a display from wildlife artists Charles Tunnicliffe and Kyffin Williams. The museum also offers an insight into the archaeology and social history of Anglesey; from the Bronze Age to items from the Royal Charter. They even have a gift shop selling Welsh art and craft, and a delightful café selling an abundance of homemade cakes and home-cooked food – delicious!
Oriel Ynys Môn, Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, Ll77 7TQ
Tel: 01248 724 444
RNLI Moelfre Lifeboat Station and Information Centre
This Lifeboat Station is set in such a stunning location on the headland above the beautiful village of Moelfre. Take a moment and marvel at the sight of a lifeboat launch or visit the information centre where you can learn about significant shipwrecks and amazing rescues, along with information about the heroic team and vessels. Moelfre Lifeboat Station has a remarkable history of bravery with its crews being awarded 37 medals for gallantry. There’s no better way to support such a worthy cause – make sure you visit and offer a donation if you can.
Moelfre Lifeboat Station, Moelfre, Anglesey, LL72 8LG
Tel: 01248 410 367
Anglesey Sea Zoo
Anglesey Sea Zoo is a unique aquarium with over 40 tanks displaying fascinating marine wildlife from around the UK. There are over 150 fascinating species from in and around our seas, such as octopus, lobsters, seahorses, conger eels and small British catsharks. You will also have the chance to learn from the interesting talks, come up-close to the creatures during live feeds or even take a virtual scuba dive. This really is a day out for all ages, with free parking and the majority is undercover!
Anglesey Sea Zoo, Brynsiencyn, Isle of Anglesey, LL61 6TQ
Tel: 01248 430 411
Tacla Taid – Transport and Agriculture Museum
Reminisce about the yesteryear and delve into a local family’s collection of over 100 much-loved vehicles. The display is certainly plentiful including motorcycles, cars, a military section and the star of the show, a Hunter Hawker plane. This really is an interesting place to while away the hours when the weather isn’t being kind; there’s even a café on site, Caffi Nain, to warm the cockles.
Tacla Taid, Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough LL61 6TN
Tel: 01248 440 344
Holyhead Maritime Museum
Step back in time to the oldest lifeboat station in Wales situated at picturesque Newry Beach. Fascination and intrigue will draw you through the wonderful collection of exhibits that bring Holyhead’s maritime history to life. Detailed models of the ships that sailed the Irish Seas some 100 years ago are displayed next to modern vessels of today. Along with details of local shipwrecks and heroic testaments to the lifeboat people who have saved numerous lives. Next to the museum is a Second World War air raid shelter where you can experience “Holyhead at War,” and exactly what the men and women of the town went through during these testing times. There is even an air raid siren to test – eerily impressive to anybody!
Holyhead Maritime Museum, Newry Beach, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 1YD
Tel: 01407 769 745
The Ucheldre Centre in Holyhead is one of the leading art centres in Wales. The 200-seat performance space is home to concerts, drama, film, and literary events. This place is Anglesey’s arty epicentre attracting actors and artists from afar who wish to entertain and exhibit. You could never bore of walking through the reams of artwork displayed, especially as the exhibition is updated every six weeks. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite, stop by the café and indulge in a pot of tea and a slice of cake – definitely something to write home about!
Ucheldre Centre, Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE
Tel: 01407 763 361
Swtan Heritage Museum
Situated close to the cliff tops at Church Bay, this thatched cottage is packed full of authentic period artefacts where visitors can step back in time and experience a Welsh cottage from the turn of the 20th century. This museum provides something for all the family including hen feeding for the children, an information barn, a herb garden and orchard showcasing Welsh varieties, along with a picnic area should the weather improve.
“Cyfeillion Swtan” Dilwyn, Church Bay, Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 4EY
Tel: 01407 730 186
Plas Newydd House and Garden
Plas Newydd is a country house set in gardens, parkland and surrounding woodland on the north bank of the Menai Strait. Dating back to 1470 the house has seen a number of residents, including the Marquess of Angelsey and alterations over the years, but is now owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Inside, the 1930’s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association and contains his largest painting and exhibition. There is also a military museum showcasing items from the Battle of Waterloo where the Marquess of Angelsey commanded the cavalry. If a break in the weather seems probable, step out into the vast and beautiful gardens that are framed by the breath-taking views of the Menai Straits, or even venture down to the woodland walk which opens up onto a marine path next to the Straits.
Plas Newydd House and Garden, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, LL61 6DQ
Tel: 01248 714 795
Take a trip back in time and visit Anglesey’s most famous and fully working windmill that dates back to 1775. You’ll be shown around this spectacle by a friendly and informative guide, then if you wish, take a quick break in the fantastic tearooms and purchase a bag of flour which is milled on site – happy baking!
Melin Llynnon, Llanddeusant, Holyhead LL65 4AB
Tel: 01248 858324
Hyfrydle is a holiday cottage situated just off the main street in Beaumaris, Anglesey. It comfortably sleeps up to six people, it is dog-friendly and has private parking at the rear.
If you would like to book our much loved holiday home and visit some of the fantastic places detailed above, simply click on the button below and start your booking – happy holidays!