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The old harbour at Amlwch Port is well worth a visit. The visitor centre and coffee shop exhibits memorabilia from Amlwch's shipbuilding and mining days.

See examples of the 'copper currency' once paid as miners' wages, together with some interactive displays. Pick up a heritage trail leaflet for details of the self-guided walk around the port and nearby Parys Mountain , amid amazing open cast remains, often likened to a lunar landscape. Guided tours can be arranged for specialist groups (aged 17 and over).

Address: Amlwch, Anglesey

Tel: 01407 832255

Open: daily, April - October, 10.00-17.00 (Visitor Centre). The heritage trails are open all year.
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Ancient Monuments

The early tribes which occupied the Isle of Anglesey erected numerous stone burial chambers, standing stones and hill forts, many of which have survived through the ages in good condition and can be visited today. A number of these sites are listed below.

Benllech, Bodedern, Bodorgan, Brynsiencyn, Cemaes, Holyhead, Llanddona, Moelfre and Rhosneigr are places to visit who are interested in ancient monuments on the island.
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Anglesey Model Village and Gardens

Wales ' most popular model village, featuring models of Anglesey 's many landmarks.

Address: Newborough, Anglesey

Tel: 01248 440477

Open: Easter to October - 10.30- 17.00

All built to one twelfth (1:12) full size with a working model railway with water features - all set in beautifully landscaped gardens. Tea room, play and picnic areas.
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Anglesey Sea Zoo

Enjoy a wonderful day out at Anglesey's under cover, underwater attraction.

Address:  Brynsiencyn, Anglesey LL61 6TQ

Tel:   01248 430411

Fax:  01248 430213

E-mail: info@angleseyseazoo.co.uk
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Museum of Childhood

Address: 1Castle Street, Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8AP

Tel: 01248 712498

Open:  daily from Easter to November 1st, 10:30-17.30pm.  Last admission 16.45. Sundays 12.00-17.00  Last admission 16.15. Open evenings and out of season for group visits by arrangement. 

  • Anglesey 's oldest independent attraction (est 1973)
  • Approved by the Wales Tourist Board
  • Star choice in Sunday Express Magazine "1001 Days Out", featuring The Best Museums in Britain .
  • Viewing thousands of exhibits in the nine rooms of the museum is a delight and fascination for all ages.
  •  Winner of National Heritage and British Tourist Board Awards.
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Beaumaris Castle

A World Heritage Site. Built as one of the "iron ring" castles of North Wales by Edward I, to stamp his authority on the Welsh. It was never finished. Nevertheless, it has been called the "most technically perfect Mediaeval Castle in Britain ".

Address:   Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8A

Tel:   01248 810361
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Beaumaris Court House

Opposite Beaumaris Castle is the Court House, constructed in 1614, and renovated in the 19th century. Here, visitors can walk through the large rectangular courtroom, stand in the original dock and view the splendour of the grand jury room.

Address: Castle Street , Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8BP

Tel: 01248 811691 (Tel: 01248 724444 Anglesey Heritage Gallery) 

Email: BeaumarisCourtandGaol@anglesey.gov.uk  

Open: Easter - September, daily 10.30-17.00 or at other times byappointment.

A cryptic mural shows a cow, with one farmer pulling its horns, another pulling its tail - and a solicitor milking it! The last assize court was held here in 1971. Educational groups and parties welcome.
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Beaumaris Gaol

This Victorian Gaol was built by Hansom (famous for the Hansom Cab) in 1829. The gaol features the only working tread wheel in Britain and a gibbet is still fixed to the wall. Educational groups and Parties welcome.

Address: Steeple Lane , Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8EP

Tel: 01248 810921  (01248 724444 - Anglesey Heritage Gallery)

Email: BeaumarisCourtandGaol@anglesey.gov.uk

Open: Easter - September 10.30-17.00 or at other times by appointment.
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Holyhead Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum , situated on Newry Beach , is housed in the oldest life boat house in Wales . It features exhibitions showing the evolution of Holyhead from a sleepy fishing village to the thriving seaport of today. The museum also has a tea room and a gift shop.

Address:   Holyhead, Anglesey

Tel:   01407 769745

Open:   13.00-17.00, Tuesday to Sunday and bank holidays.
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Pili Palas (Butterfly, Bird and Minibeasts' Centre)

Marvel at the exotic butterflies and birds from all over the world.

Address:   Menai Bridge, Anglesey LL59 5RP

Tel: 01248 712474 Fax: 01248 716518

E-mail: gloyn@pilipalas.co.uk

Open:   March 10 - October 31, every day 10.00 - 17.30, Nov 1 to Dec 24, every day from 11.00 - 15.30

Location:   Along the B5420, north west of Menai Bridge.

Dare you visit the creepy crawly cavern, the amazing ant avenue and the snake house! Relax in the cafe and butterfly garden patio. The children can let off steam on the adventure play area and explore the nature trail. An excellent family visit whatever the weather.
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Plas Newydd Historic House

The home of the Marquess of Anglesey, situated on the banks of the Menai Straits.

Address:   Llanfairpwll,  Anglesey LL61 6DQ

Tel:   01248 714795 Fax:   01248 713673

Open: 1st April - 1st November, daily except Thurs and Fri 12.00-17.00.  Garden as house: 11.00 - 17.30.
Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Shop and tearoom open daily 11.00-17.00

Admission charges:   Except for National Trust members. 

Visitors are able to enjoy the:

  • 18thC house built by James Wyatt
  • Rex Whistler Exhibition
  • Military museum
  • Gardens
  • Historical Cruises
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Wylfa Power Station

Wylfa Nuclear Power Station has been generating electricity since 1971. The station is powered by twin magnox reactors and uses 55 million gallons of seawater an hour for cooling.

Address:   Cemaes, Anglesey LL67 0DH

Tel:   01407 711400 Fax:   01407 711202

Open:   Daily, 10.00-16.00

The visitor centre contains an exhibition on nuclear power and power stations, a cafe and souvenir shop. There's also a nature trail, with many specially sited bird boxes.
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Llynnon Mill

Anglesey was once known as the "Granary of Wales" because of the large quantities of barley and oats grown here - more than in any other region of Wales.

Address:  Llanddeusant, Anglesey

Tel: 01407 730797 (Oriel Ynys Môn Heritage Gallery: 01248 724444)

Open: Easter - September, 11.00 - 17.00, Monday - Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. At other times by appointment.

Mills were built to grind the grain into flour and the island once boasted around one hundred watermills and windmills. Only two working mills survive today, Melin Llynnon and Melin Howell watermill.

There is no finer place to enjoy a traditional Welsh tea than the Llynnon tea room next door to the famous mill at Llanddeusant. Fine traditional home cooking can be enjoyed in beautiful surroundings and a varied menu can be sampled (as well as good old fashioned wholemeal flour, straight from the mill).

The Anglesey Craftworkers' Guild Shop, situated below the tea room, stocks an array of products crafted on the Isle of Anglesey.

Melin Llynon Bread

  • baked by Williams Bakery, Cemaes
  • for sale at the mill
  • bread baked using the mill's stoneground wholemeal flour
  • available every Saturday and Sunday 23rd July to 4th September
  • telephone orders taken
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Henblas Country Park

Situated in the heart of Anglesey , commanding superb views of Snowdonia, this family run establishment provides entertainment for the whole family - whatever the weather!

Address:  Bodorgan,  Anglesey

Tel: 01407 840440

Open: Easter to October, 10.30 - 17.00. Closed Saturdays except Bank Holiday Weekends.

Young and old are encouraged to take part in our displays - see the farmer shear the sheep by hand shears and by machine. Help bottle feed our greedy pet lambs. Also see our different breeds of sheep display and see our sheepdogs working the sheep and ducks. During Easter you may witness the first wobbly steps of a new born lamb. Be warned, however, that Henblas is no 5 minute attraction! You can easily spend a day enjoying the many activities we have on offer, our daily programme of events ensuring that everyone is fully entertained throughout the day.
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Penmon Lighthouse

Penmon Priory is reputed to have been founded as monastery by St Seiriol in the 6th century.

The monastery is believed to have been destroyed during Viking raids in the 10th century, with the exception of its two early celtic gate crosses, which survived the raids and now stand inside the church. The church was rebuilt in the 12th century and became an Augustininan priory in the early 13th century, when it was also enlarged. The priory survived the Norman conquest, but was dissolved in the late 15th century, when the site passed into private ownership, although the church has remained in use throughout. You can visit the remains of the priory, the foundations of St Seiriols' cell and St Seiriol's well.

Penmon's location is particularly scenic, with stunning views out to Puffin Island (Ynys Seiriol). The grounds are rich in bird life, including warblers and many sea birds, whilst a pleasant stroll to the shore brings you to Penmon point, with quality sea fishing and a close view of the lighthouse.
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South Stack Lighthouse

Possibly one of the most spectacular and exciting locations on Anglesey - South Stack Lighthouse, constructed to the north west of the town of Holyhead, acts as a waymark for coastal traffic and a landmark and orientation light for vessels crossing the Irish Sea to and from the ports of Holyhead and Dun Laoghaire.


Address: South Stack, Holyhead, Anglesey

Tel: 01407 763207 (Oriel Ynys Môn Heritage Gallery: 01248 724444)

Open:   Easter - September, 10.30 - 17.30 (last tour of lighthouse 16.50) Monday - Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays. At other times by appointment.

  • On the way down over 400 steps you will be able to view the geology of the surrounding vertical cliff faces.
  • Once on the island you will be able to see exhibitions on the bird life and the natural environment.
  • Visit the lighthouse engine room before climbing to the top of the lighthouse.
  • Discover the variety of natural habitats and complex rock formations.
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Stone Science

Stone Science is a family owned museum with dioramas depicting the evolving ages of the earth, including dinosaurs, plus thousands of fossils, minerals, crystals and arrowheads.

Address: Llanddyfnan, Pentraeth, Anglesey

Tel: 01248 450310

Open: Easter - end of October, daily, 10.00-18.00. Winter - weekends and school holidays only, 11.00-16.00

Location: On the B5109 towards Llangefni

Outside there is a safe children's play area, with pet goats and chickens, a full size replica Iron-Age Round House and other reconstructions. Minerals, fossils, crystals, jewellery, stone crafts and dinosaur models are also on sale.
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Swtan Folk Museum

Swtan, the last thatched cottage on Anglesey , has been restored and converted into a small folk museum.

Address: Church Bay , Rhydwyn, Anglesey

Tel:   01407 730501

Open:   Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12.00 - 16.30
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Ucheldre Centre

Here you will find a continual flow of art exhibitions, changing every four weeks.

Address:  Mill Bank, Holyhead, Anglesey LL65 1TE

Tel:  01407 763361 Fax:  01407 763341

Email:   enquiries@ucheldre.org

Open:   10.00 - 17.00 weekdays. 14.00 - 17.00 Sundays.

Classes are offered in life drawing or portraiture, together with workshops on acting. Varied events are staged by the literary society or music club. In the evenings, Ucheldre provides theatre, concerts or cinema.
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Tacla Taid Transport and Agriculture Museum

Tacla Taid, the Anglesey Transport and Agriculture Museum , is the largest of its kind in Wales . It features displays of cars, motorbikes, commercial and farm vehicles and static engines. There is also a children's play area, a souvenir shop and a tea room.

Address: Tyddyn Pwrpas, Newborough, Anglesey LL61 6TN

Tel:  01248 440344 Fax: 01248 440344

Email: taclataid@amserve.com

Open: Easter to end of October, 11.00-16.30

Location: On the A4419 towards Llangaffo.
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Marquess of Anglesey's Column

The column commemorates the first Marquess of Anglesey, who lost his leg whilst fighting alongside the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo. 115 steps take you up to 88.5 feet / 27m for views over Anglesey and Snowdonia. There is also a tea room and shop.

Address:   Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, Anglesey LL61 5NJ

Tel:   01248 714393
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Menai Bridge

Menai Bridge 's two impressive bridges provide Anglesey 's physical links with the mainland.

Thomas Telford's Menai Suspension Bridge (Pont Menai), opened in 1826. The world's first iron suspension bridge, it is 1,265ft/305m long, with a central span of 579ft / 177m with its roadway set 98ft / 30m above the water to allow tall ships to sail beneath. The Britannia Bridge (Pont Brittania), opened in 1850, is a magnificent prototype of box-girder design by William Fairbairn and Robert Stephenson. Originally built to carry rail traffic, this bridge was converted to a double-decked structure following a catastrophic fire in 1970. It now carries both rail and road traffic.

A short walk from Menai Bridge town centre brings the visitor to the base of the Menai Suspension Bridge , from where the true scale of this remarkable structure is best appreciated. The Belgian Promenade (built by Flemish refugees from the Great War between 1914-16) leads south west from here shortly reaching a causeway that links Church Island and the ancient Church of St Tysilio to the shore. A short walk around the church cemetery affords wonderful views of the Menai Strait , both bridges and Ynys Gorad Goch Island, whose residents once made a living from the fish caught at the traps built there.

Close up views of the Britannia Bridge can be had from the car park of the picturesque St Mary's Church , near the Carreg Bran Hotel (signposted off the A5 a short way west of Menai Bridge). There is also a monument to Nelson on the shore of the Strait, a short stroll away.

Menai Bridge has a selection of interesting shops, including antiques, books and ironmongers as well as the Tegfryn Art Gallery . There is also a good collection of pubs and restaurants catering for all tastes. The town has a bowling green and hosts two races in the annual Menai Strait Joint Regatta.

The town's male voice choir, Cantorion Menai , welcomes visitors to rehearsals (Tuesdays, 7.30pm-9.30pm, Capel Mawr Schoolhouse, phone: 01248 712581) and early March sees the Menai Bridge Urdd children's Eisteddfod, celebrating traditional Welsh culture.
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Moelfre Seawatch

Lifeboat and shipwreck displays, and memorabilia, can be seen at Moelfre's Seawatch Centre. You can also learn more about the Royal Charter tragedy, and how it brought Charles Dickens to Moelfre to report on the story.

Address: Moelfre, Anglesey LL72 8LG

Tel: 01248 410277 (season) 01248 724444 (out of season)

Email: MoelfreSeawatch@anglesey.gov.uk

Open: Easter - September, 11.00-17.00, Tuesday to Saturday (and Bank Holiday Mondays). Sunday 13.00-17.00. At other times by appointment.
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Foel Farm Park and Chocolate Farm

Fun on the Farm - family fun for all especially the children. Feed the animals (20p/bag) under cover and outside. Bottle feed newborn lambs in spring and early summer.

Address:  Brynsiencyn,  Anglesey LL61 6TQ

Tel: 01248 430646

Fax: 01248 430066

E-mail:  foel.farm@virginnet.co.uk

Open:   March1 - November 2nd - daily, 10.30 - 17.30;
 November 3 - February 28 -  Saturday and Sunday, 11.00 - 17.00

Location:   Off the A4080 - follow the brown signs outside Brynsiencyn.
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Haulfre Garden and Stables

This modest, but fascinating museum has an interesting collection of Victorian harness and saddlery, carts and carriages and other equestrian and transport material, housed in an historic stable block.

Address: Llangoed, Beaumaris, Anglesey

Tel: 01248 490709

Open:  Mid July - End of August, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday - Sunday, or at other times by appointment.

The equipment on display dates from an earlier age when horses were vital for transport, for agriculture and for haulage of heavy goods.
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Penmon Priory and Dovecote

You can visit the remains of the priory, the foundations of St Seiriol's Cell (which may have 6th century origins) and St Seiriol's Well, sited in a brick structure dating from the 17th century.

Address: Penmon, Anglesey

Tel: 01248 713177

In addition to the crosses, the Priory highlights include the square font and the richly carved pillars and arches. The conical tower is a prominent local landmark. Outside, on the south side of the cloister court, stand the ruins of a three-storey 13th century refectory with a dormitory. There are also well-preserved remains of a monastic fishpond and an Elizabethan dovecote. A leaflet guide to the church is available for a small donation.
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Oriel Ynys Môn Gallery and Museum

As a purpose built museum, arts and events gallery, Oriel Ynys Môn has so much to offer.

Address: Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, Anglesey  LL77 7TQ.
 
Tel: 01248 724444 Fax: 01248 750282
 
Open: 10:30 - 17:00, Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays).

Visitors who wish to learn about the cultural history of Anglesey can enjoy the centre's atmospheric Heritage Gallery which presents a vivid account of the island's past through sound, imagery, reconstructions and real artefacts. The Art Gallery offers a dynamic programme of creative exhibitions from all art forms, displaying the work of exhibitions from all art form, displaying the work of established artists and young talents alike. The Oriel also prides itself on its high calibre events programme, hosting an annual programme of professional concerts, cultural evenings and recitals by many of Wales ' most renowned and celebrated performers. There is also a cafe and shop.
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