Town to stay in: Moelfre
Moelfre is an attractive small coastal village, surrounded by a collection of important heritage sites.
There are some fine beaches nearby, accessible from the village by cliff paths: Traeth Bychan to the south and Traeth Lligwy to the north.
The offshore rocks around Moelfre are dangerous and have caused several shipwrecks. On the coastal path to the north of the village stands a monument to 400 souls lost aboard the Royal Charter, sunk in local waters en route from Australia to Liverpool in 1859. Lifeboat and shipwreck displays and memorabilia can be seen at Moelfre’s Seawatch Centre.
Some of the victims of the Royal Charter are buried in Llanallgo churchyard, just outside the village. The Reverend Stephen Hughes reputedly wrote 1,000 letters to the victims’ family and friends. In a field 2 miles north of the church on the A5025 is a distinctive pillar monument to the Morris brothers, who were renowned Welsh 18th century letter writers and academics.
Moelfre also has two important heritage sites in its vicinity. To the west is the Neolithic Din Lligwy burial chamber, dating back to the end of the 3rd century. Nearby lie the remains of a Roman age settlement, the Din Lligwy Hut Group and the 12th century Lligwy chapel. The chapel building, now roofless, was originally built in the 12th century, but the upper parts of the walls were reconstructed in the 14th century and a small underground crypt added in the 16th century.
The RNLI lifeboat station at Moelfre holds open days in July and August (tel: 01248 410367).
Moelfre has two important heritage sites in its vicinity. To the west is the Neolithic Din Lligwy Burial Chamber , dating back to the end of the 3rd century BC, with its massive capstone weighing in excess of 25 tons. It was excavated in 1909, when the remains of 15-30 people were found, together with shards of beaker and grooved ware pottery, which provided evidence of the tomb’s age. Nearby lie the remains of a Roman age settlement, the Din Lligwy Hut Group . The hut group dates from the latter period of the Roman occupation. Coins and pottery found here have been dated from the 4th century AD, although excavations and finds of earlier structures suggest that it was in use long before.
An attractive, shingle cove forms a harbour. The beach is suitable for sailing, fishing, boating, picnics and walks with parking and toilet facilities available.
Access: Moelfre is signposted off the A5025. O.S Grid Ref: SH 513 862
Award: Rural Seaside Award
Tel: 01248 752820
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)
Open: Easter – September, 11.00-17.00, Tuesday to Saturday (and Bank Holiday Mondays). Sunday 13.00-17.00. At other times by appointment.