We spent our summer holiday visiting Anglesey in North Wales. With our three kids in tow (aged 8 and 4) I thought it’d be handy to put together a few places we would definitely recommend for a good family day out with kids in Anglesey.
This National Trust site is an incredibly grand sight to behold. There is so much space fot the kids to run around and they also enjoyed the indoor train exhibition. We had a stroll down to the beautiful walled gardens but they were taken with the playground which is hidden in the woods. It has again some stunning views but I would say it is an uphill walk to the castle so you may want to bear this in mind for little legs. We also had a few issues parking which was quite restricted. There are toilets as you go in and also near the café but it’s quite a way to the walled garden so make sure they aren’t caught short!
We absolutely loved Rhosneigr beach; it was the first one we properly visited on a glorious day and wasn’t far from where we stayed in Bethel. You can park all day at the library and there’s lots of little shops, takeaways and cafes for lunch.
Out of all the beaches we visited in Anglesey, our favourite beach by far was Newborough beach. It cost us just £4 to park but as you drive down through all the trees, you know you are going somewhere special and my word it was gorgeous. There are so many beautiful beaches that you really are spoiled for choice. Most are dog friendly, but some have areas which aren’t. Just be careful as on Rhosneigr there seemed to be hundreds of dogs running loose; just something to bear in mind in case you have little ones not keen.
We spent hours in Beaumaris which is such a pretty seaside town. The obvious attraction is Beaumaris Castle but we decided not to go inside as we had already visited Penrhyn Castle and there was so much more to explore. We opted instead for a boat trip to Puffin Island where we spotted some seals and got up close to a stunning lighthouse.
Our afternoon was spend crabbing off the pier. Lots of the local shops sell all the gear at a very reasonable price too, along with buckets and spades (99p for a bucket!) All five of us had such a lovely afternoon, topped off with ice cream from the Red Boat parlour which had some pretty amazing flavour including a Nutella based one – amazing.
I have to admit this was my husbands idea and I wasn’t convinced. Even as we pulled up, I still was dubious however I was completely wrong. There was so much to see and do. Not only do they have two really good outdoor play areas but they also have a lovely new looking indoor soft play area so no matter what the weather the kids have options. They had lots of animals including meercats, snakes, parrots, pigs and doinkey. You can also walk through the butyterfly room which allows you to get up close with them – just be careful you don’t end up with any stuck on you as you go to leave!
Plas Newydd House
Another National Trust site but Plas Newydd has some pretty stunning views. As you stand at the top of the hill by the house, you get the most gorgeous views of the sea to look out upon.
The kids also found the most amazing treehouse we have ever seen. They absolutely loved going inside and playing and having real good outdoors fun. It also boats a huge play area which looked a tad dated but there is a lot to do so it never felt crowded despite going in the middle of the summer holidays.
There is so much else to see and do with the kids. We ate in some lovely places and I will be doing a review of the family friendly accommodation we stayed in at Ty Salloyd.