Why The Isle of Anglesey
The Isle of Anglesey is an island situated off the north-west coast of Wales. Anglesey is a fairly low-lying island with mountains spaced evenly over the north of the island. To the south the island is separated from the Welsh mainland by the Menai Strait, which at its most narrow point is about 250 metres wide. To all other directions the island is surrounded by the Irish Sea. It is the 51st largest island in Europe. Historically, Anglesey has been linked with druids. The island was brought into the Roman Empire in AD 78, during this reign; the area was famous for the mining of copper. There are some spectacular castles to be seen across Anglesey including the unfinished work of art that is Beaumaris Castle. Be sure not to miss a trip to Thomas Telford’s impressive suspension bridge on your visit.
Anglesey may be small, but it is jam packed with activities for the whole family. For a fun filled adventure, try out a RibRide boat around the island to see Anglesey in all its glory. Take the chance while out on the boat to visit secluded beaches around the island. Get your adrenaline running by challenging someone to a race on a go kart at Cartio Môn Karting’s outdoor track.
For something a little less adventurous you could try your hand at diving in Porth Castell on the western coast. The coastline has many wrecks and reefs and is rich in marine life. There are also many cycling routes in the region presenting many wonderful views.
If you feel like taking it easy why not enjoy a leisurely wildlife walks that take you around the coast or even play a spot of golf at the Baron Hill Golf Club to pass the time and enjoy the pretty scenery.
Arts & Culture
The Isle of Anglesey has plenty to keep you occupied when you are not taking part in the activities on offer. Amlwch Copper Kingdom at Parys Mountain gives you a great insight to the history of the island. The kingdom shows you the lives of the miners back in the Bronze Age, how they lived and what they achieved. Copper from this mine coated the warships of the Royal Navy at Trafalgar in 1805. To find out more about the history of the mines give the Copper Kingdom a visit.
Din Lligwy is an ancient village near the east coast of Anglesey. The large blocks of white limestone megaliths that make up the site of Din Lligwy are striking and unusual. The place has an aged atmosphere that makes you feel like you are surrounded by history. The origins of the settlement go back to the Iron Age and continued by the Romans. A large area remains, including the foundations of many buildings, many made from the local limestone. Din Lligwy is located on a low hill with excellent views over Anglesey.
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