Travel on a Budget: Best 10 Free Things to Do In Anglesay!
Travel on a Budget: Best 10 Free Things to Do In Anglesay!
Are you looking for a holiday that won't break the bank? Then head to Anglesey! With stunning ocean views, miles of sandy beaches, and picture-perfect coastal towns, this incredible location offers an abundance of activities that are completely free. Get lost wandering the charming lanes in Beaumaris; cycle around the many cycle lanes on the island; or learn about ancient history at the Neolithic Bryn Celli Ddu – there is something for everyone in this delightful destination. Whether it's reconnecting with nature or enjoying some peaceful strolling around the majestic landscapes, Anglesey holds endless opportunities to have fun without spending a penny!
In this blog post we:
- List the best places to visit for no charge at all
- Show all places on an interactive map to help you locate each place easily.
Updated and correct as of 27/09/23.
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Museums and Galleries
Oriel Môn is an expansive art gallery and museum situated in Anglesey that honours the life’s work of renowned artists. Take a journey through time while exploring the prominent collections from Charles Tunnicliffe, Sir Kyffin Williams, the Massey sisters and more! Uncover intriguing stories about Welsh culture, history and environment at their interactive History Gallery or experience current exhibitions showcasing striking pieces across all genres - including drama and sculpture.
RNLI Moelfre Lifeboat Station
In the picturesque village of Moelfre lies a lifeboat station with an illustrious history. Managed by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and boasting 37 awards for gallantry, this station is truly remarkable. Most notably, two Gold Medals were bestowed upon Coxswain Richard Evans in recognition for his outstanding service to seafarers over many years. Learn about the history of the station and see the lifeboats up close!
Oriel Beaumaris, Ian Walton Gallery
Vibrant oil paintings of Wales's stunning landscapes and seascapes can be found in this contemporary gallery located in Beaumaris. The talented artist behind these captivating works, Ian Walton, is an award-winning painter whose prints have been proudly acquired by none other than King Charles III and Sir Richard Branson for their private collections!
History and Culture
St Cwyfan’s Church
St Cwyfan's church, often referred to as the "little church in the sea", has been a beloved landmark on Anglesey for centuries. This Grade II listed structure is situated in a bay between Aberffraw and the aptly-named Anglesey Circuit. Today, visitors from around the United Kingdom flock during hours of low tide to explore what now stands 'marooned', making up one of Isles of Anglesey most iconic tourist sites and picturesque spots.
Bryn Celli Ddu
Bryn Celli Ddu is an iconic Neolithic structure where visitors can explore a henge enclosing a circle of stones along with the remarkable chambered tomb beneath it - measuring up to 85 feet (26m) across and featuring its own 8-foot long passageway! In addition to human bones, arrowheads and carved stones found inside over time - this special site also has one extra celestial secret; every summer solstice when the sun rises just right – shafts of sunlight enter throughout the passageway directly into the illuminating chamber within for an awe inspiring effect.
Holyhead Mountain Hut Circles
Nestled in the mystic lands of Holy Island lies a fascinating relic from bygone times - The Holyhead Mountain Hut Circles. These circular remains are thought to be relics from the prehistoric Celtic Iron Age. Nowadays, over twenty original structures survive as foundations with traces of internal divisions that hint towards how things once were – imagine conical roofs topping snug huts made entirely out of stone! Exploring these remarkable dwellings bring history vividly alive!
Walks and Nature Trails
Anglesey Coastal Path
Explore the stunning beauty of Anglesey's 130-mile coastline by taking a journey along the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path. A designated Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this route will take you through spectacular landscapes including farmland, coastal heath, dunes and salt marshes to name just a few - even a National Nature Reserve! Best explored on foot over a number of days, get ready for an adventure that takes your breath away!
South Stack Cliffs RSPB Reserve
Explore the raw beauty of South Stack Cliffs on Holy Island, a reserve made up of heathland and farmland that is framed by dramatic sea cliffs. Visit in spring for an incredible seabird spectacle with over 9,000 razorbills, guillemots and puffins breeding along these iconic clifftops. Rare choughs can be seen swooping above all year round! Marvel at this breathtaking landscape combined with sites rich in geological and archaeological interest - 180k visitors flock here yearly to take it all in!
Holyhead Breakwater Country Park
Escape to Anglesey's stunning countryside and experience the history, natural beauty, and outdoor activities at Holyhead Breakwater Country Park. Located near Holyhead town, visitors can enjoy a variety of walks suitable for all levels that lead up to Holyhead Mountain and South Stack. The picturesque coastal setting offers spectacular views amongst native gorse & heather as well as bird watching opportunities in its former rock quarry lake!
Experience a unique and unforgettable terrain when you visit Parys Mountain! Meander around the old copper mine to witness an ancient environment that has been shaped over centuries by nothing more than picks, shovels and gunpowder. At the top of this stony land lies the Great Opencast - a viewing platform with captivating views across its hues, from brown vistas dotted with wildlife such as skylarks, meadow pipits and chough birds. As geologists have established, it is not exactly what they would call 'mountainous' given its elevation of only 150m; yet nevertheless it houses unparalleled beauty amidst Wales's ever-changing landscape.
Use the map below to locate all the places mentioned to create an itinerary for your trip.
Open Google Maps to see distance information between locations and directions on how to get to each place.
All outdoor activities including walking involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!
Other Blog Posts From Anglesey
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