The Isle of Anglesey or Ynys Mon, is Wales' largest island and is connected to the mainland by two bridges, the Menai and the Britannia. Anglesey has a rich history associated with the Celtic Druids, the Roman Empire, Irish pirates, the Kingdom of Gwynedd and King Edward I who began the construction of Beaumaris Castle.
With stunning landscapes, unspoiled coastline and picturesque towns and villages, Anglesey waits to be explored. Most of the coastline is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and so whether your preference is walking, cycling, watersports or just relaxing on the beach, Anglesey has you covered.
There are also many quality restaurants to eat, and interesting places to see, and things to do. Go discover, but be careful - once is never enough, and this island is addictive!!!
Moelfre is an unspoiled seaside fishing village, in the image of a childhood vision; picturesque bay, beach, breathtaking views across Snowdonia, Puffin Island and the Great Orme, a working lifeboat station, and tales of piracy, shipwrecks, lost treasure and daring rescues at sea.
The village provides an excellent vantage point to view ocean going ships to pleasureboats sailing around the Irish Sea.
Moelfre is of the few places, where in such a small area, history can be traced back over 4,000 years. Within just 1.5 miles, visit the neolithic burial chamber of Lligwy dating from 2,000BC, Din Lligwy, the remains of a 4th Century Romano-British Village. Also, on 26 October 1859, the worst Welsh maritime disaster hit Moelfre, with the Gold Bullion steam clipper ship, the Royal Charter, sinking off the coast of Moelfre costing 459 lives. Many victims were buried at St Gallgo's Church, Llangallo, where you can still vist the graves less than a mile from the cottage, and well worth a visit, as Charles Dickens himself did to inspire the second chapter, The Shipwreck, in his book, The Uncommercial Traveller. Eerily, a century later, almost to the day, the Hindlea sank in another October storm in 1959, where Coxwain Richard 'Dick' Evans and just two of his crew and an untrained local performed a daring rescue in the Moelfre lifeboat rescuing all crew. It's anchor is now displayed close to the beach.
Moelfre beach is pebbly, and ideal for skimming stones, but if sandy beaches are your preference, Lligwy is just a mile or so north and offers a fantastic large sandy beach.
For amenities/attractions, Moelfre has a small general store/post office, an ever popular chip shop/cafe, the renowned Ann's Pantry eatery, superb pub with spectacular sea views, beach snack cabin, Seawatch Centre RNLI museum, state of the art lifeboat station, a few interesting shops (wool shop and gift shop), fabulous walks from the door on the Anglesey Coastal Path, and of course, the fantastic pebble beach and rocks.
Beaumaris is a beautiful coastal town, packed with history and architecture dating back almost 800 years. The jewel in King Edward I's North Wales castle building can be seen at Beaumaris Castle with it's symmetrical design. There is also the Courthouse, built in 1614 (now a museum), the 14th Century Parish Church, St Mary's and St Nicholas's, and the Victorian Beaumaris Gaol (also now a museum). Tudor Rose on Castle Street was built in c.1400 and is one of the oldest surviving timber framed British buildings. Ye Olde Bulls Head Inn was built in 1472 and was prominent as a headquarters in the English Civil War in 1648 - Charles Dickens is one of it's most famous guests. Beaumaris Pier opened in 1846 and remains a popular attraction in the town, complete with outdoor Lido and RNLI lifeboat station. There is also beaches either side of the Pier with breathtaking views across the Menai Straits across to the grandeur of the mountains of Snowdonia.
The town is full of excellent pubs, restaurants, boutique shops and quaint tea/coffee shops, and the town is perfect as either a base to explore Anglesey, or to lock up the car and stay in the town.
Menai Bridge is only a few miles up the road, and features a wider choice of amenities, with popular restaurants, shops and a Waitrose supermarket.