We had a great time in Anglesey this Summer. We spent a week staying in a cottage near Pentre Berw. When I was searching for accommodation I liked the remote location of the cottage whilst being close to lots of beaches and local attractions. Normally I would prioritise being close to other families so that our kids could make friends, however this has been no ordinary year and being in a quiet location with lots of space and just one family nearby seemed ideal. Our cottage was smart with everything we needed. We had plenty of safe outdoor space allowing the kids to play out and play on their scooters.
We were blessed with some amazing weather which meant we spent most of our days exploring the beautiful beaches nearby. Many people had recommended Newborough Beach, so we headed there on our first day. When we got close, we were advised by men in high vis jackets that it was full. We headed West and we found ourselves on a beautiful quiet beach called Traeth LLydan (also known as Broad Beach). This stunning beach is near Rhosneigr and was perfect for us. We brought our own food most days as there are no shops or facilities on the beach, however there were shops and restaurants in Rhosneigr. There is an RAF airfield near to Rhosneigr and we saw the most amazing display whilst on the beach one day.
We also visited Benllech beach one day, but this was too busy for me. There were lots of people setting up camp with little regard to social distancing. I decided it was time to leave when a family arrived and practically prodded me and my daughter with their windbreaker poles. We parked in the town and there is a very steep hill down to the beach, which meant a long trudge back to the car. The beach itself was pretty and there were rockpools to explore, but I preferred the quieter beaches on the South coast of Anglesey.
Eating Out in Anglesey
We did not eat out as much as we would normally do on a holiday due to Covid restrictions and concerns. We did get out one afternoon to an amazing restaurant called the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr. It is located close to our favourite beach (Traeth Llydan) and the food is amazing and the views are spectacular. There are various seafood dishes, as well as family favourites. I had a great big dish of mussels which was gorgeous and the kids enjoyed their freshly cooked nuggets and sausages. We all loved it and the staff were doing all they could to maintain social distance and help customers enjoy their meals safely. If you can only have one meal out in Anglesey then this may be the best place to go. Check out the website for the Oyster Catcher in Rhosneigr.
I had a list of restaurants that I wanted to try so I am hoping we can get back there in the near future. The Sea Shanty Cafe in Trearddur Bay looks amazing with a great big selection of ice creams. Also Catch 22 in Valley looks like a lovely restaurant with good quality food and a nice setting.
There are lots of visitor attractions on Anglesey including the Anglesey Sea Zoo, the Pili Palas Nature World, Baumaris Castle, Beaumaris Gaol, South Stack RSPB Cliffs and various nature reserves. Some of the nature reserves were closed due to Covid and Beaumaris Castle offered limited restricted access to visitors.
Our kids loved the Anglesey Sea Zoo and we even returned (with free entry within 7 days of first visit). The cafe was a bit of a disaster for us as we waited about an hour for basic lunch and the coffee was poor, so I couldn’t recommend eating there, although Covid restrictions may have played a part. Pili Palas is a fun day out for the kids and my girls loved the talks about the animals.
Beaumaris Gaol is an unusual family outing, but I had read lots of positive reports on Tripadvisor so we decided to visit. We wore masks in line with Cold requirements and numbers were limited as the cells and corridors are quite small. We quite enjoyed the short tour. It is a Victorian prison with a dark history, but there are some interesting tales and our kids liked it.
South Stack is worth a visit as it is beautiful. We couldn’t get right inside the lighthouse due to Covid restrictions, but it was worth the drive for a pretty view and there are lots of puffins to spot in Spring.
Anglesey or Cornwall?
We have enjoyed family holidays in Cornwall and there are more larger family attractions in the area, but I thought Anglesey was more beautiful, a lot less busy and for us, it is much closer to home. The main attractions and beaches are easily within an hour’s drive, while everything felt like a long journey in Cornwall. Overall I kept feeling that Anglesey was a better location for a family holiday than Cornwall. We were blessed with lots of beautiful weather and we haven’t always been so lucky in Cornwall so maybe this affects my preference.