Areas in Anglesey

Anglesey Towns & Villages

Anglesey, Beaumaris, The Castle and the Mountains

By virtue of the agricultural history of Anglesey in North Wales, it is mostly filled with small, picturesque villages and hamlets surrounded by sweeping green fields. The towns that we have are not large, with Holyhead – the largest – having a population of approximately 13,000.

Holyhead is primarily a port to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, and this has been the case for thousands of years. There are lots of small welcoming pubs and places to eat and stay. The church of St Cybi`s has been there since the 13th century and was built on the site of a Roman garrison. On the outskirts of the town are some new shopping complexes, albeit Anglesey sized.

Llangefni is a market town historically and remains so today, and it boasts a hotel and one or two pubs. The town market is friendly and quite varied in its offerings. A walk down the Dingle just off the town car park is a must for the first time visitor. An interesting art gallery – Oriel Mon – is well worth a visit. It houses the Tunnicliffe and soon the (Kyffin Williams) collections and exhibitions by other local artists. The gallery is located right next to Llangefni Golf Club, and both are within walking distance of the town, otherwise, there is sufficient parking at both of these venues.

Beaumaris (meaning beautiful marsh) boasts the last Edwardian castle to be built in Wales. The castle is in a remarkably good state of repair and is actually accessible from within this small town. Built by James of St George, who I believe also designed the beautiful Norman church in the town – St Mary`s. St Mary`s houses the sarcophagus of Joan (died 1237), daughter of King John and consort of Llewellyn ap Iorwerth – Prince of Wales. The sarcophagus was rescued from use as a horse watering trough. Another attraction is the Beaumaris Gaol. There is a tourist info office on the main street. Enjoy cream teas outside a cafe, or a pint of beer sitting outside the pub in the square.

Newborough (formerly Rhosyr) was a very important part of mediaeval Anglesey, as proven by the recent discovery there of the royal court of Prince Llywelyn, named Llys Rhosyr. There is a beautiful building in the village named the J. Pritchard Jones Memorial Hall, which houses an excellent small library, and also an exhibition of the Llys Rhosyr site. I understand that Menter Mon is in the process of trying to acquire funds to refurbish this building, and we wish them every success in this commendable effort.

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Henblas Country Park on the Island of Anglesey

This is one of Anglesey’s most popular attractions for an enjoyable day out. Henblas Country Park has much to offer all ages, with a range of animals on display, timed displays – my favourite was a sheepdog display – but the dog was herding ducks, making them

Dolwyddelan Castle in Gwynedd, North Wales

Castell Dolwyddelan Castle is a Welsh built Castle, built in the 13th century by Prince Llywelyn ap Iorwerth – Llywelyn the Great. The square stone Keep is in very good condition, and the views from the tower are sensational. This castle was ideally situated to control and

Gwydir Castle in the Conwy Valley near Llanrwst

This page is dedicated to my good friends – Katherine and William Jefferson Wynn of Birmingham, Alabama – a possible descendant of the Wynns of Gwydir. Gwydir Castle – sometimes spelt Gwydyr – is the ancestral home of the Wyn / Wynn / Wynne dynasty of North

Parc Glynllifon Park in North Wales

Plas Glynllifon Estate is the ancestral home of the Glynne and Wynn(e) family, who trace their ancestry back to a possibly mythical character named Cilmyn Troed Ddu, who supposedly settled near to the River Llifon in the 9th century. The estate boasts one of only three grade

Rhosyr

The remains of a court at Newborough (known as Rhosyr up till the 14th century, and Rhosfair before that) was discovered in the late 1990s. It was once one of five such courts on Anglesey. In mediaeval times the kings and princes of Wales travelled up and

Kingsland in Holyhead, Anglesey

The people of the town will be glad to hear that the eyesores they have endured for so long at Kingsland may soon be reduced to rubble. It has been announced that the derelict buildings that once were the Colosseum Nightclub (which once was Sunnyside Snooker Club),