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Anglesey – Mother of Wales
Anglesey (also referred to as the Isle of Anglesey) is an Island off the north west coast of Wales, connected to the mainland by two bridges across the Menai Strait, the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge.
A number of megalithic monuments can be found on Anglesey, including menhirs, which are usually long stones placed in the ground (their purpose is uncertain).
Druids had long been associated with Anglesey, until the Romans took control of the island from around 78 AD until the early 5th century. The island was then colonised by pirates from Ireland until 470 AD, when they were driven out by a Gododdin warlord from Scotland. Anglesey has been invaded by Vikings, Saxons and Normans, before eventually falling to Edward I in the 13th century.
Reasons to visit Anglesey
With some 125 miles of coastline (all designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty), there is much to offer those who enjoy sandy beaches, or the sheer cliff faces at South Stack near Holyhead, where you can see auks, puffins, razorbills, guillemots, choughs and peregrine falcons.
Other attractions include: Beaumaris Castle (described as the most technically perfect medieval castle in Britain), Ellin’s Tower (for a great view of the seabirds and the Irish Sea), Anglesey Model Village and Gardens (featuring many of Anglesey’s landmarks in one twelfth scale), and many other interesting places for adults and children to enjoy.
Entertainment and Dining inAnglesey
Entertainment can be found in many of the local pubs and clubs, and there is a good selection of places to eat, such as The Lobster Pot Restaurant in Church Bay (seafood menu) and the Bishopsgate Restaurant in Beaumaris (International and Welsh food).
There are hundreds of different accommodation options in Anglesey, so you are guaranteed to find something that matches your requirements and budget. You could choose the Stables Hotel (accommodation is on the ground level for easy access), or perhaps The Fairway Country Hotel in Morfa Nefyn. As an alternative to hotels there are Apartments, Bed and Breakfast, Holiday Houses and Caravan Parks.