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Anglesey – Ynys Môn in Welsh – is an island off the coast of North West Wales, accessible by road, rail, and even boat.

Although it’s the largest island in Wales, at 260 square miles, you’ll rarely have to drive for more than one hour when getting between places so it makes sense to pick one area to base yourself and make day trips to different parts of the island.

Lucky for you, that’s exactly what I did and in this guide, I’ll recommend some good places to stay on the isle of Anglesey along with some of my favourite accommodations.

1. Llangefni 

Best For: Minimising Travel Time

Llangefni is right in the heart of Anglesey, located near the centre of the island, making it an ideal place to stay if you want to minimise your travel time each day.

It has a lot of history as a market town, and is the home to some natural wonders, including the Dingle Nature Reserve, which offers the chance to enjoy a lovely walk through nature, alongside the wildlife that have made it their home.

Highlights: The Dingle Nature Reserve, Oriel Ynys Mon, Lon Las Cefni

Recommended Places to Stay:

  • Tŷ Clûd – A three bedroom holiday home based in the centre of the town, offering a garden and fully fitted kitchen and bathroom.
  • The Lodge at Dafarn Newydd – The Lodge offers a high standard of accommodation, and has excellent reviews from people who have stayed there. A bicycle rental service is also available.
  • Dafarn Newydd Studio – A deluxe studio apartment with modern furnishings and beautiful garden views. Perfect for a couple!

2. Beaumaris

Best For: Lots of Things To Do, Plenty of Places to Eat & Drink

Beaumaris is a town on the eastern coast of Anglesey, with just under 2,000 residents1 (source: Wikipedia). It packs a historical punch as the site was originally a viking settlement.

Other historical sites include Beaumaris Castle built from 1295 onwards, a courthouse built in 1614 and a Gaol in 1829 – all of which are open to visit. It’s also the launching point for visiting Puffin Island.

As well as plenty of things to do in Beaumaris, it also has several great independent cafes, pubs, and restaurants which is why it’s my second favourite place to stay.

Highlights: Beaumaris Castle, Beaumaris Gaol, Pier, Beaumaris Courthouse tour

Recommended Places to Stay:

  • The Bulkeley Hotel – This seafront hotel is close to Beaumaris Castle and Pier, making it a great spot for holidaymakers. There are also a number of rooms with a sea view.
  • Ty Biwmares – A former Chapel, which has been transformed into a welcoming holiday home with three bedrooms, located just 350 yards from the beach. 
  • Holiday Home Church Street – Sited 200 yards from the beach, this historic building dates back to the 13th century, and even offers free bicycles for local exploration.

3. Trearddur Bay

Best For: Alternative to Holyhead, Exploring the North of the Island

Although Holyhead is the largest town in Anglesey, I wouldn’t recommend staying here because it’s not very beautiful. Instead, I recommend opting for Trearddur Bay, a small village on the west coast of Holy Island. This is still only a 5-minute drive from Holyhead where you’ll have access to many supermarkets and familiar shop/restaurant chains if that’s the type of thing you’d like.

The area is known as Holy Island because of the various religious stones and history within the small island. Holy Island is connected to Anglesey by two road links, and contains a number of towns and villages itself. Trearddur is a seaside spot which is a great quiet place to stay, and enjoy the beauty of Holy Island.

Highlights: Trearddur Bay Beach, South Stack Lighthouse, Breakwater Country Park

Recommended Places to Stay:

  • Bryn Dale – This five bedroom holiday home is just 550 yards from the Bay, and ideal for larger families or groups. Pets are also welcome.
  • Tullochside – A four bedroom holiday home which is situated across the road from the beach, offering great sea views.
  • Rhodri Apartment – Ideal for a couple, this apartment has sea views, a sun terrace, and modern facilities.

4. Amlwch

Best For: Walking and Hiking Routes, Budget-Friendly

Amlwch is the third largest town in Anglesey based on population2 (source: Wikipedia), situated in the north of Anglesey. In my opinion, this area has some of the best stretches of Anglesey’s coastline and some of my favourite walking routes. It’s also a great part of Anglesey to stay in if you’re on a budget.

The downside is that it’s about as far north as you can get so it may be a little out of the way if you want to visit some of the other attractions around the island.

Highlights: Our Lady Star of the Sea and St Winefride Church, Amlwch Copper Kingdom, Coastal Path

Recommended Places to Stay:

  • Trecastell Hotel – An adult-only hotel which offers sea views, a hearty breakfast, and a good location to base yourself.
  • Sportsmans Lodge B&B – A welcoming B&B based in a rural location, with communal lounge and en suite rooms.
  • The Anchorage – This small hotel is located on the beachfront, offering apartment-style accommodation, and great views from its terrace.

5. Newborough

Best For: Exploring the South of Anglesey

Newborough is a village in the southwest of Anglesey which received its name when locals were moved from Beaumaris to the ‘new borough’ to make space for the construction of Beaumaris Castle.

There aren’t many places to stay in the village itself, but I can highly recommend basing yourself anywhere in the south-westerly section of Anglesey between Newborough and Llanfairpwll.

This area is home to many great attractions including Ynys Llanddwyn (home to the famous Twr Mawr Lighthouse and St Dwynwen’s Church), the National Trust property Plas Newydd, and many ancient burial sites.

Highlights: Newborough Beach, Ynys Llanddwyn, Plas Newydd, St Cwyfan’s Church

Recommended Places to Stay:

  • Newborough Cottage – This cute cottage comes with sea views and is close to activities like hiking, snorkelling, diving and windsurfing – ideal for adventurers.
  • Hot Tub Holiday Home – As the name suggests, this is a perfect option for families, with three bedrooms, a Hot Tub, and pets are also welcome. 
  • Ty Canol – A beautiful four bedroom property styled as a large cabin. It comes with sea views, and a garden with Hot Tub and BBQ.

6. Menai Bridge

Best For: Short Visits, Exploring the Mainland Too

Home to the World’s first iron suspension bridge when it was built in 1826, Menai Bridge is more than just a bridge, however – it is also a town with a population of just under 5,000 people.

Thanks to its location, you can enjoy views of the Menai Straits, alongside attractions like the Heritage Centre, and Plas Cadnant Gardens. It’s typically the first place you’ll reach when you visit Anglesey so it’s a great place for those on a short trip to stay to minimise their driving time across the island.

You can also visit many places on the mainland from here too, including Caernarfon (just 15 minutes away by car) and Conwy (just 25 minutes away). Although both of these places to really deserve more than just a day trip.

Highlights: Menai Suspension Bridge, Plas Cadnant Gardens, Menai Heritage Museum

Recommended Places to Stay:

  • The Old Bailey – Located centrally, The Old Bailey offers a good-sized accommodation, with three bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a patio with sea views.
  • Apartment – This two-bedroom apartment is a well-placed option for those exploring the area, and pets are welcome – perfect for couples with a furry friend!
  • Anglesey Beach House – This beautiful beach house comes with six bedrooms and stunning sea views. The luxury home describes itself as having ‘possibly the best views in Anglesey’.

Related Questions

What is the Main Town of Anglesey?

Llangefni is the county town, and centre of local government and administration in Anglesey, however, Holyhead is the largest town.

Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.