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Anglesey is a beautiful place with stunning scenery, epic walks and lots of Blue Flag Beaches. These are all excellent choices for a family day out, however, there are plenty of other attractions that will keep the whole family entertained that you should consider visiting.
I’ve recently visited Anglesey and created an epic list of things to do there. However, for those visiting Anglesey with children or toddlers, I’ve decided to share this dedicated list of family-friendly activities.
1. See Over 100 Old Cars at Anglesey Transport Museum
At Anglesey Transport Museum, you can see a huge collection of more than 100 motorbikes, cars, vans, and military and agricultural vehicles. The museum is well-known and even featured on “A Great Welsh Adventure” with Griff Rhys Jones1 (source: YouTube).
You can also visit the onsite workshop, you’ll have the chance to ask the mechanics questions whilst they worked on restoring more cars for the museum.
The kids will also enjoy a stop at the on-site café, which serves an excellent range of food and uses local produce, plus the play area is sure to keep them entertained for a while.
2. Do the Animal Puzzle Trail at Newborough Forest
The animal puzzle trail at Newborough Forest gives the whole family the chance to explore the beauty of the area, whilst keeping the kids entertained by searching for animals and clues along the trail.
The trail is very easy at 1 mile (1.5km) long, along wide pathways that are mostly level with no stairs or stiles so it’s very accessible for prams and wheelchairs too.
What’s even better is that it’s free and the trail map can be picked up from a dispenser in the car park.
The whole area is a sanctuary for wildlife and I loved meandering my way through the forest spotting various animals and plants, before making my way to the maze of dunes and the coastline.
3. Take a Treasure Trail
If you’re unsure what a treasure trail is, let me explain; it’s a guided walk that allows you to explore towns, cities & villages across the UK whilst cracking clues and taking in the sights along the way.
It’s a great way to keep the kids occupied whilst exploring. There are two different trails on Anglesey, you can choose from the Holyhead Spy Mission or the Beaumaris Treasure Quest.
The trails can be downloaded from the Treasure Trails website and you can submit your answers at the end to download certificates and be entered into their monthly draw where you could win cash prizes.
4. Visit the Adventure Playground at Plas Newydd
Plas Newydd was the home of the Ladies of Llangollen, Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, who eloped and set up house together in the late 18th century, scandalising contemporary British society2 (source: Wikipedia).
Today the site is a National Trust property that offers a range of activities for the whole family. When I visited, I enjoyed taking a tour of the house, garden and woodland.
Children will enjoy the adventure play park which is situated in the Old Dairy Wood. The equipment is excellent and will really test their climbing skills as they attempt to traverse rope bridges and cargo nets. They will be sure to have hours of fun here.
5. Visit South Stack Lighthouse
Tales of lighthouses and lighthouse keepers are popular in children’s books, so why not bring those stories to life with a visit to an actual working lighthouse at South Stack.
Of course, the job of a lighthouse keeper has long gone, but at South Stack you can still learn about this historic role and see all the old equipment. You ca even climb the lighthouse tower itself to see the light in action and get panoramic views across the sea.
Keep in mind that there is a minimum height requirement of 1.1m so this activity is not suitable for babies, toddlers, or younger children. See my full guide to visiting South Stack Lighthouse for more information.
6. Build a Miniature Castle at Beaumaris Castle
There are plenty of great things to do in Beaumaris so you could spend a whole day exploring the area, however, most people will know it for the enormous Beaumaris Castle that’s touted as the ‘greatest castle never built’.
A visit to the castle includes a short introduction video, climbing the towers and wondering the keep, as well as walking along the walls for fantastic views across the countryside, even seeing the mountainous landscape of Snowdonia on a clear day.
One element of Beaumaris Castle that the kids will enjoy is taking the opportunity to build a replica of the castle from soft play blocks shaped like different sections of the castle – it’s always great to see what young creative minds can come up with!
Dogs are also welcome in the castle providing they stay on ground floor levels.
7. Let Loose With Soft Play at Holyhead Empire Play Centre
What’s better on a rainy day than letting the kids run off some steam at an indoor soft-play centre whilst you take the opportunity to try and relax.
Holyhead Empire play centre is an excellent choice whilst in the area as it has a 3-tier soft play that caters for children of all ages.
It is reasonably priced with entry costing £4.25 for children over 4 and £3.25 for children over 3. Adults can enter for free when paying for a child.
8. Enjoy the Children’s Play Area at Breakwater Country Park
Holyhead Breakwater County Park is an old quarry where the stone was taken from in order to build Holyhead Breakwater, which at 2.39km (1.5 miles) is the longest breakwater in Europe.
The former quarry has now been turned into a great destination for visitors, with scenic walks, plenty of wildlife to spot and a recently constructed play park which serves as an excellent pastime for children to practice their skills navigating across the equipment (or at least keeps them busy while parents enjoy the cafe).
9. Check Out the Nature Trail at Llynon Windmill
Llynon Mill was built in 1775 and is the only working windmill of it’s kind in Wales (although it was under repair during my visit so I look forward to returning when the sails are turning once again).
I visited the windmill expecting it to be a historic attraction, but it was far more of a family-friendly attraction than I had envisioned. As well as visiting the mill itself, there is a replica of an Iron Age roundhouse where you can build your own Iron Age structures, and there’s a nature trail with a scavenger hunt. All of these activities are included in the entrance fee.
Of course, no visit to Llynon Windmill is complete with trying some of their delicious and renowned Anglesey donuts, named Mônuts.
10. Meet the Animals at Foel Farm
This is an attraction the kids are certain to enjoy – Foel Farm offers the whole family a chance to take a walk around the working farm, meeting and feeding the animals along the way.
Also located on the farm are plenty of other activities for the kids, such as the giant jumping pillows, giant sandpit and pedal tractors, farm walk and tractor and trailer farm tour.
You can also visit the artisan chocolate shop which is also part of the farm and the perfect place to pick yourself up a little treat.
11. Be Larger Than Life at Anglesey Model Village
At Anglesey Model Village, you can see many of Anglesey’s landmarks in miniature form, from the train station at llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch to Beaumaris Castle, and many more.
It’s an excellent day out for the whole family because as well as the model village itself there are also plenty of other activities to keep everyone entertained, including an extensive play area, gardens and an on-site café.
Is Anglesey Good For Children?
Yes, Anglesey is a great destination for families with children, whether young or old. As well as the Blue Flag Beaches and many easy walks, there are lots of attractions for families including Plas Newydd, Llynon Windmill, Foel Farm, and more.
Is Anglesey Sea Zoo Suitable for Children?
Yes, Anglesey Sea Zoo is a family-friendly activity that’s great for all weather.
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.