This week, we’ve been holidaying in Anglesey, and we’ve had such a great time as a family that I wanted to do a full review of our time there.
We stayed in a cottage just outside Beaumaris. Gyfynys Cottage was just perfect. Really spacious, clean and comfortable, with the added fun of being attached to a working farm. My two girls loved this – horses, sheep, cows, two friendly dogs and even a personal visit from Blackjack the old farm cat!
At the beginning of the week, I wrote about our early exploits in Anglesey, including our trips into Beaumaris – a beautiful coastal town on the Menai Straits, Anglesey Sea Zoo, several real ale pubs such as the Liverpool Arms and Caernarfon Castle.
We had already done a lot at this stage, but there was so much more to do!
The great thing we discovered about Anglesey is that there is lots on, whatever the weather (as an aside – Anglesey seems to have its own special climate? It can go from tipping with rain to bright, hot sunshine in the space of a couple of hours!).
On one rainy morning, we took ourselves off to Pili Palas or the ‘Butterfly Palace’.
Pili Palas has a great collection of butterflies in their natural habitat. Nearly-three-year-old loved finding them in their hiding places beneath huge tropical leaves and flowering plantlife. It also has a selection of reptiles, birds, meerkats, bugs and a children’s farmyard. There’s also a huge children’s outside play area (we didn’t use this due to the weather, but it looked really entertaining).
One sunnier day, we took a drive along the coastline to go beach hunting! There’s no shortage of beaches on Anglesey and we stopped at Benllech beach for a while.
Benllech is a gorgeous sandy beach and nearly-three-year-old enjoyed building different sand-based models (castles just aren’t enough, you know – think ballerinas and guinea pig food?!), generally digging around and letting the waves almost splash her feet before running away hyserically at cheating the encroaching water. Eleven-month-old spent her time grasping the sand in her fingers and looking at it in astonishment.
On a bright Thursday morning, we drove to the Welsh Mountain Zoo nearly Colwyn Bay. What a find! This is a gorgeous zoo set amongst gorgeous mountain views. The animals range from Sumatran Tigers and Snow Leopards to Tamarins, Penguins and nearly-three-year-old’s favourite – Flamingos!
As we were staying near to Beaumaris and had already visited the town a couple of times, we also visited Beaumaris Castle. We had already visited Caernarfon Castle, but this was our favourite. According to nearly-three-year-old, there were more ‘hidey-holes’. Personally, I thought that the light in and around the castle made it all look so vibrant and alive.
Following our castle discoveries, we decided to have lunch in the Pier House Cafe and Bistro which overlooks the Menai Straits at Beaumaris. This was definitely the best Welsh Rarebit I’ve ever had.
On our final day, we decided to stop off at Colwyn Bay on our way back to Manchester. This had a long promenade by the sea and we wandered down to a small sandy beach (cue more digging and wave-avoidance).
We ended up having lunch at The Toad Pub which overlooked the promenade. This turned out to be our best meal of the holiday and apparently the best Steak Pie ever (and Mr EC would not say this lightly, believe me, fussy bugger!).
I recommend Anglesey for a family holiday. I was pleasantly surprised by the range of activities on offer for us and I would definitely return.
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