Whilst I adore long haul holidays, for a bit of proper R&R there’s nothing quite like a UK staycation. We recently booked to stay in a little Airbnb in Anglesey, so we could get away from it all whilst having a proper home-from-home experience.
If you’re travelling to the pretty Welsh island for a long weekend like we did, here’s my top five things you must try and do.
- Sample the local food
This is primarily a food blog, so it would be a sin if I hadn’t sampled the local food on this trip. As we were staying in a lovely cottage we ate in most nights but on the night be did visit a local restaurant, we went all out and went seafood mad.
The Marram Grass, just five minutes from where we were staying in Llangaffo, doesn’t look like more than a roadside cafe from the outside. But actually, it’s a top quality restaurant that serves food exclusively sourced in Anglesey. The atmosphere inside is warm and homely and the menu is simple.
We opted for the mussels to start and the half lobster with chips for the main. All cooked to perfection.
2. Walk on the beach
Going for a long walk on one of Anglesey’s stunning beaches is almost a rite of passage for anyone holidaying here. Newborough beach was very close to where we were staying and is breathtaking in its beauty – it stretches almost as far as the eye can see.
3. Visit South Stack Lighthouse
As part of this Anglesey ‘must do’ I suggest spending half a day simply driving around the island taking in the local villages and scenery.
We drove to Holyhead to see South Stack Lighthouse and I can honestly say that looking out to sea here is like looking out to the ends of the earth. Breathtaking views… just a little windy. Pardon the double chin in this photo…
4. Bounce Below
Ok, so it’s not in Anglesey, but if you’re a big kid (like me) the one hour drive to Bounce Below in Snowdonia is well worth the trip. Huge trampolines connected by tunnels and slides inside stunning caves.
You spend one hour bouncing to your heart’s content before collapsing in a heap afterwards.
5. Bodnant Garden
Again, not in Anglesey. But if you’re driving to or from Anglesey Bodnant Garden is a must-visit destination. It’s more than just your average National Trust garden. It’s an explosion of colourful flowers, Italian-style Victorian terraces, woods, streams and waterfalls spread over 80 acres.
I swear you could spend a whole day here and not see it all. It’s just spectacular.
Have I missed any top tips for Anglesey and North Wales? Drop me your thoughts below.