The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, better known as William and Kate, live on Anglesey. What better recommendation could there be? The Royal couple doesn’t have any children yet, but when they do, there’ll be plenty of family fun to be had on the island.
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Anglesey is an island joined to the Welsh mainland by two bridges, so it’s easy enough to get on and off. To the mainland side, there’s the wonderful scenery of the Snowdonia National Park. You can climb its highest peak, Mount Snowdon (1,085 metres above sea level), and get back down again in one day. There’s even a restaurant at the top, and a railway that goes right to the summit, for when you’re not feeling very energetic. And, to the west of Anglesey, there are regular fast ferries to Ireland, so you could even include a trip to Dublin in your holiday.
So, what about Anglesey itself? There’s a wealth of things to do and see when you stay on the island. If you and your family love wildlife, there are few better places to visit in the British Isles. Birds and marine life around the coast are spectacular and varied. Seabirds, like razorbills and guillemots, nest on the rocky shores each year. And, there’s even a colony of the parrot-like puffin, one of the most charismatic of birds. You might experience the amazing peregrine falcon. If you’re lucky enough to see it dive on its prey, you’ll witness the world’s fastest animal in action.
The island’s coasts are rugged, but between the rocky outcrops there are stunning beaches. It’s more about adventure and exploration than sunbathing. But, when the sun shines, you’ll enjoy an unspoiled beach experience, unmatched by any tropical paradise.
Cycling is the best way to get around the island, both for your enjoyment and to preserve the tranquillity of Anglesey. You can hire bikes locally, and there are designated cycle routes all over the island. It’s the ideal way to enjoy Anglesey’s scenery and nature.
Along the way, you’ll find children-friendly pubs. These are great places to stop, quench your thirst, and have lunch in a relaxed atmosphere. If rumours are true, you might even bump into William and Kate at the Beachcomber Café, in Benllech.
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If history is your passion, Anglesey has a very interesting past. It wasn’t always so peaceful, as the tale of Beaumaris Castle tells. This is a near-perfect example of fortification, and for good reason. Beaumaris Castle was part of the “iron ring” built by King Edward I, designed to keep the unruly Welsh in his firm grip.
And, the attractions of Anglesey don’t end there. Children can enjoy a wide range of activities, from the creative arts to horse riding along the shores. And, there are plenty more sporting opportunities as well. Anglesey attracts surfers from far and wide, but there’s golf and sea fishing to be enjoyed as well.
There’s really no excuse to be bored on the island. Anglesey offers so much, your only problem will be deciding what to do. No wonder William and Kate made it their home, it’s remote and quiet enough, yet buzzing with life and fun.
Written by The British Travel Guide
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