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The White Eagle underwent a major redevelopment in 2007 after it was bought by the Timpson family in 2007, and remains a fond Anglesey landmark for both residents and visitors alike.
The village of Rhoscolyn has a long and fascinating history, with its patron saint, Gwenfaen, first making her home and church here in 630 AD. A church remains on the site today, named St Gwenfaen after its patron. Legend has it that Gwenfaen, who was renowned for healing mental illness, was chased away from her cell by druids and escaped by climbing the rock stack off Rhoscolyn head. The tide came in and she was carried away by angels, which is how Saints Bay got its name.
Some say that the druids’ last stand against the Romans, who invaded Mona (Anglesey) in 60 or 61 AD, was at Cymyran, the inland sea between Mona and Holy Island and the open sea, south of Four Mile Bridge.
Anglesey Oyster & Local Food Produce Festival
The Anglesey Oyster Festival is held at Trearddur Bay, and is a much anticipated event on any foodie’s calendar, attracting people from far and wide. There’s lots to enjoy, with food and drink tasting, local and Irish bands, dancers, fairs, and a food and drink tent where you will find lots of delicious produce. Chefs from all over Anglesey and the wider area produce dishes for judging, to find the local ‘Top Chef’. One of these awards is the “Food outlet that makes best use of local produce”, which was won by The White Eagle in 2006.
Menai Bridge Fair
The funfair will be returning to Menai Bridge this October. Visit Water Street, Wood Street, and Telford Road and visit the rides and stalls!
Borth Wen (0.5 miles)
Borth Wen is a great family beach located in a sandy crescent off the southern shore of Holyhead island. It primarily features sand dunes, rocky islets along the length of the beach and has an abundance of rock pools.
Silver Bay, Rhoscolyn- Green Coast Award, Seaside Award (1.3 miles)
An excellent beach that is totally isolated, so be sure to bring everything you need with you. It offers great surfing opportunities for the advance surfers.
Broad Beach (12 miles)
The award winning Broad Beach (Traeth Llydan) is a popular beach for canoeing, surfing and walking and its rock pools and miles of clean sand are also great for kids to explore.
Porth Nobla, Rhosneigr- Green Coast Award, Seaside Award (12 miles)
A small family beach that offers a quiet alternative to the bustling Cable Bay and the main village beach.
Porth Ty’n Tywyn, Rhosneigr- Green Coast Award, Seaside Award (12 miles)
One of the jewels along the Rhosneigr stretch of beaches.
It’s an excellent sandy beach, but those learning to surf should be aware that it rises quickly and offers ‘Beach Chewing’ opportunities.
Cable Bay, Rhosneigr- Green Coast Award, Seaside Award (13 miles)
This small cove bay is the furthest south of the Rhosneigr west coast beaches. A lovely clean sandy beach, great for surfing and kayaking.
Traeth Crigyll, Rhosneigr- Green Coast Award, Seaside Award (13 miles)
Rhosneigr is a large sandy beach with a few rocks on the west coast of Anglesey. It is popular with water sports enthusiasts, particularly windsurfers and kite surfers.
South Stacks Lighthouse & RSPB Reserve (7 miles)
The RSPB South Stack Nature Reserve comprises of 370 hectares of prime heathland, with lots of walking and hiking trails to explore, species to experience and panoramas to view.
The nature reserve is packed with wildlife, and is home to a large seabird colony of puffins, razorbills, guillemots and various gulls. Look out for porpoise, dolphins, basking sharks, seals, gannets and manx shearwaters, who are also spotted frequently in the waters surrounding Ellin’s viewing Tower.
The Dingle Nature Reserve (15 miles)
If you’re looking for kingfishers, woodpeckers and moorhens you’ve come to the right place. This ancient 25 acre wooded valley is a hideaway carpeted with bluebells in the spring with various bridges and walkways and picnic tables so you can really make the most of this magical location.
Anglesey Sea Zoo (24 miles)
The Anglesey Sea Zoo is an aquarium, independent research and marine education centre on the south coast of Anglesey. As well as plenty of sea life to observe, they offer talks, feeding displays and conservation activities. Great for families with young children!
Beaumaris Castle (26 miles)
Beaumaris was the last great castle built under Edward I in the 13th century, however it was never completed. It’s designated a World Heritage site and its innovations remain for all to wonder at the devilish imagination and detail that went into its construction.
ZipWorld (28 miles)
ZipWorld is home to the longest zip wire in Europe, with 3 individual zip lines to complete. The first gives panoramic views of the whole of Snowdonia as you travel over moorland. The second has a huge drop of 500ft, while the third finishes at the top of the hill, overlooking the town of Blaenau Ffestiniog.
Snowdon Mountain Railway (30 miles)
Since 1896, Snowdon Mountain Railway has been welcoming visitors to Llanberis, the little village at the foot of Snowdon. From Llanberis you can experience the awe inspiring journey by rack and pinion railway to the summit of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England.
Welsh Mountain Zoo (43 miles)
The Welsh Mountain Zoo is just 3 minutes drive from the A55 Expressway and gives guests the opportunity to see a huge variety of animals from land and sea, including chimps, sea lions, penguins and even crocodiles! The zoo also offers fantastic views over the stunning landscape.
Go Below Underground Adventure (44 miles)
Go Below Underground Adventure is a unique adventure activity based just outside Betws-y-coed guiding people on an exciting 5-7 hour, action packed exploring experience in the abandoned underground mines of Snowdonia.
LLechwedd Slate Caverns (53 miles)
On the Victorian Mine Tour, you’ll travel on the steepest cable railway in Britain, taking you hundreds of feet underground. Hear tales of the miners’ family life and listen to the voice of Sion Dolgarregddu as he goes down the mine to work, aged only 12, and learns to dig for slate with his father.
The tour finishes with a visit to the Mill where you can see the ancient skill of slate splitting and even have a go yourself.
Bounce Below (53 miles)
Bounce Below is an unusual and exciting adventure, using trampolines, walkways, slides, and tunnels suspended in an underground slate cavern.