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1. Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd, home of the Marquess of Anglesey, has spectacular views of Snowdonia and stands in one of the UK's finest mansion house settings. The comfortable interior, restyled in the 1930s, is famous for its association with Rex Whistler, whose largest painting is here. There is a military museum with relics from the battle of Waterloo and large gardens, woodland walks and a marine walk along the Menai Straits. Facilities include a second hand bookshop and a licensed tea room.

2. Beaumaris Castle

In architectural terms Beaumaris is the most technically perfect castle in Britain. Its ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric 'walls within walls' design, involve no less than four successive lines of fortifications, and was state of the art for the late 13th century. A gate next-the-sea entrance protected the tidal dock which allowed supply ships to sail right up to the castle, which sits in a scenic setting overlooking mountains and the sea, partially surrounded by a water filled moat.

3. Puffin Island Boat Trips

The popular Puffin Island cruise includes panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range and Penmon Lighthouse. On arrival you can observe over twelve species of sea birds including Puffins, Guillemots, Cormorants and Kittiwakes. At the eastern end of the island there are more photo opportunities with a large colony of grey seals. Also here are the ruins of the old semaphore signalling station, one of a chain that signalled news of ships arrival to Liverpool.

4. Ellin’s Tower Seabird Centre

Ellin’s Tower Seabird Centre offers not only fantastic views, but a chance to watch nesting birds close-up through closed circuit TV cameras, and information on the area’s flora and fauna. This 775 acre bird reserve of maritime heath and sea cliffs is an ornithologist’s paradise, and a wonderful place to see species including guillemots, choughs, peregrines, razorbills and puffins. There's also an extensive network of walks and Nature Trails, crossing a mixture of coastal and heathland terrain.

5. South Stack Lighthouse – Working Lighthouse and Visitor Centre

South Stack lighthouse is located on a small craggy island off the western tip of Anglesey. It's reached via a descent of 400 steps down the steep mainland cliffs and then by crossing a swing-bridge which is often tickled by waves beneath it. Visitors can tour the former lighthouse engine room and exhibition area before climbing the spiral staircase to the top. South Stack is a wonderful place to watch thousands of breeding seabirds including guillemots, razorbills and puffins.

6. Rhosneigr Beach

Rhosneigr Beach is located just over half way up the south west coast of Anglesey and is the principal centre for water sports on the island. The prevailing south westerly wind brings cross-on shore conditions and high waves can be perfect for riding and jumping. For those who prefer to just relax on the beach, Rhosneigr is the ideal spot, with a long stretch of golden sand and a village well served by shops and tourist facilities.

7. Llynnon Mill, Llanddeusant

Anglesey was once known as the 'Granary of Wales,' and at one time had over 50 working windmills. Llynnon Mill was built in 1775 and operated until 1918. Today the mill operates as an agricultural museum, and produces stoneground wholemeal flour using organic wheat. Why not enjoy a traditional Welsh at the Llynnon tea room next door to the mill? The Anglesey Craftworkers' Guild Shop, situated below the tea room, stocks an array of products made on the island.

8. Holyhead Maritime Museum

Step back in time at the oldest lifeboat station in Wales, which houses a collection of exhibits that tell the fascinating maritime history of Holyhead. Exhibits cover the maritime and social history of the town from the Iron age to the present day, from crockery recovered from the Irish Seabed to large board room models of the vessels that sailed from Holyhead to Ireland. See the "Holyhead at War" exhibition, housed in a Second World War air raid shelter  alongside the Maritime Museum.

9. Beaumaris Gaol

Beaumaris Gaol dates from 1829, and at the time was considered a model prison, with running water and an infirmary. Nevertheless it was a gloomy place, with a windowless punishment cell, a yard for stone breaking and a treadmill water pump operated by the prisoners. The least fortunate inmated were publicly hanged. This was the fate of one Richard Rowlands, whose disembodied voice leads the recorded tour of the building and the various displays on prison life.

10. Henblas Country Park

Situated in the heart of Anglesey and commanding superb views of Snowdonia, this family run establishment provides entertainment for the whole family - whatever the weather! Henblas Country Park gives an insight into the workings of a Welsh farm, with sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations, and the opportunity to help feed the lambs at Easter. There's also a falconry, a duck display, stable block, dragon train ride and both indoor and outdoor children's play areas.
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