There is so much to do on our beautiful island, some activities are well known, others less so. In this series of blogs we intend to advise you of the hidden gems that our residents love, all are close enough to visit from your perfect base at Silver Bay Holiday Village.
South Stack Cliffs Reserve
South Stack is a beautiful small island situated just off the north west coast of Anglesey. The historic South Stack Lighthouse adorns the coast and is open to visitors for a tour of the engine room and the exhibition area. You can then climb to the top of the lighthouse and take in the truly spectacular view. The cliffs that line the 400 stone steps down to the footbridge that accesses the lighthouses are a walkers dream. The view is stunning and the air is fresh, you can observe thousands of breeding seabirds including puffins, razorbills and guillemots.
The Harbourfront Bistro at Holyhead
The Harbourfront Bistro is a family run, fully licensed restaurant and bar perched on Newry Beach, where at high tide the sea stretches to reach the underneath of the restaurant deck! Inevitably the view across the sea is wonderful, however it isn’t the only attraction. The food is outstanding! As far as is possible the food is locally sourced, you can enjoy Anglesey rump steak, lamb shank and burgers procured from the local butcher. The team work hard to provide the best possible dining experience and they nail it every time. This is a truly brilliant hidden gem that deserves full recognition for it’s wonderful food, view and staff.
Situated near Penmon in Anglesey Aberlleiniog Castle is a little known ancient monument nestled at the bottom of a woodland nature reserve. Built between 1080 and 1099 by the 1st Earl of Chester it is its history is rich and varied; Norman overlords, Welsh Princes and Viking raiders have all paid visits for different reasons! See for yourself the location of a great siege in 1094 where 124 Norman defenders died in battle. The castle is surrounded by natural beauty is free to visit and is open all year round. This secret castle fully deserves a mention as a ‘hidden gem’.
Silver Bay Beach
Silver Bay Beach is a hidden gem to the general public, but is the jewel of the Silver Bay Holiday Village crown and freely open to our residents. The golden sand stretches quietly along the coast, leaving everyone who steps upon it with a feeling of freedom and relaxation. It boasts a Green Coast Award and is recommended officially by the Marine Conservation Society. The sea itself is perfect for swimming, fishing, sailing and surfing, even in the winter months our residents can be seen taking a ‘refreshing’ dip! All of this natural beauty is on our doorstep, and we couldn’t be more proud of our private slice of heaven.
Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
These ‘hidden’ gardens are an open secret amongst the good people of Anglesey. Situated close to the Menai Bridge, this restoration project has introduced a spectacular transformation and the gardens have been restored to their former glory. Covering 10 acres there is plenty to see and enjoy, there are three gardens to enjoy including a secret valley garden with a river and three waterfalls. There is an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and lastly, an unusual walled garden with curved walls and a pool. The traditional tea room is there for you to enjoy a cuppa and a slice of cake, whilst you sit back and let your eyes feast upon your beautiful surroundings.