AT A GLANCE Aberffraw It’s difficult to believe that this unassuming village was once the ‘capital’ of North Wales, home to the Princes of Gwynedd. Medieval St Beuno’s Church has a beautiful Norman arch, possibly from the long-lost royal palace. Attractive beach, dunes, rugged coast and wildlife-rich Malltraeth Sandsand Marsh all close by. Anglesey Motorsports Circuit also nearby. Amlwch Pretty north-coast port with a remarkable history. Vast quantities of copper ore from nearby Parys Mountain were shipped out from here in the 18th century – a feat that seems unlikely when you see the size of Amlwch’s snug little harbour. It’s all explained at the award-winning Copper Kingdom and Sail Loft heritage centres. Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman Catholic church is an arresting sight, an uncompromising 1930s design built to resemble the upturned hull of a boat. Leisure centre with pool in the town, golf club at Bull Bay. Beaumaris Attractive, classy seatown and sailing centre, a handsome mix of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian influences. It’s full of interest – good choice of shops, inns and accommodation, plus bags of history. Moated Beaumaris Castle, possibly the finest of all North Wales’s 13th-century fortresses, is a World Heritage Site. Also visit Beaumaris Gaol and Courthouse. Fine views across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia from seafront and pier. Local facilities include leisure centre and choice of golf courses.
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