Great beaches, coastal villages and spectacular scenery make camping in Anglesey a Tonight We Camp favourite. When you go over the Menai Bridge it’s exciting. You’re on the island.
From Holyhead to Cemaes Bay and round again rugged coastline walks along the coastal path never fail to disappoint, with hidden beaches, caves and coves it’s a paradise for hikers.
You’re spoilt for choice with Anglesey campsites – from back-to-basics simpliciy to the more modern camping park style site, there’s something from everyone, but if it’s beach camping holiday you are after, then look no further.
Read on below as we review the best campsites on Anglesey but to get you in the mood, this wonderful video shows off the full glory of the island and is sure to have you loading up the car and setting off quicker than you can say Menai Bridge.
If you need more inspiration for future camping trips here are some of our other guides:
- 1 What to pack when camping in Anglesey
- 2 Beaumaris Camping
- 3 Benllech Camping
- 4 Lligwy Beach Camping
- 5 Cemaes Bay Camping
- 6 Church Bay Camping
- 7 Holy Island camping (Trearddur Bay)
- 8 Rhosneigr Camping
- 9 Newborough Forest Camping
- 10 Wild Camping in Anglesey
What to pack when camping in Anglesey
If it’s your first time camping or if you are a seasoned veteran, you’ll always be on the lookout for that next bit of kit to make camping life easier and more enjoyable. We have pulled together a comprehensive camping checklist of essentials and luxuries that will brighten up your campsite (click here). Below are a few items we always make sure we pack for our Anglesey trips:
Windbreak: Being an island, and with many campsites close to the beach in Anglesey, it does get windy! We always make sure we have two windbreaks with us as wind directions do change. This is our favourite windbreak – it’s stylish, durable and stands up well.
Waterproof jacket: Yes, it rains here too. It’s Wales. The wind blows the clouds through quick and it can be rain one minute and glorious sunshine the next. A lightweight waterproof jacket is a must and great for keeping in the bottom of your bag just in case.
Portable charger: Whilst most campsites have electric hook-ups, if you don’t get one or if you are on a site without then you’re going to need to be able to charge your phone. We use this one.
Our first stop on our circular round Anglesey takes us camping in Beaumaris.
Overlooking the Menai Strait the picturesque seaside town offers up impressive views over the water to Snowdonia. Pastel coloured houses and a small pier give the town that holiday feel. There’s plenty going here too, with Beaumaris being one of the busier towns on the island.
Things to do in Beaumaris:
Stroll around the town and seafront then take to the pier with your crabbing line. Out on the water, fishing and wildlife tours depart from Beaumaris and you may spot the local sailing club out at sea. Visit in August during the two-week Menai Strait Regatta. Events congregate in Beaumaris.
If you feel energetic, the 5-mile coastal walk to Penmon Lighthouse will blow the cobwebs away – alternatively, it’s a 15-minute drive. Penmon Point is a rugged outcrop with pebble beaches and rock pools to explore. Puffin Island, just off the coast of Penmon Point, is home to abundant wildlife including a 750 pair strong cormorant colony and, of course, Puffins.
To eat and drink:
The historic George and Dragon is the pick of the pubs in Beaumaris whilst The Bold Arms has a pool table and dart board. There’s also cafés and a fantastic chip shop.
Kingsbridge Caravan Park
Kingsbridge Caravan Park is a family owned and run site that goes out of its way to create tranquillity. Wild planting and the surrounding woodland attract an abundance of bees, butterflies and birds. Kids will love the enclosed play area and there’s a dedicated area for ball games. If you’d prefer to be away from all that there’s an adult only field.
The facilities are excellent – a modern and spotless amenity block with underfloor heating and a well-stocked site shop that even sells Calor Gas.
For trips out, catch the bus to Beaumaris from 500 metres from the park entrance or walk there in 45 minutes taking the short cut through the golf club.
We love Benllech as a family holiday destination. Although it’s not quite the best beach on the island, it is still a stunner with plenty to see and do. The sand is golden, and the waters are safe to swim. Several shops and pubs are nearby and it’s a great base for exploring the island.
There are lots of Static Caravan Parks in the area however if you are looking to take your tourer or tent to Benllech when camping in Anglesey then there’s a couple of cracking options for you.
Things to do in Benllech:
Head south along the coastal path to Red Wharf Bay. A delightful bay with a stretch of sand that goes on forever at low tide. Perfect for birdwatchers, keep your eyes peeled for egrets, herons and oystercatchers.
The Stone Science Museum in Pantraeth is sure to stir up your inner archaeologist and inspire your kids to begin their own rock collection. Bring them here at the start of the holiday and they’ll be busy hunting down their own fossils on the beaches until you go home.
To eat and drink:
The Pebble Bistro and The Bay Café are just up the promenade from Benllech beach. Down at Red Wharf Bay, The Ship in serves up all the pub grub classics. Get a bench outside for views across the bay.
Pick up something for the BBQ from the butchers in the centre on Benllech. It has excellent local produce including a range of sausages and Welsh lamb chops.
Golden Sunset Holiday Park
Camp at Golden Sunset and you’ll be right on the coastal path waking up to amazing seafront views out to Llandudno and the Great Orm. Set across several large fields broken up by hedgerows, there is ample room and plenty of choice of where to pitch so you’ll bag a spot with a view.
The views do come at a price though – being high up the site is a little exposed so if winds are forecast, peg down well, put up a windbreak or pitch up next to one of the hedges.
An ideal location, Benllech is just a 10-minute walk down the coastal path. The amenities are a little rugged but, hey, you’re camping. We love the views and there are wonderful walks right on your doorstep.
Plas Uchaf Caravan & Camping Park
Set inland between Benllech and Marian-glas, Plas Uchaf is sheltered and well laid out with large hard standing pitches and separate tent fields.
A great site for kids with a small play area with swings and slides. There’s a table tennis table, a grass area for tennis and even an indoor play hut for the inevitable wet weather. The nearby woodland is ripe for exploring.
The wardens keep the site spotless, the grass is kept short and the toilet and shower facilities are excellent.
Tai Hirion Farm Campsite
Love cheese? Tai Hirion may be for you. Camp here and you’ll be opposite the site’s working dairy farm that runs cheese making courses! Watch the cows come in for the morning milking then put on your best cheesemonger clobber and learn the art of cheese.
Small and family run with 20 hard standing pitches, the rural location, away from main roads mean you can really relax. You’re not far from the coast either, only 3 miles from Red Wharf Bay and Benllech and very close to the Britannia Bridge if you fancy a day trip off the island.
The village of Pentreath is a 5-minute drive away, there’s a couple of pubs serving food and a Spar for supplies and The Bull Inn Pub.
Lligwy Beach Camping
If you are looking for a beach campsite holiday in Anglesey, the unspoilt Lligwy Bay just north of Moelfre fits the bill perfectly and your family. With a wide sandy beach that is great for swimming, fishing and water sports, it’s dog-friendly and has an excellent café
Things to do in Lligwy Beach:
Take a walk south along the coastal path south to Moelfre – a picturesque former fishing village with a working lifeboat station and a quaint little harbour. Rehydrate at The Kimmel Arms which serves good food with views across the pebble beach. There’s a café and ice cream parlour too.
In colder weather, an indoor swimming pool at Almych is a 5-minute drive away. Also close by is Copper Kingdom, the Mynydd Parys Copper Mine which is now a world heritage site and well worth a visit.
Lligwy Beach Café, right on the beach, serves hot drinks, locally made ice cream and great quality food with a warm welcome on the side.
Dafarn Rhos Caravan and Camping
Stay at Dafarn Rhos and you will be just a minute’s walk from Lligwy beach with stunning views across the coast and out towards the island of Ynys Dulas. It’s so close to the beach you can walk back in your wetsuit and warm yourself up and get the sand off in the dedicated beach showers.
A proper “find your spot in the field” campsite but electrical hook-ups are available and there’s WIFI for a fee. It’s so dog-friendly it even has a dog shower!
All in all, a fantastic family campsite for tents, campervans and caravans. It’s no wonder it gets busy in the summer holidays!
Tyddyn Isaf Camping and Caravan
Tyddyn Isaf is a top-notch campsite that prides itself on its excellent facilities with modern and immaculate amenity blocks. Set just 15 minutes’ walk from Lligwy Bay, this well-maintained site has impressive views back along the coast towards Lligwy beach and beyond. The path provides easy access to the beach however note that it’s not suitable for prams.
Don’t fancy cooking? An onsite bar and restaurant serve fresh home-cooked food to eat in or to take back to your tent. What to choose? Stone baked pizza.
This site really has something for everyone. From fully serviced hardstanding fully services pitches for caravans to the grass tent and tourer field with its wonderful views. The tent field does have a slight slope so if you are in a van, remember those chocks.
Keep kids entertained at the play area on the climbing frame and slide. There are plenty of dog walking areas including a wooded area close by. Want WIFI? There’s that too.
With all that, this is a perfect site for a week away with your family. Just make sure you book in advance in the school holidays as it gets, quite rightly, booked up fast.
Home Farm Caravan Park (Marian-glas)
Located 1 ½ miles inland from Moelfre near Marian Glas, Home Farm is beautifully landscaped with flowers aplenty. Set across three fields there are pitches for caravans and tourers, bordered by hedges for privacy and separate tent camping fields.
There’s lots for kids to do – a great play area, a football pitch and a tennis court. Rainy day? There’s an indoor play area or you could hire a DVD from the well-stocked onsite shop.
The inland location and plentiful hedges mean the site is well sheltered than an exposed coastal site. You’re not too far away from the beach though. A 10-minute drive or 40 mins walk down to Moelfre or Lligwy Beach.
With well-kept facilities; dog exercise areas and good pubs within walking distance you could stay here for ages.
Cemaes Bay Camping
The most northerly village in Wales boasts a sheltered bay with still waters. Two beaches lie either side of the picturesque harbour wall that is an excellent crabbing spot. Explore the rock pools then walk up the headland for panoramic views back across the bay and out to sea.
We’re going to stick our neck out and say Cemaes is Tonight We Camp’s favourite village on the island. Great pubs, cafes and a superb beach mean there’s always plenty to do.
Things to do in Cemaes Bay:
Walk round headland past Llanbadrig Church up to the Porth Wen Brick Works (a 4-mile walk). Scramble down for an up-close look – a great picnic spot. Carry on to Bull Bay and have a pint or a coffee in the Trecastell Hotel. Take either the same route back or walk the half hour into Amlwch and get the bus back.
To Eat and Drink:
There are cafes, shops and a chip shop in the village, whilst both The Harbour Inn and The Stag are both popular with both locals and visitors. Up the road to the west of the beach is The Gadlys – there’s a large play area for kids and great views.
Llanbadrig Vineyard Camp Site
A wild and exposed campsite with uninterrupted views with Wylfa power station in the distance, Llanbadrig is almost wild camping. Located 15 minutes’ walk up from Cemaes beach and 10 minutes from the Gadlys Pub the site is set in a former vineyard.
The facilities are basic, but this is the kind of site we love – real camping, no hook-ups, no WiFi. Get your campfire roaring and enjoy the night. Yes, the site allows fire pits, a bit of a rarity on the island.
Open from mid-July to the end of August, it’s worth planning in your trip. Lots of space, no set pitches and no need to book. Great for a weekend away.
Coed Cottages campsite is 25-minutes, 1 ½ mile walk, into the centre of Cemaes. A flat site with good facilities, hardstanding pitches with hook ups for caravans and motorhomes, a large seasonal pitch section and a separate tent field. If you are in the tent field, plant to pitch away from the powerlines as there is a gentle hum if you camp too close.
There’s an onsite bar with a pool table and a children’s playroom; a kids’ playground and a separate set of swings. Nearby Llanfechell has a pub (Y Cefn Glas), a village store for the essentials, and an excellent coffee shop with a good cake selection and all-day breakfasts.
Church Bay Camping
Church Bay, on the west of the island, hosts another beautiful Anglesey beach with lots of rock pools and caves to explore. Generally quieter than many beaches on the island – although it can get busy on summer weekends.
The approach down to the beach is narrow but access to the beach is easy. There are public toilets up at the pay and display car park.
Things to do in Church Bay:
Spend a day building sandcastles or hit the coastal path for more breath-taking scenery – you could even find your own hidden cove.
The beach is west facing so you get bigger waves that in the north and east of the island. Bodyboarding is popular or test your balance up on a surfboard.
To eat and drink:
The Lobster Pot is an island favourite serving local seafood including Anglesey mussels and lobster. The licensed café over the road is a more casual option with hot food, homemade cake and drinks.
Church Bay Cottages, Camping and Touring
Church Bay Cottages campsite is all about the location and the stunning sea views. Situated directly opposite the Lobster Pot it’s 200 metres from the beach and right on the coastal path. There are only 18 grass pitches on the site so book ahead in high season. WiFi is available across the site and electric hook ups are pay per unit used. The amity block is basic but kept clean.
Waking up here is a treat, you get the wonderful views and the bay to yourself. Walk a section of the coastal path then head up the hill to the Church Bay Inn pub. In the evening the sunsets are spectacular – a great place to relax.
Pengraig is about as back to basics as you can get when camping in Anglesey. Small and wonderfully remote with fantastic coastal walks and plenty of peace and quiet. There are no hook-ups but who needs them? Get your BBQ going, enjoy the sunset then look to the night sky and stargaze.
We think the rugged north-west of Anglesey is the best section of the coastal walk and at Pengraig you have it on your doorstep. The walk down to Church Bay takes 40 minutes and Cemaes Bay is a 7-mile hike along the coast.
If you want to get away from it all, then Pengraig is the place to come.
Holy Island camping (Trearddur Bay)
Trearddur Bay and Holyhead are on Holy Island which is separated from the Isle of Anglesey by a narrow channel and is connected by two road links. Holyhead is the largest town in Anglesey and serves as a major port connecting the UK to Ireland – great for day trips.
Things to do in Trearddur Bay:
The seaside resort of Trearddur has two beaches and the area is popular for watersports with some of the best sea kayaking in the UK. Go coasteering and kayaking trip with one of the local adventure tour companies such as Anglesey Outdoors.
Visit South Stack Lighthouse but be warned, you do need a certain level of fitness and a love of steps. The walk is not for the faint hearted but you are rewarded with a breath-taking view and plentiful wildlife, including puffins. Entrance to the lighthouse itself is over a bridge and is cash only.
To eat and drink:
Trearddur Bay has a number of excellent pubs and cafes. The Sea Shanty Cafe right by the beach has lots to offer with great vegan options.
Up the road to Holyhead is The Paddler’s Return which is our top tip for the area. It’s laid back, welcoming and serves freshly cooked pub grub.
Tyn Rhos Camping Site
The closest campsite to Trearddur Bay on our list is Tyn Rhos camping with its large, open fields and views out towards Snowdon. It’s pitch where you want here, be it caravan, campervan or tent. No bookings but you’ll find a spot that’s right for you. The popularity of the site means it does get busy at peak times. If you come on a bank holiday and like your peace, then take your time to choose a quieter corner away from large groups.
The Porth Diana nature reserve is nearby and there are plenty of sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore. An onsite shop stocks all the camping essentials and serves food – breakfast baps in the morning and burgers or fish and chips for supper.
A word of warning: Don’t get confused with any of the other campsites in North Wales called Tyn Rhos – indeed there are even three other campsites in Anglesey with this name. Before you set off here make sure you have plugged in the right postcode and are headed to the one near Treaddur Bay!
Pen Y Bont Touring and Campsite
Camp by the waterside at Pen Y Bont and you’ll be treated to gorgeous scenery, stunning sunsets and a whole host of wildlife. Close to Valley, by the Four Mile bridge and right by the Cymyan Straight shore, Pen Y Bont is perfect if you want to get out on the water – there’s direct access to the shore – ideal for launching a kayak.
There is no on-site shop, but local buses stop just outside the site entrance for trips to Holyhead whilst Valley is just a short walk away. Over the Four Mile Bridge is Y Genin Fach, a gem of a café serving breakfasts, soups and sandwiches. Try the homemade Bara Brith – a traditional Welsh fruit bread.
There’s easy access to the coastal path and this section is one of the best on the island for birdwatching. Given how peaceful this site is, once you arrive, you might not want to leave.
Blackthorn Farm Campsite
High on the headland between Trearddur Bay and South Stack Lighthouse, Blackthorn Farm boasts panoramic views out to both the Irish sea and Snowdonia. Explore the rugged coastline and walk the 2 ½ mile route to South Stack lighthouse or head to Porth Defarch – a small yet stunning sandy beach.
Set over 18 acres, there’s hardstanding pitches, a tent field and a separate kids area with goalposts. As with most Anglesey, take plenty of pegs if wind is forecast as it can get blowy!
A perfect site for if you want to come friends who don’t like camping as they can stay in the dog-friendly B&B. You can also treat yourself to a cooked Welsh breakfast or their traditional Friday Fish and Chips.
Surrounded by nature, and with plenty exploring to be done, we think Blackthorn park is one of the best campsites in Anglesey.
If you like to get out on the water, then Rhosneigr is the place for you. Two large Green Coast award winning beaches (Traeth Crigyll and Broad Beach) are popular with water sports enthusiasts. Sand dunes, rock pools, views of Snowdonia, glorious sunsets, and excellent shops and restaurants make Rhosneigr one of our favourite Anglesey camping holiday destinations.
Things to do in Rhosneigr:
You can’t fail to spot a windsurfer or paddleboarder here. Not got a board yourself? Learn with Geko surf and Paddleboard School. Feeling adventurous? Why not try diving wakeboarding or kite surfing? You name it, you can surf it. Or, if you’re like me, you could just watch from the safety of the beach.
For hikers, the rugged coastal path south takes you past sand dunes, secluded coves and the occasional seal to Aberffraw, a small village surrounded sand dunes, historic sites and another excellent beach. On the way, be sure to walk by the Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber with its prehistoric carvings. In Aberffraw there’s a tea room and a pub if you get peckish on your walk.
Wildlife lovers must head to Maelog Lake, just to the east of Rhosneigr. A pathway circles around the reedbeds of the rich lake – heron, bittern, snipe and reed warblers are all visitors.
To eat and drink:
Keeping up with the surfer theme, The Surf Café is right by the beach and has indoor and outdoor seating for snacks and drinks – get there in the morning for the Surfer’s Breakfast.
Just outside Rhosneigr in amongst the sand dunes is The Oyster Catcher, one of the best restaurants in Anglesey – it’s certainly got the best location.
Bodfan Farm Campsite
On the edge of town and 5 minutes from the beach, Bodfan Farm is in an ideal location for a Rhosneigr camping holiday. If you like it remote, Bodfan Farm may not be the one for you but if you want all the amenities of the coastal town on your doorstep but still have those wonderful panoramic views then book yourself in.
The facilities are basic and could do with a little TLC, but the owners keep them clean. There’s a dog walking area and lots of space for kids to play. You could also just site all day and watch the planes taking off and landing from the RAF training camp.
A busy site but with a relaxed and friendly vibe, you won’t struggle to amuse yourself here. Head to the beach during the day and pick up something for the BBQ from the village to eat back at the site in the evening. If you don’t fancy cooking, there’s plenty of options to choose from in Rhosneigr. Why not get a takeaway pizza to eat back at the tent?
Newborough Forest Camping
The pine tree labyrinth of Newborough Forest is home to wild horses, grazing cattle and one of the largest populations of red squirrel left in Wales.
Cycle routes and footpaths weave through the forest and down to the beach – perfect for relaxing walks and hidden picnics. Up until 1947 when afforestation began, Newborough Forest was all sand dunes however Newborough Warren is still one of the largest dunes in the UK.
The long and sandy beach never feels crowded and the mountain views are wonderful. A real treat when you emerge from the forest.
Things to do in Newborough Forest:
Park at Newborough Warren or walk through the forest to Newborough Beach. At low tide walk out to the lighthouse on Ynys Llanddwyn, a fascinating peninsula that becomes an island at high tide.
Experience Anglesey in miniature at Anglesey Model Village – don’t waste time schlepping around the island, see it all right here. Once abandoned but now being lovingly refurbished, there’s lots to do see and do.
Camping near Newborough Forest you are also very close to the Anglesey Sea Zoo. Visit to learn about their fantastic conservation work and see amazing British marine wildlife up close.
To Eat and Drink:
The Marram Grass bistro on the outskirts of Newborough Village serves food that looks and tastes amazing. All made from local produce and home-grown delights. Try the seafood risotto.
Ty Croes Farm & Vineyard Campsite
Like wine? You’ll love this site. Camp right next to 4 acres of vineyard. There are five fields, lots of open space and even chickens roaming through the vineyards.
The site allows fires. We love a campfire. You can borrow a firepit and buy logs and kindling on site. Get those marshmallows out, pull up one of picnic tables and drink some vino. The evening campfires dotted about give the site a wonderful atmosphere.
There are electric hook-ups, free WiFi throughout the site, a well-kept amenity block and, for cyclists, secure cycle lock-up facilities. The site is 1 ½ miles from Newborough Village and a 15-minute walk from both the Marram Grass bistro and the Model Village.
Perfectly located near Newborough Forest and a 30-minute walk from the wonderful beach, Awelfryn Campsite is ideal for walkers and cyclists. Only 5 minutes from the entrance to Newborough Forest you can wake up and head straight into the pines. Grass meadow pitches are flat and have views over to Snowdonia. Tents, caravans and campervans are all welcome.
For fish and chips, there is a chippy down the road and there’s also a farm shop nearby to stock up on your BBQ food.
Note that dogs are welcome but there are strict rules about walking your dog offsite – not a problem when you are so close to the woods!
Wild Camping in Anglesey
Unlike in Scotland, there is no legal right that allows you to free camp in Wales, including Anglesey. If you want to wild camp, then you should get the landowners permission beforehand. That being said, the lure of wild camping is sometimes too strong to resist and if you are in a remote spot it may not be possible to get advance permission. If you do choose to wild camp make sure you follow the usual rules: pick a secluded spot, set up late, pack up early, and clean up after yourself. If you are asked to pack up and leave by the landowner, then you must.
Click here for our wild camping guide and packing kit list.
Anglesey has many secluded areas that are perfect for wild camping, particularly along the coastal path. The north-west corner of the island, between Cemaes Bay and Church Bay, is ideal. It’s the least populated area and the views are stunning. Holy Island in the south is also good but there are a lot more roads and people, so it may be more difficult to find a spot. You might also try Newborough Forest and camp amongst the trees or sand dunes – you’ll need to arrive late and leave early though as rangers do patrol. Finally, there are many hidden beaches and coves along the coastal path – just make sure you’re not too exposed.
To stay on the safe side, we do recommend that you try and get permission from the landowners. If you think it’s too risky, there are campsites that will get you very close to wild camping, especially if you camp during the week. Pengraig campsite in the North West and Llanbadrig campsite near Cemaes Bay both have a very back to basics feel to them.
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