Featured • August 08, 2023 • Author, Sharon Watkins
Anglesey is a treasure trove for watersports, walking and outdoor recreation but just like in the rest of Wales it can rain a lot (especially this summer!). Luckily this beautiful island isn’t just about outdoor activities. When the weather isn’t cooperating or you’re in the mood for something different, there are plenty of indoor attractions waiting to be discovered. There are some fantastic options to make the most of your time indoors on this enchanting island on those cold and rainy days.
Here’s our handy guide to the 26 best indoor activities to do in Anglesey.
Museums and Galleries
There is no shortage of indoor spaces that exhibit art, history, science, and cultural artefacts on Wales’s 2nd largest island.
1. Unearth History at Beaumaris Gaol And Courtroom
Step back in time as you visit the historic Beaumaris Gaol and Courtroom. Experience the chilling atmosphere of the former prison and gain insights into the island’s past through interactive exhibits and guided tours.
2. Taste The Salty Heritage With A Sea Salt Tour At Halen Mon
Discover the fascinating process of salt-making on a Halen Mon Sea Salt Tour. Learn about this traditional craft that has been passed down through generations and savour the unique flavours of locally produced sea salt.
3. Journey Through Time At Anglesey Transport Museum
Get a glimpse of Anglesey’s transportation history at the Anglesey Transport Museum. Explore an impressive collection of vintage vehicles, including cars, motorcycles, and bicycles, showcasing the island’s transport heritage.
4. Delight In Art At Oriel Mon
For art enthusiasts, Oriel Mon is a must-visit destination. This contemporary art gallery exhibits works from local and international artists, providing a wonderful showcase of creativity and talent.
5. Dive Into Maritime History At Holyhead Maritime Museum
Learn about Anglesey’s maritime legacy at the Holyhead Maritime Museum. With captivating displays and artefacts, this museum offers a fascinating insight into the island’s seafaring past.
6. Delve Into The Fascinating World Of Geological Wonders At Stone Science
This interactive museum and workshop space allow visitors to discover the island’s unique geology and even create a geological masterpiece. Find out more
7. Explore The Cemaes Maritime Collection
And for maritime history enthusiasts, the Cemaes Maritime Collection offers a unique insight into the island’s coastal heritage.
8. Wander Around Plas Newydd House And Gardens
Plas Newydd House and Gardens is a magnificent historic estate located on the shores of the Menai Strait in Anglesey, Wales. It provides a captivating indoor experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the island’s cultural heritage and the grandeur of its past.
9. Visit The Canolfan Ucheldre Centre
Ucheldre, located in Holyhead, stands as a prominent art centre on the island. Take a look at its website to see the diverse programming taking place. Events include exhibitions, theatre, music, workshops (for example circus & graffiti) and literary societies.
10. Tour Cemaes Heritage Centre Cafe Aand Small Museum, Llanbadrig Church (Eglwys Llanbadrig)
Discover the rich heritage of Cemaes at the Heritage Centre’s cafe and museum. Don’t forget to visit the ancient Llanbadrig Church, a historical gem steeped in centuries-old legends.
11. Explore Swtan Heritage Museum
To delve into the island’s traditional past, visit the Swtan Heritage Museum, a preserved 17th-century thatched cottage displaying local heritage and customs.
Indoor spaces for art classes, workshops, and creative expression.
12. Get Creative At Seapig – Sea Glass Jewellery
A craft gallery and store, providing an opportunity to peruse and buy an impressive selection of upcycled, ethical, and sustainable goods crafted by artisans who champion environmental consciousness. There’s also a cosy barista coffee bar, allowing visitors to savour a fine cup of coffee and a slice of cake while browsing or opt for a convenient takeaway option.
13. Try Your Hand At Pottery At The Mad Hatter Studio
A family-friendly Pottery Painting Studio in Holyhead, that offers Build-a-Bear, Clay Work, Foam Clay and Glass Painting. Make beautiful keepsakes like clay imprints and paint a pot.
14. Get Up Close With Marine Life At Anglesey Sea Zoo
Indulge in a captivating underwater all-weather adventure at Anglesey Sea Zoo. Discover a diverse array of marine species, including fascinating sea creatures and native species found in the waters around Anglesey. If the rain eases, or the children need to burn a little energy on a cold day there is also an adventure playground, a colossal Octojump bouncy castle with a slide, a quirky mini-golf course, and serene outdoor picnic spots.
15. Let The Kids Play At Pili Palas Indoors
There are lots to see and do inside at this all-weather family attraction in Menai Bridge. The butterflies, birds, meerkats, lizards, bugs, farm animals and more will keep little people entertained. There is also a playground and more animals outside.
16. Visit The Sea Watch Centre & RNLI
The Seawatch Centre in Moelfre shares the maritime and lifeboat history of the region, featuring medal-winning rescues, historical shipwrecks, and captivating artefacts. Overlooking the sea with Snowdonia as a backdrop, it’s a must-visit indoor activity on Anglesey. Recently refurbished, it spotlights the retired Bird’s Eye Lifeboat, acquired by Birds Eye Foods Ltd. in 1970. Learn about local heroism, including Richard (Dic) Evans’ double gold-medal story. Children’s activities and a serene viewing area make the museum enjoyable, while an RNLI shop offers souvenirs. Don’t forget a quick walk to the Lifeboat Station to spot the Kiwi lifeboat (Tamar Class), unless it’s on duty!
Cinemas and Theatres
Indoor venues to watch movies, live performances, plays, and concerts.
17. Indulge In Some Cinematic Magic At The Empire Complex Holyhead
Catch a film at the island’s cinema for a cosy movie. This one-screen cinema shows all the latest films. Ensure you book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Spas and Wellness Centers
Relax at one of the island’s indoor facilities for relaxation, massages, and other wellness treatments.
18. Relax At St David’s Spa
This award-winning spa offers a tranquil haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Nestled amidst the island’s serene landscapes, the spa provides a range of soothing treatments and wellness experiences, from massages to facials.
19. Get Warm At Sawna Bach
A bespoke wood-fired sauna on Porth Tyn Tywyn with idyllic views of Anglesey.
Indoor Sports Facilities
Burn some calories with some indoor sports.
20. Visit The Local Leisure Centre
Head to one of the four leisure centres on the island. Hit the fitness room, take an exercise class or go for a swim.
21. Practice Your Golf At The Driving Range in Llangefni
A multi-purpose sports driving range facility with 16 bays powered by Toptracer, 4 green short game areas, a pitching range and a PGA golf coaching academy.
Indoor Play Areas
Let the kids run wild in these specially designed-indoor spaces.
22. Let The Kids Burn Off Steam At The Empire Complex Soft Play
Families with young children can head to the Empire Complex for soft play fun.
23. Tyddyn Môn Pancake House and Soft Play (Under 5’s)
Grab delicious homemade food including sweet and savoury pancakes with a range of toppings, fillings and sauces from the pancake house whilst the under 5s play.
24. Socialise at a Local Pub
For a quintessential British experience, head to one of Anglesey’s traditional pubs. Enjoy a hearty meal, sample local ales, and immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of these charming establishments. It’s a great way to connect with locals, share stories, and create lasting memories. Cheers to a delightful time in Anglesey!
Libraries and Bookstores
Indoor spaces for reading, studying, or exploring a wide range of books.
25. Llyfrgelloedd Ynys Môn – Check Out The Libraries For Events
It might not be something you think about when on the island, but the libraries on Anglesey often host various events, workshops, and exhibitions for the community. Check out the library’s Facebook page for the latest activities.
Shopping Malls and Retail Outlets
26. Have Coffee And Cake At Hooton’s Homegrown Farm Shop & Sunflower Trail (Outdoor)
While not strictly indoors, Hooton’s Homegrown Farm Shop offers fresh produce and a fun sunflower trail to explore outdoors.
More Activities Just Over The Menai Strait
If you’re wanting some other activities there are some just over the water in mainland Wales. Some of the most popular indoor activities include Bangor Castle, The Fun Centre – Carnarvon and Zip World & Bounce Below in Betws-y-Coed.
Make The Best Of A rainy day With This List Of Things To Do In Anglesey
No matter what the weather brings, Anglesey offers an array of captivating indoor experiences that will leave you with cherished memories and a deeper understanding of this remarkable island’s culture and heritage.