Featured • April 04, 2023 • Author, Sharon Watkins
Anglesey is a stunningly beautiful island, and it’s a fantastic place for photography enthusiasts. With a diverse range of landscapes, including rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rolling hills, and quaint villages, there’s a wealth of photo spots in Anglesey.
From dramatic castles to serene beaches – there’s something for everyone on the island. Whether you’re visiting for 24 hours or 2 weeks there are plenty of things to do and photo spots irrespective of the weather – come rain, snow or when the sun is shining it’s a stunning place to take pictures.
If you’re visiting Anglesey soon we’ve put together a guide to the most photographic locations around the island, and trust me there is no shortage of photo spots in Anglesey. We’ve started by including a map to show you exactly where each spot is, and then below you’ll find a little more information about each location.
Anglesey Photographic Locations
The Top Photo Spots Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle occupies an idyllic spot on the shore of the Menai Strait and is perfect for wide-angle shots of the 13th-century building or closeup shots of the structures inside to capture the intricate details of the entrance, towers, chapel and courtyard for example.
As well as shots of the castle, its location makes it the perfect place to take shots of Snowdonia.
Whether you come in the early morning, afternoon or late evening you’ll find the light is perfect for your shots.
South Stack Cliffs
The lighthouse perched atop the spectacular cliffs that jut out into the Irish sea at South Stack cliffs makes for another superb location in Anglesey to take some amazing shots. The 60-metre vertical drops make spectacularly dramatic photographs
Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Chough’s nest in the cliffs make it a great location for wildlife shots from the coastal path.
If you’re here between May and September you may also be lucky enough to catch a shot of a passing Basking Shark, the 2nd largest of the shark species
Plas Newydd House
Plas Newydd House is one of Anglesey’s most beloved photography spots. Located on the banks of the Menai Strait, visitors can enjoy stunning views of the Snowdonia mountain range.
For nature photographers, this site provides plenty of opportunities to take some truly beautiful shots with its lush gardens and grounds. This structure is also notable for its Gothic Revival style, built-in 1802 by John Nash and is one of the best-preserved examples available.
Exploring its grand rooms and corridors offers a great chance to capture a historic atmosphere in their photographs, while the grounds are sprinkled with interesting statues and monuments which offer additional photo opportunities.
Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn)
Llanddwyn Island, situated at the end of a pleasant beach near Newborough Warren, is a truly enchanting destination. The slender landmass serves as an ideal photo spot in fine weather and is an invigorating spot in the winter.
Whilst the main focal point for many photographers is the iconic Twr Bach lighthouse (shooting southwest gives you excellent views across the Lleyn peninsula and Snowdonia National Park) other points of interest include the ruins of Twr Mawr Lighthouse, Llanddwyn chapel, and the rugged coastline at the northernmost edge of the island.
Nature photographers will appreciate the string of wild horses which roam freely along the island.
- Check the tide times prior to your visit
- Take a packed lunch
- Wear wellies!
The Menai Suspension Bridge, designed by Thomas Telford carries road traffic between mainland Wales and the island. It’s great to photograph any time of year and as the bridge is illuminated at night, it’s great to photograph day or night as well.
The grade 1 listed bridge, completed in 1826 is full of character and there are a variety of locations you can take photos from.
- Get under the bridge and level with the Menai straights to get some amazing reflections at high tide (don’t go in the water though – the undercurrent is strong!)
- Head along Beach Road to Church Island for some great shots of the medieval church and both the Menai and Britannia Bridges.
- Take photos from both sides of the bridges
- Menai Bridge viewpoint is a conveniently placed car park located 1.5km away on the A5. Grab your telephoto lens to capture the best compositions of the bridge.
Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber
Anglesey’s most famous prehistoric landmark is another awesome spot to take a photo. The prehistoric site features a grassy mound with a chambered tomb beneath that measures 85ft/26m in diameter. Inside, an octagonal chamber 8ft/2.4m across, where artefacts such as arrowheads, carved stones and human bones have been found can be reached via the long, narrow passage.
Take awesome pictures all year round at Byrn Celli Ddu but head here on the Summer Solstice and the chamber within becomes illuminated as shafts of lights shine directly down the tomb’s passageway.
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Anglesey For Photography?
When it comes to photography on Anglesey, the best period of the year to visit is usually from spring to summer. The island’s pleasant climate, long daylight hours and gorgeous landscapes make it perfect for capturing amazing shots.
From spring through to summer, you can capture endless views of Anglesey’s coasts and rolling countryside, as well as stunning sunset scenes that will take your breath away.
For accommodation options, Driftwood Boutique Guest House is a great place to stay; Rhosneigr also offers plenty of food and drink locations for after your long days taking photographs. There are countless activities and more photo opportunities in Angelsey waiting for discovery too!