A short drive north from Caernarfon brings you to two historic crossings of the Menai Strait to Anglesey. Britannia Bridge is the more modern of the two, while nearby Menai Bridge was once the largest suspension bridge in the world.
As soon as you cross onto this unique island you will be treated to some of the most spectacular views in Wales. Looking back across the Menai Strait towards the mainland reveals the dramatic panorama of the Snowdonia mountain range which fades away into the distance, the majestic peaks stretch along the Llyn Peninsula, and out into the Irish Sea.
Anglesey is rich in culture, heritage and natural beauty and there is so much to see and do. Explore the 125 miles of spectacular coastline that surrounds the island, relax on the golden sands of one of the many family-friendly, blue flag beaches that the island boasts, such as Llanddwyn or Benllech. There are plenty of adrenaline packed watersports activities to try out, such as kite surfing or wakeboarding, the sandy beaches at Rhosneigr situated on the west coast of the Island are ideal.
Take some time to immerse yourself in the history of the island and discover the 13th Century Beaumaris Castle which is a World Heritage site, or visit Amlwch Copper Kingdom and wander the eerie landscapes of Parys Mountain, that still bear the colourful scars of copper mining activity from the 1700s.
There are attractions across the island which will delight people of all ages, Anglesey is an ideal place for families to visit throughout the year. Pili Palas, Nature World is a fantastic little attraction situated just outside of Menai Bridge, particularly great for young children who can experience being surrounded by beautiful live butterflies and lush tropical plants. There is plenty of things to keep them occupied, including a farmyard walk and indoor soft play area. Anglesey Sea Zoo, is ideal for a family visit and a fantastic place to learn about marine life, you can even fish for your own pearl oyster!
I stayed at the hotel with my husband and 2 children 8 and 10. The room was comfortable, large and spotless, the communal spaces in the hotel had character and charm and the breakfast was excellent. The staff were friendly and efficient and the swimming pool a real added bonus. The proximity to the town was a wonderful bonus - 5 minutes walk to the castle and main square. Yes the decor in the room is a little dated, but this hotel represents fantastic value for money. There is so much to do in the area, it's a great base to climb Snowdon and visit the Zip World centres. We didn't have time to visit the Welsh Mountain Zoo or do the Railway - two nights in the area just wasn't enough. we can't wait to go again!
We visited the Celtic Royal for a couple of nights in March 19 with the objective of walking around Snowdonia. Great hotel with really pleasant and professional staff. Our room was spacious, comfy and adequately equipped. Leisure facilities were good, large pool with sauna and steam rooms, reasonably equipped gym. Breakfast was quality and plentiful. Evening meals were excellent and good value. Varied and interesting menu, generous proportions and superbly cooked.