Unusual things to do in Wales

by | Apr 8, 2024

Visitors to Halen Môn often ask us for other recommendations of interesting things to do on the salty isle. 

There are lots of lists out there but here we’ve pulled together some of the more unusual places to visit and things to do when you’re on Ynys Môn.

Explore Mynydd Parys / Parys Mountain

There’s nowhere quite like The Copper Mountain, a wild and almost otherworldly landscape right here on Anglesey. Once the biggest copper mine in the world, the area has been mined since the bronze ages, leaving behind a wild and colourful landscape to explore via its many winding footpaths.

 

Go stargazing

Here on Anglesey our skies are much darker than in many other places across the UK, giving us incredible sights of the night sky. North Wales is also home to the Eryri (Snowdonia) International Dark Sky Reserve where light levels are controlled to protect our night skies, too. 

Visit Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

A well-loved historic garden that has been carefully restored to its former,19th Century glory and is often described as one of North Wales’ best kept secrets. 

Three different gardens have been discovered there including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and pool, a secret valley garden with leafy tree ferns, waterfalls and a river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19c. Folly. The azalea walk in May and June is a very welcome burst of natural colour.

Marvel at Bryn Celli Ddu

A prehistoric landmark, Bryn Celli Ddu or the Mound in the Dark Grove, is a remarkable and mysterious structure that sits on the coast of Anglesey. 

 The monument seems to have been first built around 5,000 years ago, as a ‘henge’ or burial chamber, with an elaborately decorated stone hidden at the end of a long underground passage. At dawn on midsummer solstice, shafts of light from the rising sun penetrate down the passageway to light the inner burial chamber. Magical.

Enjoy a Wild Seaweed Bath

For hundreds of years, people have been bathing in seaweed for its nurturing, restorative and healing properties. In warm water, seaweed releases its mineral-dense oils, offering rich relaxation, soothing tired muscles and encouraging escape from the everyday.

Don your swimming costume and bathe in the power of seaweed in your own private upcycled whiskey barrel.

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