With a staggering 1 million visitors every year, Wales sits comfortably at the top of Britain’s most-loved, must-visit destinations year-on-year. Boasting a rich history, incredible scenery and tons to see and do, it’s no wonder why.
Though the bustling summer peak season reigns supreme for many as the best time to visit the shores of Anglesey, you could be missing out on an even better staycation in the wintertime – and we’re here to tell you why!
From the wondrous wildlife beginning their winter migrations, to simply being a more affordable time to getaway from the hustle and bustle, here are 7 reasons why you should visit Anglesey during the winter months.
1. Immerse yourself in stargazing
During the long winter months when the dark nights roll in fairly early, Mother Nature offers some unparalleled stargazing opportunities.
As Anglesey sits within a National Park that is declared an Area of Outstanding Beauty, it is officially one of the best destinations in the UK to witness the brilliance of the star-studded night sky during clear winter nights, with little to no light pollution affecting your view. In fact, February sees the return of the Welsh Dark Skies Week, an annual celebration of the country’s protected landscapes.
In fact, our Welsh haven GoFerydd sits along a stunning coastline overlooking the wild waves of the Irish Sea, offering a completely undisturbed, breathtaking view of the sky above. Take it all in from the comfort of your bubbling hot tub, or cosy up with a cup of hot chocolate on one of the terrace viewpoints.
2. Fewer crowds
It goes without saying that the wintertime is a far cry from the busy summer months that ensue from June to August, and it certainly comes with its perks. What the season lacks in hot sunny days, it makes up for with the opportunity to explore the island minus the crowds.
Travel back in time as you immerse yourself in secluded shorelines and rugged, rolling cliff-tops, sometimes without even seeing a single soul. Expect secluded beaches, quiet coves and absolutely minimal queuing for the region’s hotspots. Bliss!
3. Observe unique wildlife encounters
While the winter season may be quieter for tourists, that’s certainly not the case for the Welsh wildlife. In fact, some of the most interesting wildlife encounters happen in the winter, across a variety of different animals.
Anglesey’s coastal areas and nature reserves, for example, become havens for birdwatchers during the winter months, as the island’s diverse habitats, from estuaries to marshes, provide ideal conditions for observing these fascinating feathered visitors. Witness the annual migration of a variety of bird species, including waders, waterfowl, and seabirds as they travel from the north and east in search of milder winters and greater abundance of food
Recommended Spots: RSPB South Stack Cliffs Reserve (walking distance from GoFerydd), Aberffraw Estuary, and the coastal paths around Cemlyn Bay.
Winter is also an excellent time to spot seals along the coastline. The island’s rocky shores and secluded coves become resting spots for both harbour seals and grey seals. Join guided boat tours or explore designated viewing areas to witness these charismatic marine mammals in their natural habitat.
Recommended Spots: Porth Swtan (Church Bay), Rhosneigr Beach, and boat tours departing from Holyhead.
4. the stunning winter scenery
Sitting as an island off the north-west coast of Wales, Anglesey is home to some of the best views in Wales, from picturesque walks along serene seascapes and brilliant beaches to incredible local landscapes. Not only that, quaint villages dotted around the island offer lovely local shops and delightful eateries full to the brim with charm.
Anglesey is a real playground for those seeking the best that Mother Nature has to offer. If it’s sandy beaches you’re looking for, take a look at our blog on our top Anglesey beach recommendations, or familiarise yourself with some of the most scenic walks (that are 100% dog friendly, too!).
Don’t forget, GoFerydd offers some of the best panoramic views overlooking the Irish Sea and South Stack Lighthouse, so you won’t have to venture too far for the best views around!
5. enjoy delicious seasonal dining
After a day of exploring the area’s stunning seascapes and lush landscapes, there’s nothing better than tucking into some delicious seasonal food to warm you back up. From hearty comfort food and fantastically fresh bakes to Anglesey’s famed fresh seafood, you just can’t go wrong with a true winter feast.
The food may be top-quality, but you’ll often find yourself in a glorious Welsh eatery that has a stunning view to match. Think charming cafes situated just along the coastline, such as Ann’s Pantry, to idyllicly situated restaurants such as Dylan’s Menai Bridge.
Take a look at our other blog to find out more about the best places to eat in Anglesey.
6. Experience authentic Welsh hospitality
The cornerstone of any trip to Anglesey and surrounding areas is the genuine friendliness of the people. Whether you’re navigating the local markets, exploring historical sites, or simply strolling through picturesque villages, you’ll encounter warm smiles and welcoming gestures that make your winter visit to Anglesey a truly heartening experience.
While the bustling summer months leave little time to have a chinwag with the locals, given that their busiest season sees a significant amount of footfall to contend with, visiting in the quieter months gives you a real opportunity to get to know the locals.
No matter the season, you’re always guaranteed the warmest of welcomes when you stay at GoFerydd. Our visitors are more than just guests, but an extension of our GoFerydd family. Expect gold-star customer service, personable finishing touches, and a real home-from-home feel for an unforgettable getaway.
7. MORE AFFORDABLE GETAWAYS
The peak season can see prices skyrocketing throughout the summer, though winter offers a much more budget-friendly alternative.
At GoFerydd, you can enjoy an additional saving of 10% off winter stays in January, February and March. Not only that, GoFerydd sleeps up to nine guests, making it a perfect, affordable and luxury accommodation for group gatherings and family getaways.
Many attractions close during the thick of winter (though, of course, the breathtaking scenery is available all year round!), but as they begin to reopen their doors in early February, plenty offer winter warmer offers granting you slightly cheaper admission – so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!
Take full advantage of the quieter season and embrace a wonderful winter getaway. After experiencing the best of the season, head back to your homely haven where panoramic views, a hot tub, cosy snugs and board games galore await you.
Book now to secure your perfect festive staycation. Short breaks are available with 10% off winter bookings when you use code ‘WINTER10’!