Places to Visit - Menai Bridge (Porthaethwy)
The town of Menai Bridge is situated on the banks of the Menai Strait, originally becoming a settlement here due to it being the narrowest point to cross the Menai Strait for farmers exporting their livestock across the Menai, earliest records show that there have been ferries crossing at this point since around 1292. Menai Bridge is another Anglesey town with strong connections to the sea.
The town of Menai Bridge has many places to stay and is an ideal base for a holiday on Anglesey, it also benefits from many beautiful walks around its coast. Coed Cyrnol (Colnels wood) a strong hold for the Anglesey red squirrel which leads down to the beautiful church island and the stunning Belgian Promenade built by Belgian refugees as a thank you to the people of Menai Bridge and Llandegfan for their hospitality during the war.
RibRide Adventure Trips
If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous during your visit to Anglesey, then why not visit RibRide for an adventure boat ride.
They have trips between our two famous bridges, or an even longer trip down the Menai Straits towards and around the beautiful Puffin Island (Ynys Seriol) where you can see a huge colony of grey seals and even some puffins!
During the early summer season of 2017 a pod of friendly Dolphins came to play around this area.
Anglesey Half Marathon
The Anglesey half marathon (Ras Mon) is now a firmly established event around March every year, attracting around 1500 road runners, the start is on the Menai Suspension bridge and goes to Beaumaris and finishes back in Menai Bridge.
This is the only time during the year when the Menai Suspension Bridge is closed completely to traffic and you can walk across the whole of the bridge.
Menai Strait Raft Race
Starting from the old slate port of Y Felinheli, rafts travel down the Menai Strait, past the historic Plas Newydd towards Menai Bridge through the Swellies under the magnificent Britannia Bridge and Menai Suspension Bridge.
Menai Bridge is the finishing line of the Menai Strait raft race is another regular annual event and has been since about 1986, the race starts from Y Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) and travels under the Britannia Bridge through the Swellies, under the Menai Suspension Bridge and finishes at Menai Bridge.
A fantastic day for all involved raising money for local charity and good causes.
Church Island (Ynys Tysilio)
Church Island or Ynys Tysilio in Menai Bridge is the home to another famous Anglesey Saint, St. Tysilio, whose beautiful tiny church dates back to around 630AD.
A must to see if visiting Menai Bridge, this beautiful tiny church is still used for weddings today! There are spectacular views of the Menai Strait, the two bridges, Menai Suspension bridge and the Britannia bridge that cross on to Anglesey.
Also the Swellies, the body of water between the two bridges, known as some of the most dangerous water in the whole of the United Kingdom.