Isle of Anglesey: Local History Resources

Isle of Anglesey Wales UK local history

Found just off the Northwest coast of Wales, the Isle of Anglesey has a rich heritage and even boasts its own castle. Today more than 70,000 people live on this island, which is easily accessed from the mainland via the Menai Suspension Bridge or the Britannia Bridge.

Local History Resources On Facebook

Facebook pages and groups offer engaging posts even to those with a passing interest in local history. Memories, photos and information are widely shared with an appreciative audience.

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Images of Anglesey

Anglesey Archives

Found on Industrial Estate Rd, Llangefni, LL77 7JA, the Anglesey Archives hold documents from the sixteen century to the present day.

Historic Wales Web Portal

The Historic Wales Web Portal is maintained and coordinated by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), in conjunction with the National Museum Wales and Welsh heritage agency Cadw. 

Found at, you can search an interactive map to find places of interest. Then click on the location dot of your choice, and you’ll see which organisations have records of the site. Click again, and you’ll move through to the catalogue listings of the site showing what records exist and where you can find them.

Warren Kovach started this informative website back in 1995. You can find out about a wide range of locations and places of interest, and see beautiful pictures. In addition, he maintains a blog about news and topics of interest about the island’s history.

He’s written a book, and created a YouTube channel, and you’ll find links to both on the website.

Furthermore, you can follow @AngleseyHist on Twitter or join the Anglesey History Facebook Page.

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Museums In Anglesey

Beaumaris Castle

Work began on Beaumaris Castle in 1295, and saw much conflict before its abandonment in 1660. Although it became part of a 19th Century stately home and park, the impressive ruins are enjoyed by visitors today.

Beaumaris Gaol

Built in 1829 and expanded in 1867, a range of services and institutions used this impressive building even after it ceased functioning as a gaol. 

Today it’s one of the island’s historic attractions, drawing in 30,000 visitors each year.

Holyhead Maritime Museum

Since this lifeboat station opened in 1858, the recorded lives saved totals 128. Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, a visitors centre opened in 1998 so the public can learn about the dangerous, yet valuable, work done by brave lifeboat teams.

Melin Llynon, Llanddeusant

Completed in 1776, Melin Llynon is today the only surviving, working windmill in Wales. Today, visitors can buy the strong stoneground flour processed on site.

Menai Heritage Bridges Exhibition

Based in the Canolfan Thomas Telford Centre in Menai Bridge, Anglesey, the Menai Heritage Bridges Exhibition focusses on the Menai Suspension Bridge and the Britannia Bridge, as well as the local history and natural history of the Menai Strait and surrounding area.

Oriel Ynys Môn

The museum and arts centre of Oriel Ynys Môn offers a History Gallery, Art Gallery and a series of permanent displays. It is located in Llangefni, Anglesey.

Plas Newydd (Anglesey)

Maintained by the National Trust since 1976, the country seat of the Marquesses of Anglesey is an impressive stately home set in beautiful parkland. Although built in 1470, the house was extended and altered over many centuries by a variety of owners. 

South Stack Lighthouse

Saving lives since 1809, this lighthouse warned passing ships away from the treacherous rock of a small island off the north-west coast of Holy Island, Anglesey.

Today the lighthouse opens to the public for several weeks each year. Tours of the engine room, an exhibition area, and a climb to the top of the lighthouse await visitors.

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