Fun family walk at Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd, Anglesey

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A picture of Plas Newydd, View of House from Repton Clump © The National Trust

A picture of Plas Newydd, View of House from Repton Clump

A picture of Plas Newydd, Adventure Playground Photo © National Trust

A picture of Plas Newydd, Adventure Playground Photo

Children reaching for leaves in the autumn at Plas Newydd © Paul Harris

Children reaching for leaves in the autumn at Plas Newydd

Route overview

This short walk around the grounds at Plas Newydd is ideal for little legs.  Families can enjoy the backdrop of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.  There is plenty along the way to keep the children happy, including our new treehouse and the great adventure playground.


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Start: Plas Newydd, grid ref: SH521696

  1. Start your walk from reception and follow the path that leads down to the house.

    Show/HidePlas Newydd House from Repton Clum

    As you walk through the garden from the old dairy block, the house will be hidden from your view. You'll have to wait in anticipation to catch a glimpse of the home of the Marquess of Anglesey. Be prepared to turn a corner and come face to face with this stunning view towards Snowdonia.

    A picture of Plas Newydd, View of House from Repton Clump © The National Trust
  2. As you follow the path, stop by the cricket pavilion and look over to the old stable block which is now run by the Conway Centre. This was the Marquesss garage and was where members of the family would put on plays they had written themselves. A really great one was called 'The Pink Shirts', which was captured on film in the 1930s.

  3. Follow along the path and as you turn the corner wait for the fantastic views of the Menai Strait and the house. During winter opening hours, turn right and continue down the dock road (rejoining the route at point 5).

  4. Continue onwards down the path, once you reach the courtyard, follow the path that goes off to your right. Notice the sloping lawn to your right; this is where the Marquess and his sister use to play 'roly poly' down the hill with their dog 'Cheeky'.

    Show/HideAdventure Playground

    You can end the walk in style with a visit to our Adventure Playground. Hidden amongst the trees in Dairy Wood, this area is open all year. You don't have to visit the garden to enter the playground and it's a great place to come with the family. Different parts of the playground suit different ages - have fun!

    A picture of Plas Newydd, Adventure Playground Photo © National Trust
  5. Follow the tarmac path which goes down to your left, then take the path which is on your right. To the left you will be able to see the old swimming pool where the family used to go sailing and swimming. It is now privately run by the Conway Centre.

  6. Continue along the tarmac path. If you want to take a break at this point, there is a bench on your left with glorious views. Or you may like to explore the Camellia Dell on your right.

  7. Come back to the path and continue forward, then go uphill off the path and onto the grass and look for a gap in the trees. Who will be the first to spot one of the oldest trees in Plas Newydd? This is a nice place to sit. Continue going uphill until you reach the tarmac path.

  8. Now it is time to explore the area that the Marquess's children named the 'West Indies'. Can you think why they gave it this name? Meander through the grassed area and look out for our new tree house.

    Show/HidePlas Newydd's 'West Indies'

    Known as the 'West Indies', this area is a great place for the kids to run free and explore. Look out for our brand new tree house. The original was built in 1963 for Lady Amelia but unfortunately became unsafe and had to be taken down. The Marquess's children loved to play here. What kind of games would they have played in the 1930s?

    Children reaching for leaves in the autumn at Plas Newydd © Paul Harris
  9. Stay on the grassed area and head up to the woods and enjoy our adventure playground

  10. Now you've finished your walk, why not visit Whistler's Restaurant for a bite to eat. Or pop into the coffee shop by the house, where you can enjoy the sub-tropical Menai Courtyard. (Coffee shop not open during winter opening hours.)

End: Plas Newydd, grid ref: SH521696

  • Trail: Walking
  • Grade: Easy
  • Distance: 1 mile (1.6km)
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • OS Map: Landranger 114; 115
  • Terrain:

    Natural paths and hard-standing concrete paths. Some steps. If walking with a buggy there is an alternative route available, or two people can carry the buggy down the steps as there are not many. Dogs are only permitted in the car park area, they are not allowed in the grounds of Plas Newydd. Normal admission charges apply at Plas Newydd.

  • How to get here:

    By bus:  Arriva 42 service - Bangor to Llangefni (passing Bangor train station and close to Llanfairpwll train station). See Traveline Cymru

    By train:  Llanfairpwll station 1.75 miles (2.8km)

    By car: 2 miles (3.2km) south-west of Llanfairpwll A55 junctions 7 and 8a, or A4080 to Brynsiencyn; turn off A5 at west end of Britannia Bridge. Postcode LL61 6DQ

     

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