Christmas at Anglesey Abbey

Frosty scene at Anglesey Abbey

We've put together a few ideas to help you plan your visit to Anglesey Abbey over the festive season.

Take a stroll

The Winter Garden & Riverside Walk is ideal for a gentle family stroll. Enjoy the bold colours, textures and heady scents of the Winter Garden before walking along the banks of  beautiful Quy Water. Don't forget to look for early flowering snowdrops, a sure sign that spring is on its way.

Enjoy the vivid colour, textures and scents of the Winter garden
Image of family group walking through the Winter Garden
Enjoy the vivid colour, textures and scents of the Winter garden

There's a good surface along the entire route and plenty of places to sit down. If you need a little extra help, you can hire a wheelchair or electic buggy. It's advisable to pre-book a buggy by calling Visitor Reception on 01223 810086.

Burn off some Christmas calories

Head to the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area for a real family adventure in the woods. 

Come and explore Hoe Fen
Autumn Children Hoe Fen
Come and explore Hoe Fen

Record what  you see from the Wildlife Watch Hut and check-out the guests who have booked into the Insect Hotel for Christmas.  Build a den, see the amazing views from the giant Limetree Lookout Treehouse and burn off some energy in the Natural Play area.

It's a 15 -20 minute walk to Hoe Fen along the Woodland Walk, which has a bare ground / woodchip surface.

Step back in time

Step into the House & travel back in time to 1964 to see how Lord Fairhaven spent the winter at Anglesey Abbey. Discover what he bought his famly & friends for Christmas, see the Christmas card from the Queen Mother, and discover the hard work undertaken by his domestic staff & gamekeepers looking after guests to his weekly shooting parties. 

Lord Fairhaven was an excellent host
Close-up image of book recording amount of alcohol consumed Dec 1964 - Jan 1965
Lord Fairhaven was an excellent host

Our Winter 1964 - A gentleman's way of life exhibition runs daily until Sunday 28 January, 11am -4pm (last admission 3pm)..

50 things to do before you are 11¾s

Bring your Wild Adventure scrapbook or get one from Visitor Reception. Its packed with 50 great adventures to complete before you're 11¾s - don't worry you can be older - even adults like taking part.

You can tick off a number of the 50 things challenges at Anglesey Abbey including Climb a tree (no.1),  Build a Den (No4), Make a trail with sticks (no.12), Create some wild art (no.18), Find a Geocache (no.49).

Make sure you get a sticker when you complete each activity, or get an adult to sign your scrapbook. 

Go geocaching

Can you find the six secret geoacaches we've hidden around the gardens?

Start by downloading  the co-ordinates to your GPS receiver or mobile phone from Good luck!

Feeling peckish

The Redwoods restaurant will be serving a tasty range of hot a cold drinks, sandwiches, hot meals and plenty of homemade scones and cake.

Christmas opening times

We're closed for Christmas from 24 - 26 December inclusive. The rest of the holiday period the Gardens, Shop & Redwoods Restaurant are open daily 10am - 4.30pm (House 11am - 4pm- last admission 3pm).