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Sailing sessions at Plas Newydd

Group of people on a sailboat
Group of people on a sailboat | © ©National Trust Images/John Millar

Join us for sailing on the Menai Strait. These introductory sessions will run every Sunday from Plas Newydd from 30 June to 29 September 2024.

Sailing at Plas Newydd

Plas Newydd has always had a connection to the water, whether it was the historic family or pupils from H.M.S Conway Naval School, sailing has been an important part of this place for many years. This summer, we invite you to get active and use Plas Newydd as these previous residents once did.

Working with a local provider, you will be able to partake in sailboat activities on the Menai Strait. Each session will be tailored to the group and is designed for all abilities. If you have additional needs, please contact us in advance and we can work with the instructor to ensure the right equipment/support is available.

You will be led by a qualified instructor, who will look after you during your session and provide all the information and equipment you need to enjoy your time on the water.

A close-up image of a young visitor on a sailing course at Lake Windermere, holding a rope above her head in one hand and the tiller in the other, with her ponytail swinging and a smile on her face.
Visitor on a sailboat on the Menai Strait | © National Trust Images/Paul Harris

When, where and how long?

Sessions will run from Plas Newydd 11am - 1pm and 2pm - 4pm every Sunday from 30 June – 29 September.

The meeting place is the Cricket Pavilion at Plas Newydd. Staff will direct from the Welcome Centre during your admission.

There are two sessions a day lasting approximately 2 hours each. This includes your introduction and safety briefing. Please ensure you check in with the Welcome Centre up to 30 minutes before your session.

How much does it cost and do I need to book?

A session costs £31.75 per person. You will need to book in advance via the booking system where payment for the session will be made. To book your session click here.

Please note, normal admission price applies and will be in addition to the session cost. If you are already a National Trust Member, admission is free. Otherwise, admission can be paid on the day at the Welcome Centre.

You can find our admission prices here.

Two people wearing a life jacket
Two people wearing a life jacket | © ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey


We have a 'No cancellations/refunds' policy. Tickets cannot be transferred to another event, date or time. Tickets are for your use and cannot be resold.

To keep everybody safe, there are some weather conditions that would stop the activity going ahead. You will will be notified by 5pm the Friday before their session and issued a refund for your ticket(s).

Green sloping lawns at Plas Newydd with Menai Strait and a boat in the background
Sailboat on the Menai Strait at Plas Newydd | © National Trust Images/John Millar

What else do I need to know?

  • It is approximately a 10 minute walk to the Menai Strait from the meeting point at the Cricket Pavilion. Staff from the Welcome Team will be able to direct you from the Visitor Centre.
  • The minimum age is 8 and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • You will need to fill in a medical form and a permission form when you arrive on the day. All under 18s must have a permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian
  • Each session has space for 11 participants
  • The ability to swim is useful but not necessary, but a degree of confidence in the water can help especially on less calm days
  • You will need to wear comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting wet. Hopefully you won’t get wet, but you may get splashed. Waterproofs are available. Please wear sensible footwear with a stiff, sturdy sole (old trainers are perfect). Buoyancy aids and equipment are provided
  • There are no designated changing rooms or showers available at this location. There are toilets at the Old Dairy and down at the House
  • Please click here to download our FAQs document.