Nestled at the end of Red Wharf Bay, this pretty village combines beautiful coastal areas and countryside in a peaceful setting.
Stroll along the beaches and relax in seafront pubs and cafés of Pentraeth. Take relaxing walks across farmland and through Pentraeth Forest. Visit the old churches. Explore prehistoric sites and learn more at the local museum.
Pentraeth is Welsh for “head of the beach.” On the riverbanks of the Afon Nodwydd, it takes this name from its location, close to the beautiful Red Wharf Bay. Walk the 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) of sandy beach that make up Red Wharf Bay. Admire the scenery, which has earned the beach protection as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Enjoy a little birdwatching, as the area attracts large numbers of waterfowl; you might see oystercatchers, purple sandpipers, shelducks and more. Explore the nearby Pentraeth Forest and look for red squirrels, as the forest is one of their last remaining U.K. habitats.
Find St. Mary’s Church in the heart of Pentraeth. The church was restored in 1882, but look closely to see much of the original medieval stonework. Explore the church and find other features originating throughout history. See a Tudor arch door, the remains of a 12th-century font and windows from the 17th and 19th centuries.
Head just outside the village and you’ll find Stone Science, a quaint family-run museum. View the various dioramas, which depict differing ages of the earth. See thousands of fossils, crystals, stone arrowheads and more. Step outside to the children’s play area, which also has a small farm with pet goats and chickens. You can also visit a replica Iron Age roundhouse and purchase a fossil at the gift shop.
Reach Pentraeth by car or local bus service. Enjoy dinner or a drink in your choice of several bars and restaurants that look out over Red Wharf Bay.