Although only short the pier at Beaumaris offers some good views of the Mountains of Snowdonia and of Bangor.
From the pier you can get local cruises and fishing trips around the Menai Strait along with 'some of the best crab fishing to be had' from the pier-head.
There is a small shop at the entrance selling everything from ice creames to crab lines.
Building of the castle began in 1295 and was the last royal stronghold to be built by King Edward I in Wales completing the chain of fortifications 'The Iron Fist' with which he had begun to enclose Gwynedd in 1277.
Following the death of of the prince of Wales Llywelyn in 1282 and his brother Dafydd less than a year later Welsh resistance to English rule effectively came to an end and Edward I had built or refurbished some 16 castles.
Although a castle was planned for Beaumaris as early as 1283 it was not until the Welsh rebeled lead by Madog ap llywelyn that building began close to a thriving Welsh town called Llanfaes on Anglesey. The castle was built quickly and alongside it the new town of Beaumaris grew at the expense of Llanfaes whoes inhabitants were removed to a new settlement at the southwest tip of the Island.
The Plan of the Castle took full advantage of it's position on a flat site without the constraints that shaped Castles such as Conwy and Caernarfon. it was built in a concentric walls within walls style with 4 rings of formidable defences which included a water filled moat with a dock that enabled supplies to reach the castle from the sea via a specialy dug channel (now filled in). There were also plans for at least 5 seperate suites of accommodation although when work ceased in 1330 at least 3 of these remained unbuilt along with the upper floors and turrets of the towers in the Inner ward and so the castle really remained very much as it apears today. Some small sums of money were spent on maintenance during the 14th and 15th centuarys and the castle was well agle to be garrisoned and besieged during the revolt of Owain Glyn Dwr in about 1400 to 1410.
By 1539 the castle was reported to be in a ruined state and by 1609 utterly decayed and when The Civil war broke out in 1642 Viscount Bulkeley spent some £3,000 on repairs to it in the Royalist cause. The victory by the Parliment forces in 1646 led to the surrender of the castle to Major-General Thomas Mytton and by about 1660 some partial dismantling had taken Place leaving just the stone.
In 1987 the castle was put on the world heratage list as a Historic site of outstanding universal value . For me it is everything a Castle should be and is just how we picture a castle to be.
The stone circle on the sea front not far from the pier is a symbol of the age of Druids in Anglesey, it stands as a reminder that the Anglesey Eisteddfod was held in beaumaris in the summer of 1996.
The Eisteddfod was originally a sitting of bards but evolved over the centuries to embrace most aspects of welsh culture.
The Logan Stone in the center of the circle served as a proclamation platform for the islands chief 'bard' or 'druid'
Built in 1614 and largly renovated in the 19th c it is now a unique example of a surviving Victorian court room, It is still in use as the local magistrates court (2nd friday of every month). In former days the prisoners would have been taken to Beaumaris Gaol nearby (also open to the Public)
Open daily from Easter until the first week in september 11:00 to 18:00 (unless the court is in session)
You can purchase a joint ticket for the Court and the gaol
Children under 5 go in Free
Just around the corner from the Castle, at the back of the Old Couthouse is a lovely old cottage with a traditional cottage garden which has been maitained by local volunteers 'for the enjoyment of residents and the many visitors' it is sponsored by Cooks & Caterers cook shop.
Private museum of toys and childhood magic
open Easter to November, including sundays from noon
art gallery & shop with gifts
Winner of British Tourist Authority and National Heritage Museum of the Year Awards
About 2000 items over 9 rooms, each room having a different childhood theme.
The main street of Beaumaris is pretty enough, but does contain one real gem; a Medieval house. Dating from the 13th century, it's thought to be one of the oldest in Wales. It's a shop now (full of model ships, strangely) and the black and white painting is a Victorian embellishment (half-timbered houses were never painted when originally built). Still, it's nice to see it standing where it has done for 600 years so so.
Obviously, because that's the most important thing Beaumaris has.
Started in 1295, it's a perfect example of the concentric, symmetrical form of Norman castles. It was never finished (money ran out) but nevertheless would have been entirely impregnable before explosives were invented.
Brilliant views of the Menai Straits and the mainland mountains, as well as towers, corridors, battlements, spiral staircases. Worth going to see.
King Edward I had an "iron ring" of castles constructed in Wales, to consolidate his hold on the territory. Built close enough to provide mutual support, they comprised an effective system for maintaining English control over this new possession.
Beaumaris Castle was the last one built. Master James of St George supervised the construction, starting in 1295. With its wide moat and concentric walls, it was one of the most advanced castles of the age. However, by 1298 the funds had finally begun to dry up. King Edward's ambitious plans were a bit too much. So the walls were not built as tall as Master James had intended. Nevertheless, it was a formidable fortress, and now a UN World Heritage Site.
Some people think it's the most beautiful castle in all of Wales and no doubt the biggest draw for tourists.
It is located right in the centre of Beaumaris surrounded by a moat and overlooking the Menai Straits.
This unfinished castle is the last and largest of King Edward I's fortifications to keep the Welsh out. It was very lush for its time and was built to palatial standards with five separate royal suites. The cost of building Beaumaris Castle was £14,400 in 1295.
Concentric castles like Beaumaris were bigger than any previous castles! The walls were thicker, stronger and higher than other castles and with massive turrets! The Inner Walls were higher than Outer walls! Drawbridges were added! The interiors were more comfortable, even luxurious! Concentric Castles, like Beaumaris, were very expensive!
Entry is free for Welsh residents aged 60 and over
In May/June each year the town hosts a cultural festival.
Opera, jazz, poetry readings, cookery demonstrations, orchestras, children's choir, Art exhibitions and competitions.
Craft Fair Friday 28 May until Monday 31 May.
There are various prices for admission to some of the events, others are free.
Beaumaris castle on Anglesey is a World Heritage Site, but unfinished, castle. It a part of the "iron rong" of castles in North Wales built by the English King Edward I. Their purpose was to make clear his authority over the Welsh. Unfortunately the money and supplies ran out and the castle was never finished. it is still regarded by many as the ost technically perfect castle of Britain and it is an awesome sight. Building started in 1295, James of St. George the knig's military architect, used all his experience and his inspiration in designing this last great Edwardian Castle. It was in fact the most ambitious of his ventures - it has a perfectlysymmetrical concentric "walls within walls" design. That gives it four successive lines of fortification - state of the art for for late 13th century castles!!
"Beau Mareys" (fair marsh) was where Edward I decided to place his castle and garrison town. The castle, which does not rise high and menacing, overlooks mountains and the sea. It is partially surrounded by a moat. The "gate next to the sea" entrance protected the tidal dock and this allowed ships to sail right up to the castle.
The castle is closed on the 24th, 25th, 26th of December and 1st of January.
Near the High Street is Britains oldest court house still in use.
The huge prison attached to the court house has a human treadmill, demonstrating how roughly they used to treat prisoners. It was, constructed in 1829, and housed men, women and children. Each had separate cells with running water, sound proofed isolation chambers and the whipping room. Visitors are allowed to handle the chains and fetters last worn by prisoners a century ago, and photograph the gibbet on their iPad.
The prison also recalls the last man to be hanged in Beaumaris. He is said to have cursed the town clock on the scaffold, it has never worked properly since!
In Beaumaris is a castle built by EDWARD I in 1285 one of ring of castles that he built in Wales to keep the welsh rebels under control .
The castle was never finished as troubles in Scotland took away the men to build the castle, the castle is impressive as it is and makes a nice afternoon exploring the castle
You can climb up on the battlements giving fantastic views of the mountains across the meni
Also gives you a insight of how dingy castle life was like ,walking the dark passages to the chapel
Check out things going on at the Castle in August. Look at the CADW website, details given below.
When paying to go into the castle in August sometimes there will be activities with a Medieval theme with music, dance, jugglers and jesters.
Times: usually 11am - 4pm.