by Katy Depledge
Day Out Guides
A captivating seaside town, Beaumaris is a fabulous place to visit on your next North Wales adventure.
Stroll through the atmospheric town, explore the mighty castle or enjoy a spot of crabbing along Beaumaris Pier. Whether you’re visiting with friends and family or enjoying a romantic break – there are plenty of things to see and do in Beaumaris.
Here’s our guide to visiting Beaumaris…
Beaumaris lies at the eastern entrance to the Menai Strait and is possibly most well-known for the unfinished masterpiece which stands proudly at the end of Castle Street – we are, of course, talking about the mighty Beaumaris castle!
The views from Beaumaris seafront stretch as far as the eye can see; from the Great Orme, across to the beautiful mountains of Snowdonia and down the Menai Strait. They are utterly breathtaking. If you’ve not experienced them yet – add a stay in Beaumaris to your travel bucket list!
There are so many things to see and do in beautiful Beaumaris. From coastal walks and exploring the castle to boat trips and crabbing along the pier.
If adventure isn’t necessarily your thing and you prefer a more relaxed break filled with fun and food, Beaumaris caters for all types of foodies; there are plenty of places to refuel!
For those who love a bit of shopping too, you will love the mix of galleries, jewellery shops, antiques, crafts, gorgeous gifts and beautiful trinkets that can be found here! The High Street still holds reminders of the traditional seaside town from time gone by – discover the wonderful architecture as you explore the quaint streets.
Here are some of our favourite things to do in Beaumaris…
A symmetrical fortress and mighty stronghold, Beaumaris Castle is known as the greatest castle that was never built. It was the last of Edward I’s mighty Welsh castles and makes up part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Built on marshland, the story goes that the french builders called it ‘beaux marais’ meaning beautiful marshes. It is thought this is how the name of Beaumaris came about but as they say ‘the rest is history’! You can learn all about Beaumaris Castle, one of North Wales’ best castles, by taking a stroll around the castle and its gorgeous grounds.
An attraction not to be missed, it features in our ultimate guide for things to do in Anglesey!
The castle is owned and maintained by Cadw and costs £8.30 to visit.
This small beach is a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Separated by the popular Beaumaris Pier, you’ll find a small, sandy beach on one side and a mixture of sand and shingle on the other.
Pastel coloured houses align the shore and the beach is south facing, towards the iconic mountains of Snowdonia. A great place to spend the afternoon with the family.
Beaumaris Lifeboat Station, celebrating 100 years of lifesaving history back in 2014, is well worth the visit. Why not pop into the shop and support our local volunteers.
The lifeboat station can be found near the promenade and is home to Atlantic 85, the RNLI’s most advanced inshore boat.
If you fancy venturing off dry land, then Beaumaris is the place to be. You can catch plenty of boat trips from the pier, such as Sea Coast Safari’s and Anglesey Boat Trips.
Ride the waves along the Menai Strait and sail under the famous Menai Bridge or take the trip to Puffin Island for wonderful scenery and plenty of wildlife. Just be sure to pack your binoculars!
Beaumaris Pier is also a favourite for crabbing and it is lovely to see families decorating the railings on a sunny day with buckets brimming with the day’s catches!
The lower railings of the pier allow you to thread the crabbing line through – to avoid any lost bait. It doesn’t matter how old you are – crabbing in Beaumaris will keep you entertained for hours at a time.
Not far from Beaumaris is Penmon Priory and Penmon Point Lighthouse – where you can practically touch Puffin Island (well, it feels like it at low tide!).
Enjoy the busy bird life or take a rod and set up in the swells. Penmon is always a happy hive of family activity.
We’d have an easier time telling you the negatives and that’s because, frankly, there aren’t any! We could harp on forever about what makes it such a great place to stay but here are our top four reasons to visit Beaumaris…
Not just famous for its historic landmarks like Beaumaris Castle and Beaumaris Gaol, there is also a lot going on for such a small village. From upcoming cinema nights at the castle, to live music and the fantastic Beaumaris Food Festival, taking place in May every year.
Discover more events in North Wales to enjoy during your visit to Beaumaris.
Beaumaris is located on Anglesey in North Wales. Once you have arrived on the island, take the A545 east along the coast and a short drive will lead you directly to the centre of Beaumaris.
Arriving by train? The closest station is Bangor (on the Crewe-Holyhead) line, just 15km from Beaumaris.
Here’s the seven-day weather forecast for Beaumaris, Anglesey. If the forecast is slightly disappointing, don’t worry! There are plenty of rainy-day activities to enjoy in North Wales. Beaumaris is a delightful place to visit, come rain or shine!
Lleiniog Cottage (Ref. 1086047)
Beaumaris is a brilliant place to base yourself whilst staying in North Wales!
With all aspects covered, there is an interesting history, a small beach, a prom and pier to stroll along, vistas to enjoy and adventures to be had!
If Beaumaris sounds like somewhere you want to see, why not stay in one of our superb Beaumaris holiday cottages so you can be right at the heart of all the action?
Don’t just take our word for it, discover this Anglesey gem and see for yourself all this popular seaside town has to offer its many loyal visitors!
Has our list of things to do in Beaumaris inspired you to visit Anglesey? Check out our favourite towns and villages in North Wales for more great places to visit. Or time your visit right to join in the towns celebrations for St David’s Day!
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