Beaumaris CastleBeaumaris, Anglesey
Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, North Wales
This 13th Century castle is thought to be the greatest example of a technically perfect, concentric castle in the UK, and maybe even the world. Interestingly though, it was never actually finished! That said, it still remains an impressive Beaumaris landmark, offering plenty to explore inside its walls, making it a perfect destination for a family adventure.
Beaumaris castle is situated to the south-east of Anglesey, sitting proudly in its rather scenic setting, looking out over the town and across the Menai Straits towards the mountains of Snowdonia. A trip to this castle is both informative and rather atmospheric, it is certainly not just for the history lovers amongst you. Everyone will enjoy exploring the towers, stairwells and passageways whilst learning the past of this popular Anglesey attraction.
Beaumaris castle can be found at the far end of the aptly named Castle Street. It was the last and largest castle built by the English monarch Edward I. Building began in 1295, after an entire population was forced to relocate from the site. The castle was built using a ‘walls within walls’ design, which at the time of the 13th century would have been state of the art! Surrounded by a now partially filled moat, Beaumaris castle certainly looks the part. But as funds for the construction of the castle dried up it was never actually completed.
Thanks to its preservation, today you can enjoy this unfinished masterpiece in all it’s glory. The castle really is a great site for all the family. Walking around the top of the castle walls is really exciting for children, perhaps not always for the parents bringing up the rear! Take your time and wander this impressive symmetrical structure and its surrounding grounds.
Beaumaris castle is part of Cadw, the Welsh Government organisation that aims to conserve Wales's heritage. Cadw is a Welsh word meaning ‘to keep’ or ‘to protect’ and it’s hope that it will aid the understanding of Wales' history and promote its safeguarding.
Excitingly, Beaumaris castle is also one of the settings for an outdoor cinema, along with more family orientated events such as a medieval festival. There’s always something for those lovers of history too - they really cater for all!
Peak (1st March - October 31st)
Daily: 9:30am - 5pm
Winter (1st November - 28th February)
Daily: 10am - 4pm
Closed: 24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January.
Phone number: 01248 810361
Yes - benches in the playground next door. Otherwise take a blanket and picnic on the grass inside the castle.
Limited on street parking, but there is plenty of pay and display parking nearby. There’s a large car park on the seafront to the left of the Pier. There are 2 dedicated disabled parking spaces on roadside adjacent to visitor centre.
Access is level from the visitor centre into site via pathway and small bridge. The majority of the grounds are on level grassed lawns.
Guide dogs only.
Other useful info
- Purchase a CADW explorer pass if you are planning on visiting more than one CADW site during your stay. Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.
- Get 10% off entry with a Snowdonia Pass http://www.snowdoniapass.co.uk/our-members/attractions-and-activities/.
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