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Beaumaris Castle is located in the town of the same name on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

Beaumaris Castle is located in the town of the same name on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales.

Overview of Beaumaris Castle

• This castle was built as part of King Edward I’s campaign to conquer the north of Wales.
• It was designed by James of St. George.
• It was begun in 1295.
• Beaumaris is part of the World Heritage site known as Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd.
• Beaumaris Castle was positioned to face the royal llys at Abergwyngregyn.
• This castle is situated on the opposite shore of the Menai Strait.
• It was intended to be along with Conwy Castle and Caernarfon Castle at either end of the Menai Strait.
• Beaumaris Castle on the Island of Anglesey is the great unfinished masterpiece.
• It was built as one of the ‘iron ring’ of North Wales castles by the English monarch Edward I.
• This was built to mark a stamp his authority on the Welsh.
• Beaumaris is regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales.
• The king’s military architect, the brilliant James of St George, brought all his experience and inspiration to bear when building this castle.
• This was the biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.
• In pure architectural terms Beaumaris, the most technically perfect castle in Britain.
• It has few equals.
• It has an ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric ‘walls within walls’ design.
• These involve no less than four successive lines of fortifications.
• It was the state of the art for the late 13th century.
• The stronghold stands at one end of Castle Street.
• They are inextricably linked with the history of the town.
• This was the ‘beau marais’ (fair marsh) that Edward chose for a castle and garrison town.
• Beaumaris sits contentedly in a scenic setting overlooking mountains and the sea, partially surrounded by water filled moat.
• The gate next-the-sea entrance protected the tidal dock.
• This allowed supply ships to sail right up to the castle.
• Beaumaris has 14 separate major obstacles that any attacker would have to overcome.
• It has the hundreds of cleverly sited arrow-slits, the deadly use of ‘murder holes’ to defend entrances.

Opening Hours 2012 – 2013

• Last admission half an hour before closing
• 1st March to 30th June – 09.30 – 17.00 daily
• 1st July – 31st August – 09.30 – 18.00 daily
• 1st September – 31st October – 09.30 – 17.00 daily
• 1st November to 28th February 10.00 – 16.00 Monday to Saturday – 11.00 – 16.00 Sunday
• Closed:- 24th, 25th, 26th December, 1st January

Contact and Admission Information

• Telephone:- +44 1248 810361
• Admission Charge:- Adults £3.80, Reduced rate £3.40.
• Family Ticket:- £11.00 – admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years.
• Three or seven day explorer passes are available to give you free admission to the historic sites in the care of Cadw.

Things to Do

Horse Riding
• On the Menai Straits shore.
• Spectacular views of Snowdonia.
• One or two hour rides along the shore, on grass tracks and country lanes.
• Reliable, well cared for, horses and ponies to suit riders of all ages, sizes and standards.
• Young people’s day and half day activity sessions which include riding, horse care and stable management.
• Lessons from qualified instructors.
• Cross Country training course.
• Indoor riding arena (under construction).
• Shorter lead rein rides for young children.
• Half day and day rides for experienced riders outside the summer season.

Other Things to do in Isle of Anglesey, Wales

• Activity and craft holidays
• Art
• Beaches
• Cycling
• Family fun
• Fishing
• Food and drink
• Gardens
• Golf
• History
• Horse riding
• Local produce
• Motorsport
• Nature
• Walking
• Water sports

Best time to visit / climate

• There is no good or bad time to visit London.
• The attractions are mostly open all year round.
• July and August are the height of summer.
• These would also be the most expensive months.
• This is the time when London has the biggest crowds mainly because of the school holidays and the ‘good’ weather.
• New Year and Easter are also busy periods and expensive.
• In the winter it is dark by early evening (16.00).
• In the height of summer it is light until 22.00.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

1. By Air
• Anglesey Airport is located to the south west of the island at RAF Valley.
• This is less than two miles from the A55 expressway.
• The airport provides a gateway for both business and leisure travelers to North West Wales and all the region has to offer.
• Manx2 offers twice daily Monday to Friday flights linking Cardiff with Anglesey.
• Services from Anglesey Airport offer an alternative to the long journeys by road and rail.
• Manx2 also operate a summer service between Anglesey and the Isle of Man and Belfast.
• For all current flight times and our latest flight locations, please see the Manx2 website.
• Manchester Airport is established as an important access point for the UK.
• It offers easy access to North Wales from most parts of Europe, USA and beyond with good connections by rail and road.
• Alternatively, London and Cardiff are also well connected whether you choose to drive or come by train.
Flight operator
Tel: + 44 (0)871 200 0440 (reservations)
RAF Valley has facilities for landing private aircraft, 24 hour notice is required (PPR)
Tel: 01407 762241 Ext 7582
Liverpool Airport
Tel: 0870 7508484
Manchester Airport
Tel: 0161 489 30000
Cardiff Airport

2. By Bus
• A network of coach services from most parts of the UK is available.
• Once on the island there is a network of local services which allow you to travel around at your leisure.

3. By Car
• The motorway network and the A55 road along the North Wales coast offer dual carriageway access right across the island.
• If you are travelling from the south you may prefer the A5 that takes you through the mountains of North Wales.
Typical drive times to the Isle of Anglesey:
• From Chester: 1hr 20min
• From Birmingham: 3hr
• From Manchester Airport: 2hr
• From London: 5hr

4. By Sea
Holyhead Harbour
• Holyhead is the gateway to Ireland.
• It offers fast services to Dublin in just 99 minutes or more leisurely crossings in superbly equipped modern boats.

5. By Train
Bangor and Holyhead are on the main rail route to Ireland with connections and services from most parts of the UK.
Shortest train journey times to Bangor from:
• Chester – 59min
• Birmingham – 2hr 32min
• Manchester – 2hr 10 min
• London – 3hr 23min
• Bangor to Holyhead – 29min

Some Travel Books That will Help You

Lonely Planet Wales Wales Road Map AZ Frommer’s England and the Best of Wales 2012

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