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A captivating seaside town with a variety of historic architecture

UK | Isle of Anglesey | Beaumaris
Beaumaris beach

Tucked away in an enviable location on the coast of the Isle of Anglesey, Beaumaris is a charming town best known for its spectacular castle.

Although incomplete, the 13th century Beaumaris Castle stands as the most technically perfect castle in Britain, with its perfectly symmetrical concentric walls. This is the final castle built in North Wales by English King Edward I in his crusade against the Welsh, and stands unfinished as the king ran out of finances, needing to defend from the threat of the Scots instead. Partially surrounded by a moat, Beaumaris Castle is cared for by Cadw and open to the public to explore.

Beaumaris Castle

Even more history can be experienced at the Beaumaris Gaol, where you can get a glimpse into the grim prison life of the 1800s. Here you can walk through the dark corridors, see the barbaric devices used in the punishments and discover tales of some of the prisoners once locked up in the cells.

Simply taking a stroll through the streets of the town is a must, as your eye will be caught by the diversity of architecture on show, including medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Many of the cottages are also painted in pretty pastel colours, while there are also plenty of great places to drop into for a bite to eat. After taking a walk through the town, head down to the pretty seafront. Here you’ll find the 19th century pier, popular with fishermen and crabbers and far-reaching views across the Menai Strait to the peaks of Snowdonia. Alongside the seafront follows Beaumaris’ small beach, a pleasant patch of sand and shingle where you can sit back and watch the world go by.

If you’re looking to explore more of Anglesey’s coastline, grab your walking boots and head to the Anglesey Coastal Path, a walking trail which allows you to take in coastal views around the entire island. From Beaumaris you can also travel to the nearby Puffin Island to see not only puffins but a variety of other wildlife too, including seals, guillemots, razorbills and even dolphins. Sea Coast Safaris offer boat tours to the island as well as cruises along the Menai Strait and thrilling Rib Rides.

“A charming town best known for its spectacular castle…”

Beaumaris is also well-placed for exploring the many other fantastic sights that Anglesey has to offer. Four miles to the north-east you’ll find the remains of the 13th century Penmon Priory, leading on to Penmon Point, which has great views over to the striking Trwyn Du lighthouse a little out to sea. In the other direction you’ll reach Menai Bridge, a popular foodie destination home to two impressive suspension bridges, and Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, the village with the longest place name in Britain, where the railway station is a much-photographed landmark.

If you’ve been inspired to base your next holiday in this pretty corner of Anglesey, take a look at our full collection of Beaumaris cottages and find your perfect place to stay.

While you’re there

Beaumaris Gaol

A harrowing insight into how prisoners were treated during the 1800s

Puffin Island

Take a boat ride out to this island to see puffins, seals, seabirds and much more

Beaumaris Castle

A spectacular yet unfinished 13th century castle, and the most technically perfect in Britain

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