Beaumaris is a town in east Anglesey in Wales. Beaumaris's shore borders the Menai Strait seperating Anglesey from North Wales. Its population is somewhere around 2000 people.(6) The town is full of history and many historical site are still able to be visited today.
The town offers a relaxed, quaint atmosphere. Beaumaris is the perfect getaway for all ages. Singles, married couples, and families can all find fun affordable activities for a day or even a week of relaxation and bonding time. Beaumaris does not have many package vacations so you can truly create your own personalized vacations like no other in the world. Make sure to bring cool weather clothes over lighter layers. This way you can be comfortable no matter what the temperature. Also, bring a camera because you will want to remember this trip.
Beaumaris was built by the English along with the castle. King Edward I began construction on this castle in 1295. French builders called the castle beaux marais meaning "beautiful marsh" since the castle was built on a marsh foundation. This is one of the largest fortresses in Wales and the last created by King Edward I. However, construction was never completed and only saw a little combat during the 17th century Civil War. Had it been finished it was fixed to be one of the grandest ever built.(1,2)
Inside the passageways of Beaumaris Castle
The Gulf Stream makes the UK's winters relatively mild.(4) The best times to head to Beaumaris are in the autumn and spring to avoid the summer crowds. Autumn and spring temperatures range from the high 60°F and the low 40°F.(3)
By car (5)
Car services are available from:
- Central Garage, Amlwch, Tel: 01407 763818
- Hertz, Holyhead, Tel: 01407 761800
- Quayside Self Drive, Holyhead, Tel: 01407 761957
- Wheels, Holyhead, Tel: 01407 765397
If you feel comfortable enough to drive yourself or have a driver to take you to all the wonderful places to visit in Beaumaris.
There are about two buses per hour to Bangor, run by Arriva. For other places on Anglesey you have to change in Menai Bridge.
The Holyhead ferry is an excellent way to get to Anglesey from Ireland. The ferry is complete with a movie theater, cafe, lounges, as well as a gift shop. It is more like a cruise ship that you are only on for less than 2 hours. Truly an experience to take advantage of.
- Bicycle- best way to get around town when not on foot
- Foot- most attractions can be walked to from your hotel as the town is relatively small.
- Car- car services can be called for attractions that cannot be reached by the previous two forms of transportation.
View from beach just next to the castle
- Beaumaris Castle, East-end of Castle Street, ☎ +44 1248 810361, . 09.30-17.00 daily (Apr 1 to Jun 30), 09.30-18.00 daily (Jul 1 to Aug 31), 09.30-17.00 daily (Sep 1 to Oct 31), 1st November to 28th February M-Sa 10.00-16.00 Su 11.00-16.00 (Nov 1 to Feb 28), 09.30-17.00 daily (Mar 1 to Mar 31). The castle is beautiful, even though it is unfinished. One can walk across the bridge to gain entry, situated atop a moat of swans. From there one can venture through the finished parts of the walls or explore the eroded cut outs. It's best to go on a sunny day when the light comes through all the little crevasse. The middle of the castle is a huge plot of grass where people can sit and children can run around. This is a very kid friendly castle but some of the wall-walks may be unsuitable for young children. Very limited disabled access. During the summer months the castle is host to a number of special events (see Cadw website for details of annual programme) and also a number of evening concerts by Beaumaris band and other music and theatre groups. Adults £3.60, Family Ticket £10.40 - admits 2 adults and up to 3 children under 16 years. edit
- Courthouse from 1614- Courthouse held trials for some of Anglesey's most nefarious crimnals. People can learn how the court worked back in 1614 as well as see some of the artifacts a Judge would have used.(5) A cool place for people of all ages to enjoy what would have happened to them if they were a criminal, lawyer, judge, or part of a jury in the 1600's. Follow up with visit to gaol, ask for combined ticket at courthouse.
- Puffin Island and Menai Straits Cruises and Sea Fishing Trips, Beaumaris Pier, Beaumaris, Anglesey LL58 8BS (Booking kiosks are next to Beaumaris Pier), ☎ +44 1248 810251 ([email protected]), . Cruises to Puffin Island daily (Easter to October) starting at 11:00 then every 90 minutes, to Menai Bridge every Thursday evening (June-September and special evening Cliffs and Quarries cruise every Tuesday evening (June-September); booking kiosk by pier open 09:30 daily, group bookings welcome and special cruises can be arranged. Fewer cruises outside school holidays. Fishing trips daily, times vary, contact for times.. Puffin Island cruises take approx 70-75 minutes and take in the scenery along the Straits, birds (including puffins, guillemots, shags, cormorants, kittiwakes, razorbills, etc.) and grey seal colony. Menai Straits cruises last about an hour and take in Bangor Pier, fabulous houses along banks of the Straits and Telford's famous suspension bridge in Menai Bridge. Cliffs and quarries cruises last about 90-100 minutes and take in Puffin Island (with all its birds and wildlife), historic quarries, spectacular cliffs and archaeological sites with increased chances of seeing dolphins, porpoise and peregrine falcon. Fishing trips last 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 hours (or longer) and the catch varies according to trip length, tides and time of year; catch reports regularly posted on website and Facebook. All cruises and shorter fishing trips are family friendly, visit website for full access statement. Puffin Island or Menai Straits cruise -- Adults £8.50, Concessions £7.50, Children £6.50, Family ticket £27 (covers 2 adults/2 children under 16 years, additional children £6); Combined Menai Straits and Puffin Island cruises save at least 20% on individual tickets when booked together; Cliffs and Quarries cruise -- Adults £10, Concessions £9, Children £8, Family ticket £32.50 (covers 2 adults/2 children under 16 years, additional children £7.50); Children under 3 travel for free on all cruises. Concessions apply for senior citizens (60+), students, military personnel and NHS/Police/Fire Service staff. Check website for fishing trip prices.. edit
- SS Mary & Nicholas Parish Church, Chruch St. 10:00-16:00. Construction on the parish church of SS Mary and Nicolas was commenced back in the 14th century at the same time as the castle and town walls but has been subject to much renovation since, most recently in the 1950s when the tower was strengthened. The church is open during the day to wonder round and access is via the south door. Just inside this door you will find the tomb of Princess Joan, wife of Llywelyn the Great and illegitimate daughter of King John of England. There is also a stand with information leaflets which you can follow as a 'guided tour' of the church. Be warned, the church yard gates are locked at about 17:00 each day. Free, donations welcome. edit
- Puffin Island cruises aboard Cerismar, Beaumaris Pier. Cruises from Beaumaris to Puffin Island. Recently under new management who are revamping the cruise schedule, details via their Facebook page (search Cerismar). edit
- Beaumaris Gaol, Bunkers Hill (Directly opposite church tower. Signposted from Bishopsgate House Hotel). Old gaol for the county of Anglesey, designed by Joseph Hansom and opened in 1832. During its years as a gaol was the scene of two executions, both public from the gallows still visible high on east-facing wall. Following closure as gaol, was home to the town's police station and then health centre before opening as a museum. Home to the last working treadmill for those under sentence of hard labour. Takes about an hour to visit. Joint tickets available with courthouse. edit
Today, Beaumaris offers vacationers sight seeing activities, shopping, catching a football match on one of the T.V.'s in one of the local pubs, go on a golf outting at one of the local courses,as well as just take sometime to relax.
There are plenty of little shops to venture in and out of in Beaumaris most are located on Castle Street or in the Market Square. Stop in one of the bakeries for a quick snack and make a day of it. Just be sure that you do not spend all your money in one place.
- Pretty Things of Beaumaris, The Market Square, ☎ 01248 810 101 (fax: 01248 811 111), . edit
- The WardRobe, 42. Castle St, ☎ 01248 811713, . Three floors of boutique attire for women and children. edit
- The Wishing Well, Castle St. Great shop to buy souvenirs or gifts for people back home. edit
- The Penny Farthing, (opposite the George & Dragon Hotel). Sweets, chocolates and candy shop. edit
- Ye Old Bull's Head Inn, Castle St, ☎ 01248 810329, . Good quality meals in a contemporary setting. There's a more formal upstairs restaurant as well as the downstairs Brasserie. Bilingual staff and menus. edit
- White Lion Hotel, located at Castle Square, Beaumaris has fantastic food and a lovely staff. The food is not very expensive yet you can definetely fill up after a day of touring.
- Castle Bakery, Castle St. Tasty fresh baked treats! edit
- Central Bakery, Margaret St (Up sidestreet next to Bishopsgate House Hotel or down Margaret St from Post Office). Amazingly good breads, pies, savouries, cakes, pastries, sandwiches and rolls; also sell selection of cold drinks. edit
- Ye Old Bull's Head Inn. Pub.
- White Lion Hotel. Pub.
- Liverpool Arms Hotel. Pub. Weekly quiz on Friday evening starting at 21:00 (check with venue as doesn't happen every week). Sunday carvery excellent value.
- George & Dragon Hotel. Pub. Weekly quiz on Sunday evening starting at 21:00.
- Ye Old Bull's Head Inn. See 'eat' section above. This inn also offers excellent accommodation. edit
- Cleifiog B&B. Very nice little Bed and Breakfast. One can see Snowdonia and the B&B is close to the center of town. This place is a bit more expensive but the price is worth it for the accommodations it offers. edit
- White Lion Hotel, Castle Square, ☎ 01248 810589 ([email protected]). Double or Twin £69 per night. editThe rooms are not anything spectacular but it is nice enough to rest in for a night or two before reembarking on your travels.
- Bold Arms Hotel, Church St, ☎ 01248 810313 ([email protected]). Offers a beer garden, pub food, and B&B style rooms. edit(5)
- George & Dragon Hotel, Church St, ☎ 01248 810491. checkout: ""price="US$11-20". The hotel was built in 1410, offers great pub food, and an authentic bar feel. edit(5)