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I have just had a wonderful day at Beaumaris in Anglesey. The weather was fantastic with plenty of sunshine and a cool sea breeze. We first drove down the main street to the large car park opposite the castle. It was very easy to find and park. We then wondered back along the main road to look at the different shops on route. We also noticed a doll's museum, the old court house and of course the magnificant medieval castle, which was started to be built in 1295!There is a good range of shops to wonder round and plenty of places to eat. However the highlight of the day was crab fishing off the pier. All the equipment needed, reel and bucket can be bought in the local shops and the butcher provides a variety of bait including squid. It is so much fun to do but also interesting to watch. The scenery is lovely and just to sit and watch the boats and yachts sail by is very relaxing. There is also a small beach and paddling pools for younger members of the family. A great day out will definitely go again.
Beaumaris is a beautiful historic town situated on the Isle of Anglesey. It is most well known for its medieval castle, victorian pier and Jail and Courthouse.
On arrival in Beaumaris you will see what a quaint little town it is with beautifully painted houses on the sides of the lanes. There is a large car park in the town which from memory I think is about £2 to £3 to park there for the day.
There is plenty to do there considering it is such a small town and there is a good selection of shops, restaurants and public houses within the town. The large victorian pier is a favourite with families and on a summers day you will find many people crab fishing from the sides of the pier. There are also numerous boat rides available from the pier which take you on various tours including trips around Puffin Island.
The castle is accessible for visitors and if you live in wales and want to attend with children, the organisation CADW now offers free admission to children when you pre apply through their website. I believe this offer also extends to the elderly also but it is best to check before visiting and apply at least 2 weeks beforehand if you require a free pass.
The jail is great fun, if a little spooky. I believe the TV series Most Haunted visited the site a couple of years ago. It is really interesting and you can also have an audio tour if you require.
Close to the pier is also a park and an outdoor swimming pool which is very busy in the summer. There is a lifeboat station too on hand to assist the many sailing boats and jetskis that set off from here.
If you are in Anglesey it is definitely a place worth visiting and is a great day out for people of all ages.
Beaumaris is an historic seaside town on the island of Anglesey. The town is compact, pretty, and has a lot to see and do for a family day out.
Despite being a seaside town, it's not a tacky resort. There's no arcades or stalls selling tat. Instead, there's a small beach, a lovely Victorian pier, a castle, some nice pubs shops and restaurants, and a gaol to put the kids in if they're naughty (that's not true actually, the gaol won't take kids in; I asked).
Beaumaris is a lovely little town. The streets are small and narrow, and the architecture is a dazzling mix of Medieval, Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian. This may sound messy, but it isn't, it works. It gives the place a calm, friendly, peaceful air. Even on a busy summer's day, Beaumaris always appears relaxing; it's my kind of place.
As well as the town to look at, there are, of course, stunning views across the Menai Straits, with the high peaks of Snowdonia dominating the skyline. To the North, there's the small humped shape of Puffin Island. If you pick a nice day, you'll be in for a lovely time.
Beaumaris is justifiably famous for its castle. Built by Edward I as part of his 'iron ring' to keep the Welsh in line, it has an ingenious, symmetrical, 'walls within walls' design. The castle also has a link to the sea, the idea being that the defenders could be resupplied by ship if needed.
If you like castles, this is well worth visiting. There's a small charge for entry, of course (a family ticket costs just £10.70). Inside the castle, there's lots for the kids to explore, whilst the adults reflect on the deadly nature of the castle defences with its arrow slits and 'murder holes' arranged to pour death down on any attackers.
The walls of the castle have passage ways running through them. These are narrow and dark (and can be slippery), and the stairs to the tower tops need care to negotiate. Once you're at the top, however, you'll feel 'king of the castle'. The views from the top across the town and beyond are stunning.
Back at ground level, there's a large grassy area in the centre of the castle, ideal for picnics or just a rest (if you've travelled the entire route through the castle walls, you WILL be tired!).
The pier at Beaumaris is worth a look. It's not massive, but the clever Victorian ironwork is impressive nonetheless (why is it that the Victorians could make anything they built look attractive? We seem to have lost that skill now). It stretches out towards the mainland and at the end has sheltered benches to sit on and enjoy the view.
The best bit about the pier is crab fishing! You can buy a simple crab fishing rig from the little shop at the end of the pier; this consists of a line, weight, and smelly bait. The idea is to lower the bait to the bottom and wait until a crab attaches itself to the bait. The trick is to raise the crab quickly but smoothly so that it does not let go until you've got it onto the pier. Hours of fun for the kids with the adults 'supervising'!
The best part of my family's visits to Beaumaris are, however, the boat trips around Puffin Island. There are two boat companies; they offer sea fishing trips, and a trip up the Menai Straits, but my family and I always take the 1 hour tour around Puffin Island (cost £5.00).
This guided tour takes you around the island, with the guide giving a talk about the history of the island as well as pointing out the wildlife that's all around. There's a grey seal colony on the island and you'll get the chance to get close to some of these impressive creatures. A big bull can be over six foot long and weigh over 600lb (it is in fact, Britain's largest mammal).
If you visit in early summer, you'll see that Puffin Island is alive with breeding sea birds. Kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, shags (the bird!), and, of course, puffins all breed here. The boat gets close to their cliff colonies and the birds should be fishing in the sea in front of you. The noise and activity is impressive and well worth visiting Beaumaris for this alone.
I've had quite a few happy days at Beaumaris over the years. On a nice sunny summer's day, there's few better places in the area to take the family. We always return home tired but happy with some lovely memories.
If you prefer the quieter sort of seaside town, I can highly recommend a trip to Beaumaris.
While we were in Anglesey we visited the town of Beaumaris, principally because I wanted to mooch around the castle! I just love wandering around ruined castles and trying to imagine what happened there years before. Anyway when we got to Beaumaris we found that there’s much more to the town than just a castle. So I thought I’d better tell you about it. Beaumaris is on the far west of the island of Anglesey about 5 miles from the Menai Bridge along the A545. It is also accessible by catching a train to Bangor or Holyhead and then a bus from there to Beaumaris. I will start with the castle, as that is where we started on our fist of two visits to the town during the week of our holiday. I was impressed straight away as the entry charge was only £2.50 for adults and £2 for senior citizens – and you all know how I like a bargain! Edward I built the castle in 1925 as the last one in the ‘iron ring’ of North Wales, but it was never finished. Now a World Heritage inscribed site it stands at the end of Castle Street and is still partially surrounded by the water filled moat, now home to ducks and swans! Part of the moat used to be linked to the sea so that ships could sail right up to the castle. Although the castle is in ruins you can still see all the fortifications that made it ‘state of the art’ for its time. It has four concentric walls forming part of 14 major obstacles that a potential attacker would have to overcome to gain entry. These included arrow slits and murder holes above the entrances – bring on the boiling oil! Sorry about that, I do like to get into the feel of it all! We climbed up on to a walkway in between two of the walls, which opened out onto the occasional ledge for shooting at the attackers. Dave climbed right up on the top and walked round but I was a bit nervous about that so I stayed on terra firma! What a wuss! We spent about three-quarters o
f an hour wandering round the castle so we thought that the entrance price was very good value. The next stop after the castle was the Spinning Wheel Tea Rooms on the opposite corner of the street. Here we had a lovely cup of tea and, although we didn’t try any, the cakes in the display cabinet looked yummy! Dave and I decided to have a look round the Museum of Childhood Memories, advertised as ‘ a treasure house of joyful nostalgia’. Sadly we were quite disappointed, as the last two museums of this type that we had visited, on the Isle of Skye and in Essex, had both contained a lot of things which we had remembered from our childhood. This one only contained the sort of things that our parents and grandparents would have played with in their childhood days. It was interesting, but for me not worth the £4.50. On leaving the museum we met up with mom and dad again and decided to head off somewhere else for a meal, agreeing to return later in the week, when the weather had improved, to go on the boat trip around Puffin Island. The weather did improve as the week progressed so we returned to Beaumaris on Thursday. First of all we parked in the car park by the sea, near to the castle. I had got the OS Landranger map of the area and had found a footpath heading north over a small cliff and back again along the road. We all enjoyed the walk and then headed back to the Spinning Wheel Tea Rooms – I told you the tea was nice there! Mom isn’t too keen on water and boats in general so she declined the trip around Puffin Island and went for a walk round on her own. Dave, dad and I went at a cost of £4 each. The trip lasted about an hour and was well worth the money. There was a commentary on board to inform us of the various places of interest and to alert us to the different birds once we got to Puffin Island. The Island is a regular home to at least 12 different species of sea bird and we saw
cormorants, guillemots, various gulls and of course the puffins. There is a pair of peregrine falcons nesting on the island too, but we weren’t lucky enough to see them! We had some lunch in the town and then walked round the gift shops, There is a gaol from 1862 and courthouse dating back to 1614 in Beaumaris near to the castle, but we didn’t actually visit these so I can’t give you any more information. All in all I thought that Beaumaris was definitely worth a visit (or two!). It is a lovely town with plenty of things to see and do, and plenty of tea shops and pubs to keep you fed and watered – what more can you ask for?