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Beaumaris Castle

Castle Street, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey LL58 8AP
1614 A545 Beaumaris Wales LL58 8DA GB
01248 81036101248 810361

The most technically perfect castle in Britain has few equals. Dare we say it, an absolute cracker of a castle with classic proportions and perfect symmetry. The last hurrah of Edward I’s massive building programme in north Wales… just a shame he never got round to finishing it!

With finances stretched to the limit and the Scots now increasingly effective in their resistance to the English monarch, his vice-like grip on Wales was beginning to slip. Edward or ‘Longshanks’, on account of his extraordinary height, was forced to focus his attention elsewhere and the rest is, quite literally, history…

Technically perfect and constructed according to an ingenious ‘walls within walls’ plan, Beaumaris Castle was the 13th-century hi-tech equivalent of a spaceship landing unceremoniously on Anglesey today.

You can usually complain if a neighbour’s extension plans are a bit on the large side. Seven centuries ago the problem was resolved rather differently. The population of Llanfaes was forcibly moved 12 miles (19km) away to Newborough to make way for Edward’s new castle. Want to create a fuss? You’d probably be better off keeping your head down…or risk losing it!

Opening Times:
Daily 9:30 – 5:00pm Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January

Costs:
Adult – £5.25
Family – £15.75*
Senior citizens, students and children under 16 – £3.90
Disabled and companion – Am ddim/Free

Photo Credits: © Crown copyright (2015) Cadw

For further information please visit: http://www.cadw.gov.wales