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Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle is one of Wales' six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, despite never having been finished. The 700-year-old fortifications here were highly advanced for their time and still look formidable today, even when dwarfed by the mountainous backdrop of Snowdonia National Park.

Edward I ordered the construction of Beaumaris Castle in 1295 as a royal palace on the Isle of Anglesey. It is one of a series of forts around North Wales that the medieval monarch called his "iron ring". It sits on the edge of the town of Beaumaris, overlooking the Menai Strait, and is regarded as one of the most technically outstanding castles of its age.

Beaumaris Castle has two sets of perfectly symmetrical concentric walls and is surrounded by a moat for good measure. It was designed by the king's military architect, James of St George. A lack of money meant it never reached full height, but any visitor will surely agree that it is a masterpiece.

The fort was briefly occupied by Welsh forces in 1403, but was recaptured by royalists just two years later. It then served as a defensive stronghold for the Cavaliers during the English Civil War, from 1642 until 1646, when they surrendered to the Roundheads.

Today, visitors can fully explore the castle's many nooks and crannies, and discover its awesome defensive fortifications for themselves. A new visitor centre helps tell the story of Beaumaris and brings its history to life.


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Bishopsgate House Hotel £90
Bishopsgate House Hotel

Bishopsgate House Hotel

54 Castle Street, Beaumaris, Wales
     
    2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Beaumaris, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Red Wharf Bay. St Tysilio's Church and Menai Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    The Bulkeley Hotel £90
    The Bulkeley Hotel

    The Bulkeley Hotel

    19 Castle Street, Beaumaris, Wales
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Beaumaris, this beach hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Red Wharf Bay. St Tysilio's Church and Menai Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      The Bull - Beaumaris £105
      The Bull - Beaumaris

      The Bull - Beaumaris

      Castle Street, Beaumaris, Wales
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the sea, this luxury inn is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Red Wharf Bay. St Tysilio's Church and Menai Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Castle Court £70
        Castle Court

        Castle Court

        Castle Square, Beaumaris, Wales
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Beaumaris, this guesthouse is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and St Tysilio's Church. Menai Bridge and Red Wharf Bay are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Castle View
          Castle View

          Castle View

          2 Tyn Y Gongl, Beaumaris, Wales
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Beaumaris, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and St Tysilio's Church. Menai Bridge and Red Wharf Bay are also within 6 miles (10 km).

            Amelie Cottage
            Amelie Cottage

            Amelie Cottage

            34 Rating Row, Beaumaris, Wales
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Beaumaris, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Red Wharf Bay. St Tysilio's Church and Menai Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).

              Chauntry Crow's Nest
              Chauntry Crow's Nest

              Chauntry Crow's Nest

              Crow's Nest, Chauntry House, The Green, Beaumaris, Wales
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Beaumaris, this cottage is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and St Tysilio's Church. Red Wharf Bay and Menai Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                The Cottage at Wylan Hall
                The Cottage at Wylan Hall

                The Cottage at Wylan Hall

                Wylan Hall Llanddona, Beaumaris, Wales
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Beaumaris, this cottage is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Beaumaris Castle and within 6 miles (10 km) of Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens and Red Wharf Bay. St Tysilio's Church and Menai Bridge are also within 6 miles (10 km).