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Beaumaris Castle

In architectural terms Beaumaris is the most technically perfect castle in Britain. Its ingenious and perfectly symmetrical concentric 'walls within walls' design, involve no less than four successive lines of fortifications, and was state of the art for the late 13th century.
 
A gate next-the-sea entrance protected the tidal dock which allowed supply ships to sail right up to the castle.  There is so much to see here, the 14 separate major obstacles that any attacker would have to overcome, the hundreds of cleverly sited arrow-slits, the deadly use of 'murder holes' to defend entrances.
 
Begun in 1295, Beaumaris was the last of all the great castles in Wales. King Edward I st's military architect, the brilliant James of St George, brought all his experience and inspiration to bear when building this castle, the biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.

The stronghold stands at one end of Castle Street, inextricably linked with the history of the town. This was the 'beau marais' (fair marsh) that Edward chose for a castle and garrison town.
 
From the outside, Beaumaris appears almost handsome. It sits in a scenic setting overlooking mountains and the sea, partially surrounded by a water filled moat.

Beaumaris Castle Address:
Castle Street
Anglesey
LL58 8AP
Wales, UK

Beaumaris Castle Opening Times:
1st April to 31st May, 9.30am – 5.00pm, daily
1st June to 30th September, 9.30am - 6.00pm, daily
1st - 31st October, 9.30am – 5.00pm, daily
1st November to 31st March, 9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday, 11.00am - 4.00pm Sunday

Closed: 24th to 26th December and 1st January
Last admission half an hour before closing

Beaumaris Castle Admission:
Adults £3.50
Reduced rate £3.00.
Family Ticket (2 adults and upto 3 chidren under 16 years) £10.00

T  +44 (0)1248 810361

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