PLACES TO VISIT - BEAUMARIS
This beautiful seaside resort is one of the most popular places to stay and visit on Anglesey. Beaumaris has so much to offer as far as attractions, quaint shops and great food. Beaumaris has its own amazing castle, Gaol, Old court house, Pier, where the kids (and parents) love to fish for crabs, and you can even catch a boat trip from the Pier to the near by Puffin Island to see the seals, Puffins and you might even see the local dolphins if you are very lucky!
Accommodation in Beaumaris and surrounding area is excellent, and also of a high standard. The Bulkeley hotel, a grade 1 listed building has some excellent views of the Menai Strait, Victorian Pier and the magnificent Snowdonia mountains.
Beaumaris has its outside pool, medium in size next to the Pier, which is about knee height depth to keep the kids cool on those hot summer days. Shops in this pretty town are plentiful and good quality too, clothing shops like Fat Face and Cole & Co can be found. Places to eat are also plentiful as well, a good choice of restaurants, bistro’s, excellent fish and chip shop and an Italian too.
Beaumaris town is probably most famous for it’s Castle which was started in 1295 by King James I. This outstanding fortress is a World Heritage inscribed site and is in the care of CADW. Technically it was almost impossible to penetrate due to its walls within walls and three walled design.
Due to finances being stretched the castle at Beaumaris was never finished. Definitely a must to see if your visiting Beaumaris.
Beaumaris pier was built in 1846 nearly 170 years ago, and was originally built to allow pleasure steamers to drop off and pick up passengers. When first built it was constructed from concrete and stone, but in 1872 it was rebuilt taking on a the classical Victorian style and shape we still know today.
Beaumaris Pier is free to walk on and is a great place to see the promenade and sea front, at high tide, during summer you will see dozens of children and parents alike crab fishing.
Catch one of the pleasure boats from Beaumaris Pier on a trip to Puffin Island, giving you the chance to sea and experience nature and wildlife in its natural habitat. The opportunity to see beautiful Puffins, Grey Seals and quite often Dolphins.
You can also take a Rib up the Menai Strait under the two bridges, the Menai Suspension and The Britannia Bridge.
Beaumaris Gaol and Court
Beaumaris Gaol was built in 1829. In 1867 it was expanded so it could accommodate approximate 30 inmates, but closed 11 years later. After it closed it was used as a police station until early 1950, then it was a children’s clinic and then a museum in 1974.
The courthouse in Beaumaris is one of the oldest in Great Britain, over 400 years old it saw crimes from the smallest right through to murder.
Beaumaris has had a lifeboat station for 104 years now (2018). On the 23rd September 2014 Beaumaris celebrated a fantastic 100 years of lifesaving history. Beaumaris has its own slip way for launching small water craft like Jet Ski’s and small dinghy’s.
Menai Strait Sailing Regatta
Beaumaris has a long and traditional connection with sailing and the sea. Not only is it the home of the Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, but the RAYC also hosts the annual Menai Strait Reggattas usually held over the last week of July and first in August, when sailing boats from many sailing clubs including West Kirby Sailing Club on the Wirral come to enjoy the fortnight of racing, which can be very interesting if the wind blows.
In 2015 Beaumaris was lucky enough to be the starting place for the round Britain cycling tour this is the second time it has been involved, in 2014 it saw the start of the second stage of the tour.
Beaumaris is easy to get to from menai bridge when traveling by car simply follow signs for Beaumaris (A545) or traveling from Benllech simply follow signs for the B5109. Buses in the summer are fairly regular. Check bus time tables at local bus stops.
The Postcode for Beaumaris is LL58 8BS