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“Croeso i Fiwmares castell”
Review of Beaumaris Castle

Beaumaris Castle
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Beaumaris
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Owner description: A World Heritage Site, Beaumaris Castle has a perfect concentric design, is surrounded by a water moat, and has stunning views over the Menai straits and Snowdonia mountain range.
Morecambe, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Croeso i Fiwmares castell”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

In the beautiful town of Beaumaris(Biwmares), on the Isle of Anglesy, is a wonderful example of 13-14 century castle. Built as part of Edward I's campaign to conquer the north Wales. Building began in 1295 but, due to lack of funds, work stopped. Building recommenced but finally ceased around 1330. Although the castle is incomplete, it has much to savour, and by walking the wards and walls the visitor will have an idea of how fortresses worked. Near the main gate is a small area, now closed off, where ships, some carrying many tons of supplies, docked. The views of the town and countryside, from the battlements, is magnificent! After the visit, or before(!), there is the town which has a number of cafes and other holstelries! A visit, to this wonderful castle, town and island, should be in everyones list of visits or holiday plans. Enjoy!

Visited September 2012
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Llanddulas, United Kingdom
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“Big,beautiful...but lacking.”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

This impressive,imposing castle with its beautiful location and marvellous symmetry of design/construction is good on the eye but very difficult to actually explore - yes,you can access the walls and circumnavigate the castle from a height that offers fabulous views of the Menai Straights and Snowdonia,BUT the walk-ways are constructed with large pebbles/cobbles set in and standing very proud of cement-very uneven underfoot and treacherous when wet if you have problems with your balance,vision,lower limbs/joints. Trying to walk around the inner courtyards etc is particularly unpleasant in the wet as everywhere is grassed and has NO all-weather footpaths. For such a striking attraction,it is seriously lacking in story-boards/info panels...its only exhibition area was extremely cramped and poorly laid out. Needs some serious upgrading to fulfil its potential.

Visited October 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Well preserved castle. Needs facilities.”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

The castle itself in in a extremely picturesque location with stunning views across the Straits to hills of Snowdonia and the Ormes of Llandudno. The moat gives it a classic castle appearance. Access to all areas is very good, though half of the outer ward wall walk is now closed for safety reasons. However, you can still walk the scarily high inner ward wall and along, fully enclosed corridors run the full length of the wall interiors. There is also an interpretation display in one ground floor room, but not interpretation boards in the various rooms, towers, etc, as there are at Historic Scotland monuments - you will need a guide book to know what you're looking at.
All the benches to sit on and rest and admire the castle are in the inner ward and there are too few of them. On a busy day, you could well struggle to find somewhere to sit for a cuppa. The gift shop is large and well-stocked. On our visit, the girl attendant was too busy writing something at the back to have the time to ask if we wanted a guide book and rushed back as soon as we'd 'signed in'. I had to interrupt her from talking to her friend and to get her feet off the chair when I later asked where the toilets were.
The only toilets are a council-run 'shed' outside. When we went (Oct.), there was no soap in either ladies or gents and the gents was...well...grubby. I would not want to sit my children in there!
Car parking was £2.50 per day either in the council water-front car-park opposite or behind the childrens play park, which, by the way, was also in need of a clean and maintenance. The slide was useless, some of the rubber matting was protruding up and with 2-inch gaps for tripping on and the baby swings were so close to the uprights, any excited little out-stretched arm could get broken backwards as the swing passed the upright. Call me fussy, but I wouldn't want to spend the rest of my once-a-year holiday nursing my child through A&E.
It's a shame this excellent castle essentially relies on these council facilities to make it a full and fun day out because the council really let the side down.

Visited October 2012
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

It was a bright sunny October day when we decided to visit, it looked very picturesque in the Autumn sunshine the moat setting it off well, and there are lots of areas to investigate.
The Castle history is shown in a small display set out in a room in the walls, and is handy as its sheltered if it rains, otherwise there are not many places to go with a roof if it rains.
The views from the Castle walls are stunning, overall well worth a visit if near Anglesey.

Visited October 2012
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Great fun castle”
Reviewed October 15, 2012

This was a great day out, only £3.80 per adult and was a really interesting walk around. You can climb in and out of the various areas - across the top of the walls, there is a little chapel, a moat which is still there - I would highly recommend if you are in Beaumaris.

Visited October 2012
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