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“Beaumaris Castle”
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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.
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“Beaumaris Castle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2013

The Castle is interesting, however, the information provide is old fashioned--no interactivity. The experience needs to be brought up to date

Visited June 2013
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“Fascinating Historical Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

Beaumaris Castle is a must-see when visiting the Isle of Anglesey. It was very easy to get to, and was a once-in-a-lifetime, fascinating experience. We paid $3 for a full day of parking by the Menai Strait. From there it was a 5-minute walk to get to the castle itself. There was an entry fee to enter the grounds, and it was well worth it. We certainly got our money's worth. We were able to walk around the castle's grounds, cross the moat (which is actually full of water, unlike other castles we've visited) and enter the castle. We strolled around the castle, exploring every nook and cranny, for over two hours, and could have kept strolling around it for longer but we were getting hungry for lunch. You can climb the various staircases around the castle and walk up on top of the walls, which makes it very easy to imagine what the soldiers would have seen from hundreds of years ago, and it also provided lots of great views and a chance for lots of wonderful photographs. There were several plaques around the castle which gave some great historical and educational insight, as well as a walkthrough 'exhibition' on the castle grounds, which provided further insight in to the castle and its history. Very, very interesting. There was also a guest-book to sign in the exhibition. There was another little room with some videos to watch, but I didn't really enjoy that so much. The video seemed a bit 'eccentric' and I didn't fully understand it; there were no words spoken, just strange music and wacky visuals. Maybe it just wasn't to my taste. Everything else was great though. We bought some souvenirs from the gift-shop. We had a really great time, and I'm sure we will be the envy of all our friends in Canada who have never seen such history. Highly recommended. If you are in the area and want to see a castle, I would highly recommend Beaumaris.

Visited June 2013
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Bolton
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“Fab castle!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

This is great for an explore, unlike most castles you can go up lots of stairs in different areas and walk around the top wall and also the inner wall,
Plenty of room to walk around, you never feel like your just surrounded by other tourists, really enjoyed it and would highly recommend to anyone

Visited June 2013
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Herentals, Antwerpen, Belgium
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“Blueprint of the perfect fortress”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Edward I ordered the construction of Beaumaris castle in 1295. It was to become the strongest royal fortress in Wales.

Beaumaris castle was never completed due to lack of funds. Apart from the buildings in the inner ward (slighted in the seventeenth century) what you see today is what was actually built.

The fortress has no skyline because its great towers lack their upper floors and its turrets were never even started.

Nevertheless here are seven reasons why I warmly recommend including Beaumaris castle in your North Wales itinerary :

An excellent guidebook can be purchased at the ticket office annex giftshop.

The inner ward of the fortress is secured by no less than fifteen obstacles, including a drawbridge, a barbican, five two-leaved doors, three portcullises, murder holes and arrow loops.

The north gatehouse would have looked grandiose if completed. Nevertheless, even lacking its top floor its massive size is impressive.

A whole network of passages is built into the inner ward curtain at first floor. These corridors link the great towers and provide access to latrines.

The chapel is another highlight, even devoid of its medieval color and fittings. It is preceded by a vestibule and lobbies and flanked by watching chambers.

The outer ward of the castle is remarkably intact. Originally it offered defenders almost three hundred firing positions at tree levels !

Beaumaris castle has its own dock, protected by a gunners walk with catapult. At high tide ships could unload their merchandise straight into the outer ward.

Visited May 2013
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“Magical floodlit castle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

A visit to Beaumaris Castle gives an insight into King Edward's attempts to extensively fortify Wales. Although the castle was never completed it is fascinating to see the moat where the tide used to reach and the rings where the ships used to tie up bringing building materials to the Castle.

If possible visit the Castle during the hours of darkness during the summer months and view it floodlit. It is truly magical.

Visited June 2013
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