Average time spent – 1.5 hours.
Things to do at Beaumaris Castle review
Beaumaris Castle on Anglesey, North, Wales, is named the Greatest Castle that was never built. It was actually built and there is a lot still standing today. It was just never finished. It was the last of the royal strongholds created by Edward I in Wales. This was to be their crowning glory, the castle to end all castles.
They built a large symmetrical castle with a moat with access to the sea. They even included 300 arrow loopholes. A lot of the walls never reached their full height but they are there and even now they are still relatively high.
You enter the castle via a bridge across the moat and through the main gate. There are so few castles still with water in their moat, it is lovely to see and very picturesque. You can walk around half of the outer wall. There are some lovely views looking down to the moat and across to the countryside.
You can also explore the interior walls and buildings where there is a small room showing a film on a loop about the castle. If you head to the far end and go up the right-hand steps you can explore the interior rooms and corridors. There’s even a small chapel with stained glass windows.
If you are feeling adventurous there’s another wall walk. This one is accessed via the top left corner in the picture below. It goes a lot higher than the outer walls. In the centre is an incomplete or possibly ruined building where you can look in some rooms (with no roof).
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
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Eating – There is no cafe on-site but the castle is in the heart of the village with plenty of cafes and pubs.
Facilities in brief – A picturesque castle still with water in its moat. You can walk the walls and explore a few remaining rooms and corridors. There are no toilets but there are some public toilets nearby.
Entry price – *FREE for members of Cadw Wales or cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of Cadw Wales or cheap. An adult ticket is £6.50, children age 5-17 are £3.90. Other pricing options are available. There is also a huge car park opposite (between the castle and the sea) with hundreds of space for just £4.00 all-day parking
Opening: Beaumaris is open for most of the year but currently still closed on Thursday and Friday. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome on a lead on the ground floor level.
Information on accessibility – There are 2 dedicated disabled parking spaces on roadside adjacent to visitor centre. Access is level from visitor centre into site via pathway and small bridge. Majority of grounds are on level grassed lawns.
Address: Castle St, Beaumaris LL58 8AP, North Wales. Phone: 01248 810361
Category – Castle – Mostly outdoors – Suitable for all ages.