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Overview

Fortress of near-perfect symmetry is an unfinished masterpiece

Beaumaris on the island of Anglesey is famous as the greatest castle never built. It was the last of the royal strongholds created by Edward I in Wales – and perhaps his masterpiece.

Here Edward and his architect James of St George took full advantage of a blank canvas: the ‘beau mareys’ or ‘beautiful marsh’ beside the Menai Strait. By now they’d already constructed the great castles of Conwy, Caernarfon and Harlech. This was to be their crowning glory, the castle to end all castles.

The result was a fortress of immense size and near-perfect symmetry. No fewer than four concentric rings of formidable defences included a water-filled moat with its very own dock. The outer walls alone bristled with 300 arrow loops.

But lack of money and trouble brewing in Scotland meant building work had petered out by the 1320s. The south gatehouse and the six great towers in the inner ward never reached their intended height. The Llanfaes gate was barely started before being abandoned.

So the distinctive squat shape of Beaumaris tells of a dream that never quite came true. Still it takes its rightful place on the global stage as part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I World Heritage Site.

Because this castle is special – both for the scale of its ambition and beauty of its proportions. Gloriously incomplete Beaumaris is perhaps the supreme achievement of the greatest military architect of the age.

Read more about Beaumaris Castle here


Opening times

Daily 9.30am – 5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 9.30am – 6pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 9.30am – 5pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Daily 10am – 4pm

Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January


Prices

Category Price
Members - Join now
Free
Adult
£7.30
Family*
£21.20
Disabled and companion
Free
Juniors (Aged 5-17) / NUS / Armed Forces and Veterans
4.40
Seniors (Aged 65+)
£5.80

*Admits 2 adults and up to 3 children 

All children under 5 receive free entry


Facilities

Digital trail icon Disabled access icon Dogs welcome icon Exhibition icon Gift shop icon Guidebook icon No drones icon No smoking icon Picnic tables icon Portable hearing icon School visits icon Venue hire icon Wi-Fi icon

Digital trails available on the Cadw app.

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.

Dogs on leads welcome to access ground floor levels of the site.

On-site exhibition within monument.

Gift shop at this site offering a range of products and guidebooks.

Site guidebook available to purchase online and in selected visitor centres.

Cadw do not allow drone flying from or over its guardianship sites, except by contractors commissioned for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and are operating under controlled conditions.

Smoking is not permitted.

Picnic tables on site.

Bread is harmful to the birds; please do not feed bread products to the wildlife.

A portable induction loop is available.

To book your free self-led education visit to this site, follow these simple steps in our self-led education visits section.

While you're there, check out our free learning resources to help with your time travel adventure!

 

This site is available to hire for events, filming and exhibitions.

Cadw free public WiFi available at this site.


Directions

Road
A545 (Menai Bridge) A5 (Bangor).
Rail
15km/9mls Bangor, Crewe-Bangor/Holyhead route.
Bus
Ena’s 100m/110yards, routes 53/57/58 Bangor-Beaumaris-Llandonna/Penmon
Bike
NCN Route No.5 (5km/3mls).

Postcode LL58 8AP

For further information, please contact: Traveline Cymru on 0800 464 0000 or National Rail Enquiries on 03457 48 49 50.


Contact us

Telephone 01248 810361

Email
beaumaris.castle@gov.wales

Address
Beaumaris Castle
Castle St, Beaumaris LL58 8AP