The historic town of Beaumaris is steeped in history and full of life all year round. A playground for those who not only love to sail but also for those who find the draw of the seaside irresistible. The cheerful, multi coloured pastel houses welcome you to Beaumaris – an iconic sight recognised by so many. Located on the South Eastern shore of the Menai Strait, and overlooking the awe inspiring Snowdonia mountains, Beaumaris has been voted one of the most beautiful towns in Wales.
Visit Beaumaris Castle, the finest example of a concentric castle dating back to Edward I – and now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the depths of this unfinished castle, climbing up to the battlements to marvel at the far-reaching views from the parapets. Seen as Edward I’s crowning glory, Beaumaris Castle joined his existing collection of incredible castles – Harlech, Caernarfon and Conwy. All within easy reach to explore from Beaumaris.
Wander along Beaumaris Pier, enjoy the view or challenge others to crabbing – records to be made and closely guarded each year; traditional fun handed on to each generation and just as fun. On windy days, grab a takeaway coffee and sit quietly in the sheltered seats – watch the yachts fight their way through the galloping white horses, racing for the finish line ensuring victory for their crew.
Pop into the Lifeboat Station shop to support the RNLI and their amazing volunteer crews, a great shop for gifts and for Christmas cards. It used to be that on quieter days, the doors to the Beaumaris Lifeboat Station remain open to welcome visitors but this has had to adjust temporarily. Given the chance take a closer look at their Inshore Atlantic 85 and wonder at the bravery of the crew as you read through the painted boards listing their rescues. For now the best time to visit is on training evenings – stand back and watch the boat launch, heading off along the Strait. The pride of Beaumaris town and all who live here.
Drawn by history and the tales that are told, Beaumaris Gaol, built in 1829 by Hansom, is a must see. The guides are excellent and bring the tour to life, making you feel the chilling atmosphere as you are shown the punishing treadmill and hanging gibbet. On days when the guides dress up and stand still, you can get quite a fright!
Look across at the church clock, cursed by Richard Rowlands in 1862 as he protested his innocence. Legend has it that to this day it never tells the correct time but having undergone a recent renovation we have flagged this one as folklore. If you visit Beaumaris Courthouse first you can follow the journey from trial to jail – at over 400 years old this courthouse is one of the oldest in Britain. Step inside and see where criminals were once brought to justice – from petty thieves to murderers, each met their fate. As you explore the town of Beaumaris you may be interested to know one of the oldest house in Wales is on Castle Street – now Joan Hopkin Estate Agents. Pop into Beau’s Tea Rooms to enjoy afternoon tea and plan your next adventure. A friendly tea room that has recently changed hands, once you have done the tour of Beaumaris we feel tea and cake is a guilt free pleasure. We cannot recommend their cakes more highly.
With an abundance of restaurants, pubs and cafes you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out.
Feast on seafood at Dockshack, fish and chips to take away or sit quietly upstairs and enjoy dining out with friends and family. By the pier sits the aptly named Pier House Café, with sea views to enjoy as menus are perused. Breakfast out, a treat to start the day with and fully recommended. Pause mid exploring for a well-deserved ice cream from Redboat – inventive flavours to tickle the taste buds and make you wish for more. Treat yourself to tapas at The Midland Café and Wine Bar – a great atmosphere made perfect with an incredible menu.
Reminders of a happy holiday can easily be found as artisans galore grace these shores. The very essence of Anglesey nurturing their creativity, inspiring those who take the time to observe. Pop into The Exchange in Beaumaris to find a group of local artisans all under one roof, a treasure trove of talent.
Visit Beaumaris Jewellery Studio to marvel over the imagination needed to create such unique pieces. You will often find the owner, Jane, finishing her latest piece to display and she is always more than happy to assist, to guide, to explain. Walk up Church Street to find the Janet Bell Gallery, a local artist who has probably painted most iconic views of Anglesey. Nip across the road and enjoy the scents created by Cole and Co. , ideal gifts for those who haven’t been able to join you on holiday.
Shopping for children is a delight at Tinkers and Belles – engaging books, softer than soft clothing, fun games and more grace the beautifully arranged shelves making you crave your own childhood for a moment or two.
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Explore the Anglesey coastline with boat trips to Puffin Island run by Seacoast Safaris, Seawake or Starida Puffin Island Cruises to spot the tiniest of seabirds flying in such a way that you won’t be able to stop laughing – they really are tiny bundles of happiness. Speed along on Rib Ride, waterproof ponchos to keep you slightly dryer than the sea. Another great idea is to join Psyched Paddleboarding for a day, or for an even more exciting evening, tour of the shore quietly taking in the beauty of the Menai Strait.
Cyclists can celebrate and explore with ease – thanks to Green Lane Bike Tours . Listen to Ellie as she guides you along secret lanes and paths you would may well have left unexplored without local knowledge. The day speeds by on two wheels, with fascinating tales of history as rest stops are taken and lunches eaten.
The possibilities are endless in this seaside town, walk to each location to give your car a rest. Keys at the ready when you are ready to explore further afield – Penmon Lighthouse, Red Wharf Bay and Llanddona Beach are moments away and yet a whole new world away to explore.