Beaumaris tourist information & travel guide
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Beaumaris tourist guide
The town of Beaumaris on the Eastern corner of Anglesey is reknown for its castle, the largest and last castle built by Edward I in Wales. Constructed on the 'beautiful marsh'- from where it gets its name - while it has six quite large inner towers, it was not only never completed, but never actually saw much action during its working lifetime. It is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and very worthy of a visit for a picnic and to walk around its magnificent concentric medieval structure.
The town was originally a Viking settlement and one of the most important Saxon ports in the ancient days of the UK. Latterly, it became the main centre of trade and commerce in Anglesey during the reign of Edward I. The town is steeped in history and heritage, reflected by the ancient buildings still standing in the town today - buildings such as the courthouse dating back to 1614; one of the oldest original timber-frame buildings in the UK, the Tudor Rose dating back to the 14th Century and the Bulls Head Inn from 1472.
Unusually for a relatively small town, there is a pier, originally opened in 1846, and a busy place today for all manner of pleasure boats.
The town features lovely traditional shops, cafés, restaurants and inns. Here you'll find recognisable modern-day stores sitting side-by-side with family-owned and managed independent boutiques and shops selling a range of both locally produced and other Welsh-produced food, clothing and memorabilia.
If you want to step back in time, one of the most ancient villages in Wales just to the north of the town, Llanfaes, dating back to the early 9th Century.
Llangefni, Anglesey's administrative centre, is a bustling market town located in the centre of the island, and offers a good range of shops and places to eat. The market is held on three days a week. Unusually, it has a nature reserve right in the centre of the town which the kids will enjoy. Anglesey's main art gallery is located just outside the town and features the best local artists as well as visiting exhibitions from around the country and from abroad.
Llanddeusant located about 16 km (10 miles) north east of Holyhead features Anglesey's only working windmill, Llynnon Mill, dating back to 1775, now open to the public and a very unique visitor attraction.
There is a small 'tidal' island off the West Coast of Anglesey which you can visit at low tide. The famous 18th Century St Cwyfan's church - the church in the sea - was originally located on the mainland until erosion created the island. It's a great and rather unusual day out.