Beaumaris is a well known historic town on the Menai Strait with its medieval castle dating back to the reign of Edward I and its Victorian pier, gaol & courthouse. It is also a major centre for yachting and also boasts two golf courses within one mile of the town.
There is a good selection of shops, restaurants and public houses in the town and all local amenities are within easy walking distance of the premises. plans have been approved for the building of a marina just out side the town, this will provide berths for approximately 400 boats, work is planned to commence in the near future.
Beaumaris and the surrounding area do not offer the standard holiday package nor uniformity of experience. This is a place where you can be yourself, a place of nature, of individuality, of uniqueness, a place to relax and enjoy.
A picturesque town whose mixture of Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture is enhanced by breathtaking views of the Menai Strait and the mountains of Snowdonia.
Beaumaris was established by Edward I as the site for the last of his 'iron ring' of castles and other historic buildings include the Courthouse, the Victorian Gaol and the Church of St Mary and St Nicholas.
Beaumaris is a vibrant town with excellent craft shops and lively pubs, cafes and restaurants. The Museum of Childhood and Haulfre Stables small equestrian museum are well worth a visit. Beaumaris is a great spot for fishing and sailing. Why not take a pleasure cruise to Puffin Island to see the seals and puffins? There is a leisure centre which offers bicycle hire.
St. Seiriol founded the priory here in the 6th century. Parts of the ruins, the holy well, cell and monks' fishpond are still visible. Penmon was attacked by the Vikings in the 10th century and the present church was constructed later. This Norman or Romaneque architecture is the finest example in the region. Several early Christian crosses from the 9th - 11th centuries from the site have now been moved into the church.
St. Seiriol also founded a church on Puffin Island, just off Anglesey but unfortunately there are very few remains. This is an areas of particular scenic beauty with views of Puffin Island and the lighthouse. The grounds are rich in bird life and there is excellent sea fishing from Penmon Point.
The two bridges linking Anglesey to the mainland, Thomas Telford's Menai Suspension Bridge (opened 1826) and The Britannia Bridge (opened 1850) and both within easy walking distance of the town centre and afford dramatic views of the Menai Straits with its islands and the Snowdonia mountain range. There is a 'heritage footpath' around the area. Menia Bridge is an interesting place to shop, with antiques, books, art and much more on offer. There is a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes and several welcoming pubs.
A peaceful village on the banks of the Afon Nodwydd (Needle River) with a scenic river walk to the award winning beach at Red Wharf Bay. Places of interest in the area include the memorial to Hywel ap Owain Gwynedd, 'the Poet Prince', on the beach, the Panton Arms which was once visited by Charles Dickens and the 12th - 14th century St Mary's Church. Nearby Stone Science provides a great family day out.
Visas: EU citizens may live and work free of any immigration controls. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are generally allowed to stay six months without a visa.
Health risks: None
Electricity: 240V, 50Hz
Area: 20,764 sq km
(8017 sq mi)
Population: 2.9 million
Capital city: Cardiff
Language: Welsh, English
Religion: Nonconformist Protestants, Anglicans, Catholics
Government: Parliamentary Democracy
Head of State: Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister: Tony Blair
Currency: Pound sterling (£)
Traveler's checks are widely accepted in banks and you might as well buy them in pounds sterling to avoid changing currencies twice. Cashpoints (ATMs) are very common in Britain: most are linked to major credit cards as well as the Cirrus, Maestro and Plus cash networks.
Banks, travel agents, ferry ports, airports, some hotels and major post offices have a Bureau de Change.
When to Go: Spring and Autumn
Probably the best times to visit Wales if you want to avoid the July and August crowds. It's even less busy in winter, but many attractions close in mid-October and don't re-open until Easter. Some mountain passes can be snowbound in winter
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