Beaumaris Castle, in Beaumaris, Anglesey, Wales, was built as part of Edward I's campaign to conquer north Wales after 1282. Plans were probably first made to construct the castle in 1284, but this was delayed due to lack of funds and work only began in 1295 following the Madog ap Llywelyn uprising. A substantial workforce was employed in the initial years under the direction of James of St George. Edward's invasion of Scotland soon diverted funding from the project, however, and work stopped, only recommencing after an invasion scare in 1306. When work finally ceased around 1330 a total of £15,000 had been spent, a huge sum for the period, but the castle remained incomplete.
Beaumaris Castle was taken by Welsh forces in 1403 during the rebellion of Owain Glyndŵr, but recaptured by royal forces in 1405. Following the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal to Charles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary armies.
Opening hours vary. The castle usually opens at 9:30 am and closes between 4 pm and 6 pm. Please check the official schedule before visiting.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Closed on Dec 24 - 26 and Jan 1.
Seniors, students and children under 16: £4.10
Official website http://cadw.gov.wales/daysout/beaumaris-castle/?lang=en
Phone +44 1443 336000
Address LL58 8, United Kingdom
Coordinates 53°15'52.911" N -4°5'22.986" E