If you are looking for a short break in North Wales, then the busy little seaside town of Beaumaris on Anglesey has all the ingredients for a great weekend-away.
This pretty Georgian town sits on Anglesey’s east coast, looking across the Menai Strait toward the hills of the Carneddau and the peaks of Snowdonia beyond. In terms of location – it doesn’t get more scenic than this and whatsmore, to enjoy the best of it, you don’t even need to get back in your car.
If you are looking for yet another faceless High Street, then you definitely don’t want to come to Beaumaris! There is a great array of independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Our favourites are:
- The Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour – open year round (and often with a queue snaking out the door even in winter!) offering a mind-boggling selection of homemade, and often seasonal, flavours.
- Cole & Co – customers have been known to make a day trip from Manchester just to stock up on delicious smelling soaps and scrubs from husband & wife team, Liz and Kevin Cole.
- Janet Bell Gallery – Janet’s own bright and colourful paintings of the Island mix with a host of work from artists, potters and jewellers.
- The Pier House Bistro – Sit on the terrace, enjoy some great food and soak up the view across the Straits.
- Central Bakery – tucked away down Margaret Street, many visitors can leave Beaumaris without having found it. It is definitely worth a visit for a morning loaf or sweet treat, or a selection of their wonderful speciality breads to take home for your freezer.
History – spades of it!
Not one, but three great historical attractions are packed into this little town. Most notable is Beaumaris Castle, the last of Edward I’s iron ring. A trip to the Victorian Gaol is fascinating, if not a little harrowing, and you can finish your historical tour at the Beaumaris Courthouse – one of the oldest in Britain.
Take to the Water
If you don’t have sea legs, perhaps start with a walk out along the pier, where you can look back at the town from over the water or join families catching crabs – you can buy crabbing lines and buckets, as well as bait from the kiosk at the start of the pier.
Beaumaris is a starting point for number of sea excursions along the Straits and further afield – whether you want to fish or sightsee. Most popular is the trip out to Puffin Island to admire the birdlife and seal colony.
Walk the Coastal Path
Beaumaris sits on the Anglesey Coastal Footpath – a 125 mile route that encompasses the whole of the Island. One option is to take a bus or taxi out to Penmon Point and walk back to Beaumaris. You can admire the Penmon Lighthouse, stop at the 13th century Penmon Priory and Dovecote, and make a small detour to Castell Aberlleiniog (Aberlleiniog Castle) on your way, and find a sheltered cove where you can sit and enjoy a picnic lunch. Download the route here.
Somewhere to Stay
There is a great choice of accommodation. Local company, Menai Holiday Cottages has a large selection of Beaumaris holiday cottages – from romantic boltholes for two to larger houses, sleeping up to 15.
If you would like to stay in a beautiful cottage in this area visit Menai Holiday Cottages