From The Neolithic To The Sea: A Journey From The Past To The Present
Beaumaris Castle
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Anglesey
53° 15′ 53.28″ N, 4° 5′ 22.92″ W
SH6064176268
Ruin
1295
£5.25
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Beaumaris Castle is located in Beaumaris, Anglesey. It was built as part of King Edward I ring of castles around Wales.

The castle was planned in as part of King Edwards campaign to conquer north Wales 1284, but due to lack of funds, it was never built. After Madog ap Llywelyns uprising, work on the castle commenced in 1295. Many men were employed to build the caste under the direction of James St. George. As King Edwards attention turned to Scotland, the money for the castle was soon diverted and work was stopped. After the threat of invasion in 1306, work re-commenced on the castle. it was slow going and the project was finally abandoned in 1330. Even though a vast amount of money was spent on the castle it was never fully completed.

In 1403 the castle was attacked and taken captive by the Welsh during the Owain Glyndŵr rebellion. It was recaptured in 1405.

The castle was held by the Royalist forces during the English civil war in 1642. It held out till 1646 when it surrendered to the Parliamentary army. The castle then housed a garrison of Parliamentarian solders, escaping slighting. The castle was abandoned by 1660 and fell into ruin.

Today the castle is in the care of Cadw and is a local tourist attraction.