Beaumaris

Submitted by driver 16 on 11 December 2010
OS Explorer Map: 263 - Anglesey East
 
(6 votes)
A circular, full-day city/town walk in Wales starting at Bangor/Llanfairpwll, Gwynedd, about 2km (roughly 1 miles) long and suitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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Another one for the families out there, with a castle (the only one in North Wales with a water-filled moat, because it is built on lowland), a restored magistrates' court with audio-visual guides, a jail (reduced admission if you buy tickets to both magistrates' court and jail), a pier, and boat rides up the Menai Straight and around Puffin Island, with views of Snowdonia. Beaumaris means 'beautiful marsh'.

Start: Bangor/Llanfairpwll, OS Grid: SH605761
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 8m (28ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 23m (77ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 15m (49ft)
Max. Elevation: 20m (65ft)

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OS Grid: SH605761
It's a short bus ride from either Bangor or Llanfairpwll.
OS Grid: SH607762
It's the only castle in North Wales with a water-filled moat because it is built on lowland.
OS Grid: SH603760
Well worth a visit, with an audio-visual guide, wax dummies illustrating the court's layout - judge, jury and plaintiff. There is a public area, with access to the jury room and judge's private area. Reduced admission to the jail if you buy a ticket to both.
OS Grid: SH601759
Not far from the court, with illustrations of how primitive conditions were. A treadmill for if you didn't keep stepping, you disappeared into the pit below where you were crushed to death! A corrider, where you were led to the gallows to be hanged! Great for childrens' imaginations...
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SH606759
Boat rides up Menai Straights and around Puffin Island, as well as fishing trips. Walk back from here into town.
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