Sunday, 10 August 2014
As part of our North Wales holiday last week, on Monday 4th August 2014 we went to Beaumaris. I have visited this small town on the south eastern coastal corner of the Isle of Anglesey a number of times in the past. The purpose of this visit was to take a boat ride around Puffin Island though I will write about that in a separate post. The boat trips are one of the main reasons for going to Beaumaris. Others include a visit to the 19th Century gaol which is now a museum (I visited it a few years ago so didn't go there on Monday); superb views of the North Wales coastline and mountains and Beaumaris Castle (I have not been in before and was not able to fit a visit in to our schedule last week but you can see much of the castle from the eastern end of the main street - see photos below).
The town is largely unspoilt by modern developments and retains its own character. There are narrow streets off the main road many of which are traffic free.
The town seems to cling to the waters edge.
Looking east, what appears to be an island on the left on the horizon is actually the Great Orme at Llandudno. Much of Llandudno sits on the low-lying land spur of land that connects the Great Orme from the mainland but from Beaumaris it is easily mistaken for an island.
Looking west up the Menai Straits.
After our boat trip, we stopped for a refreshment break at the Bulkeley Hotel. We sat out at the front, overlooking the Menai Straits. It is south facing so we got a good blast of sun.