Beaumaris is situated on the banks of the Menai Srait in Anglesey, North Wales. The name comes from the old French for beautiful marsh "beau mareys". The towns' location close to the two bridges that join the mainland to Anglesey make it suitable for touring both the Isle of Anglesey and the Snowdonia National Park. Anglesey prides itself on its many fantastic beaches and is popular for horse riding, walking, bird watching, angling, canoeing, and cycling. There are a number of hotels and holiday cottages within either the town or close by.
The town of Beaumaris is renowned for its castle, one of the finest medieval castles in Europe, and rightly recognised as a World Heritage Site. Beaumaris Castle was part of the iron ring of castles built to subdue the Welsh by the English King Edward 1. Construction of the castle began in 1295, but due to a shortage of money and supplies, the castle was never completed. It did however see military action during the Welsh Revolt when it fell to the supporters of Owain Glyndwr in 1403. The town later served as an administrative centre and port until by the 20th century Beaumaris' raison d'être had turned full circle from military outpost to holiday resort. Today the castle still stands proudly on the edge of the Menai Strait and adds considerably to Beaumaris' appeal as a 21st century holiday resort.
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