Beaumaris Castle - Castles of Wales

Beaumaris Castle - Castles of Wales

Visit Beaumaris Castle and Get Your Cadw Explorer Pass to Visit 20 Historic Monuments in Wales

Your key to unlock Wales' greatest castles, in one ticket!

The Castles of Wales Explorer Pass offers the freedom to explore all of Cadw's historic attractions and help you get the most out of your visit to Wales. 

  • Entry to 20 Welsh castles and attractions (see additional info for full list)
  • Visit as many castle as you want
  • Choice of either the 3 day pass or 7 day pass (the 3 day pass gives you 3 days of entrance and is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of entrance, valid for 14 days)
  • Save lots of money!

Book your Castle of Wales Explorer Pass by tapping 'Book' on this page. Once booked, your pass will be sent to you by email. Show this pass upon entry to all attractions either on your device or print if you prefer.

Beaumaris Castle, a fairy-tale castle on the Anglesey coast

Somewhere inside us all is that child obsessed with the fairy-tale stories of Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel.

Stories of castles that climb high into the sky and bridges stretching over dark, water-filled moats below.

Approaching Beaumaris Castle, you’ll be convinced someone plucked the castle out of your childhood daydreams and built it here in Anglesey.

Old stone walls, patched with moss and the cracks of history stretch from tower to tower.

Walking alongside, you’ll sneak glimpses further into the castle through the narrow windows along the exterior wall.

Originally used for archers to fire arrows at oncoming enemies, let your imagination wander and soon you’ll be the one stooping for cover and firing back with your own weapons.

The floating castle

At moments, you’ll be certain the castle is floating on water.

The moat that surrounds it was used to keep out enemies in the days of rebellions and uprisings.

If you look close enough, you might even see some of the ancient faces looking back at you in the water’s reflection with stories as old as the castle itself.

Never fully finished, the construction of the castle ended in the 1320s due to a lack of funds and has been forever known as the "greatest castle never built".

But even still, Beaumaris Castle is one of the most formidable and captivating medieval buildings in all of the UK.

Once you’re over the moat and through the outer walls, you’ll be met by the inner wall which is equally as remarkable.

Dragons roaming the grounds

Wander up staircases to the tops of towers, and take a moment to admire the beauty of North Wales from the castle walls.

Roam along stretches of grass between the inner and outer walls before discovering secret chambers and the chapel tucked away.

On your explorations, you might even stumble across a Welsh dragon lying in slumber if you’re lucky enough.

Usually prowling the Welsh skies in search of treasures to add to their horde, they’ve been known to take rest within the walls of Beaumaris.

But don’t worry, Welsh dragons are friendly old creatures and you’ll be snapping pics of the kids standing next to them before you’re headed home.

Be sure to check opening times and what’s on before you pack up the car and head to Beaumaris Castle.

With new events on all the time, you don’t want to miss any that might be going on.

Once your adventures around the castle are done, check out Beaumaris Gaol if you’re with older kids and fancy a slightly more macabre history lesson.

We're sure a day out at Beaumaris Castle will be a memorable one for the whole family.

What other Cadw attractions can I visit with the Castles of Wales Pass? 

Isle of Anglesey LL58 8AP
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Castles of Wales Explorer 3-day pass and 7-day pass explained:

  • The 3 day pass gives you 3 days of free entrance, that is valid for a 7 day period. The 7 day pass gives you 7 days of free entrance, valid for 14 days.
  • The passes have been designed to be flexible and suit families and tourists spending one or two week weeks in Wales.

How much money will I save with the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass?

  • The more castles you see the more you'll save. 
  • Entry to the Castles of Wales can be anywhere between £8-£15 (approx) each, so this pass is great for anyone wishing to visit a bunch castes on their visit to Wales. 
  • You can visit a lot of castles in 1-2 weeks!

Who is the Castles of Wales Explorer Pass for?

  • Ideal for anyone looking for things to do in Wales, for anyone wanting to soak up as much Welsh culture as possible, and perfect for families on a budget!
  • Wales is often referred to as the "Castle Capital of the World" and has more castles per square mile than any other country, so this pass is also great for any tourists coming to Wales too!

What does Cadw mean?

  • Cadw [cad-oo] is the Welsh word for 'castle' or 'keep' 

What are the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass family tickets?

  • 2 adults and up to 3 children/grandchildren under 18. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

What Cadw attractions are included in the Castle of Wales Explorer Pass? 

  • Beaumaris Castle
  • Blaenavon Ironworks
  • Caerleon Roman Baths
  • Caernarfon Castle
  • Caerphilly Castle
  • Carreg Cennen Castle
  • Castell Coch 
  • Chepstow Castle
  • Cilgerran Castle
  • Conwy Castle
  • Criccieth Castle
  • Denbigh Castle 
  • Harlech Castle
  • Kidwelly Castle 
  • Laugharne Castle 
  • Oxwich Castle
  • Plas Mawr Elizabethan Town House
  • Raglan Castle
  • Rhuddlan Castle
  • Rug Chapel
  • St Davids Bishop's Palace
  • Tintern Abbey
  • Tretower Court and Castle
  • Valle Crucis Abbey
  • Weobley Castle

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