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Beamaris Castle

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About this benefit:
All ISIC cardholders can enjoy discounted entry to Beaumaris Castle in Wales. Just flash your virtual or plastic ISIC card at the admissions desk. 

About Beaumaris Castle:

Beaumaris is on the island of Anglesey is famous as the greatest castle never built. It was the last of the royal strongholds created by Edward I in Wales - and perhaps is masterpiece. 

Here Edward and his architect. James of St George, took full advantage of a blank canvas: the 'beau mareys' or 'beautiful marsh' beside the Menai Strait. 

The result was a fortress of immense size and near-perfect symmetry. No fewer than four concentric rings of formidable defences included a water-filled moat with its very own dock. The outer walls alone bristled with 300 arrow loops. 

But lack of money and troulbe brewing in Scotland meant building work had petered out by 1320s. The south gatehouse and the six greats towers in the inner ward never reached their intended height. The Llanfaes gate was barely started before being abandoned. 

So the distinctive squat shape of Beaumaris tells of a dream that never quite came true. Still it takes its rightful place on the global stage as a part of the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I World Heritage Site. 

Find Beaumaris Castle at Castle Street, Beaumaris LL58 8AP. 


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