Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, Wales

King Edward I conquered North Wales in the 1200s, then built a ring of castles around it to defend his newly won territory. Beaumaris Castle is one of them – or, to be more accurate, nearly one of them. Before construction on Beaumaris was completed, the king’s finances and attention were redirected to his military campaign in Scotland. The stout fortress was never fully finished – but the concentric design of walls within walls has been praised by historians as a triumph of medieval military architecture.After changing hands several times in the ensuing centuries, Beaumaris eventually fell into ruin. But today’s visitors likely won’t notice anything amiss, as the castle is still impressively looming and large, having been restored beginning in 1925. And as we can see in our image, Beaumaris comes complete with the requisite medieval moat.

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