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Beaumaris Pier: An attraction for all ages


Stretching out 170m into the Menai Strait, you will find Beaumaris Pier. It was originally constructed in 1846 and underwent various re-builds and renovations over the years, culminating in the addition of a floating pontoon in 2011. So what is there to see and do down at the Pier?


1) It is arguably the best spot on the island for crabbing. Whether you are young or old, this fun activity will be a memorable part of your trip to Beaumaris. Visit the Pier Kiosk or the RNLI shop to grab your crabbing gear and bait, get set up and throw your line over the side. Now take in the view and wait a while before pulling up a haul of sea creatures. You can then marvel at the size and different varieties of crabs before returning them to the sea below. Hours of fun for all the family!


2) Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the wooden boards and take in the stunning scenery of the Carddenau mountain range and beyond to the peaks of Eryri (Snowdonia). A photographer’s dream at any time of day and during any season. The sheltered benches on the Pier are also fantastic look-out points for birdwatching. Cormorants, shags, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes, and razorbills are amongst some of the birds to spot from here.


3) Get out on the water! Although the pier has a rich maritime history, it is primarily used today for the launch of fishing boats, power boat rides or for a slower pace, the more leisurely pleasure boat trips out to Puffin Island to see an array or bird life and the resident seals. All bookable from kiosks located in front of and on the Pier.


4) Keep the kids entertained for hours at the paddling pool and little play park. Picnic benches and well-maintained grassy areas surround the pool, making it a perfect spot to sit down for a while and enjoy some fish and chips or an ice cream. Just watch out for the sea gulls!


5) Explore the RNLI Lifeboat Station. Most days during high season there are volunteers on hand to show you around the lifeboat shed and equipment. You may witness a real life or practice launch, especially during the busy summer months. The adjacent Lifeboat shop also offers fantastic souvenirs and gifts, with proceeds going to maintaining the boat and supporting the crew financially.


So whether you’d like an action-packed adventure or a slower paced meander, Beaumaris Pier has something to offer for all ages and is a must-visit attraction during your stay in Beaumaris. Castle Court Hotel is a beautiful 2 minute walk along the sea front to the entrance of the Pier and so one of our rooms will offer the perfect base for exploring this Beaumaris gem.

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