Built by Hansom in 1829, Beaumaris Gaol might not be a functioning prison these days but it’s still an interesting day out for the whole family. Walking through the dimly-lit corridors is an eerie experience as you learn all about what prison life was life in Victorian times and hear some of the sad tales of the inmates.
The gaol has housed a number of interesting prisoners over the years, the most famous probably being Richard Rowlands. Despite protesting his innocence, he was executed for the murder of his father in law in 1862. According to local legend he put a curse on the clock in the church tower opposite the scaffold and it is said that to this day the clock has never shown the right time.
After it ceased to be a prison, the gaol served a number of purposes and has been a police station and a children’s clinic over the years. During the second world war it was used as the location for the town’s air raid siren. This also remained operational during the Cold War in case of nuclear attacks.
Audio tours are available and there is also a gift shop available on site.
Beaumaris Gaol is found on the Isle of Anglesey.
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The Isle of Anglesey is a beautiful part of Wales, set apart from the Welsh mainland by the Menai Strait, and it is well worth spending at least a few days on in an effort to see and experience as much of its natural beauty as possible.
Visitors to the Isle of Anglesey will find the lovely town of Beaumaris on the east coast, just across the Menai Strait from Penrhyn on the mainland. The town is famous for its castle, Georgian architecture, sea front and pier. It also has many good restaurants, cafes and arts and crafts shops making it the perfect destination for a quiet and relaxing getaway from the hustle and bustle of city living.
A World Heritage Site, Beaumaris Castle is regarded by UNESCO as one of the finest examples of late 13th century military architecture in all of Europe. It is also known as the most “technically perfect” castle in Great Britain, with almost perfect symmetry in its architecture.
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