The elegant little town of Beaumaris (beautiful marsh) lies on the southeast corner of the Isle of Anglesey in north Wales. Edward I built the last castle of his chain of fortresses designed to control the troublesome Welsh. It is designed in concentric rings of defensive walls inside a deep moat with a jetty allowing resupply from the sea. Also in the town is the Museum of Childhood featuring a large collection of toys and games. Nearby right on the southeast corner of Anglesey is Puffin Island with is monastic ruins and colony of puffins.
From Beaumaris you can visit the unusual house of Plas Newydd on the banks of the Menai Straits. This late 18th century eclectic house, set in peaceful parkland, combines Gothic and Tudor styles and is extravagantly decorated with stained glass windows and oak panelling. Snowdonia lies just across the Strait.
This north west corner of Wales is named after its highest mountain - Snowdon. It is an area of great natural beauty, and has been designated as a National Park. Here can be found not only splendid mountain scenery, but also charming villages and small towns, as well as traces of the early industrial activities of mining. Traveling through Snowdonia, the visitor will see many medieval castles, for this was a period of great unrest and the Welsh battled against the English unsuccessfully to retain their own independent kingdom.
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