A unique eighteenth century fortress, built in 1775 by Thomas Wynn, who later became Lord Newborough, in response to a perceived threat to the British mainland during the American war of independence.Get Directions
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Fort Belan is a unique eighteenth century fortress. It was built in 1775 by Thomas Wynn, who later became Lord Newborough, in response to a perceived threat to the British mainland during the American war of independence. It is set on the tip of a peninsula in 40 acres of private grounds and guards the entrance to the Menai Strait.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Fort and the Dock and grounds which are separated from Anglesey by the fast- flowing Menai Strait. You will have a 360 degree view of the surrounding countryside, the sea and the distant mountains which will lead you to understand why this was chosen as an ideal site for a defensive Fortress.
Anglesey Antiquarian Society
Our visit to Belan was splendid in every way. We had some 20 members in the party, so quite a large group was accommodated. There was enough room for us to park near the entrance, where we met our very well-informed guide.
There are two aspects to the visit to Belan: the 18th century fort, built to house Lord Newborough’s Caernarfonshire Militia guarding the mouth of the Menai Straits from the threat of the American War and later, Napoleon; and the mid 19th century dockyard. The Wynns, especially Frederick (1853-1932), were keen sailors and the dock has a fascinating range of buildings and workshops for keeping their yachts in good shape. Further down the peninsula there is a fine hillfort, Dinas Dinlle, occupied during the Iron Age and Romano-British periods and fabled in early mediaeval legend. It makes for a very good day of history.
1st/2nd photo credit – Ian Thraves
11th photo credit – David Paton
Coming from the North on the A487 or from the South the 499, follow the signs to Caernarfon Airport. The road takes you through the seaside village of Dinas Dinlle then runs parallel with the shore. At the steep bend to the right, before the airport, turn to the left. Turn right and go through the metal gates onto a private road and follow this for two miles to the Fort. Please drive slowly to avoid the potholes.