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Penrhyn Castle

Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
01248 353084
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Museums
Owner description: 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings:This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai... more » Owner description: 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings:This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. In addition, it has an outstanding collection of paintings.The restored kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum (open all year), a model railway museum and a superb dolls' museum.The 24.3 hectares (60 acres) of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden. « less
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited on a fine summer's day, so were able to also wander the extensive grounds and visit the small but perfectly formed walled garden. The castle itself is authentically preserved, with many rooms laid out as they would typically have been used. Knowledgeable guides throughout. The incorporated mini railway museum is great for kids, even able to climb on... More

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Wales
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27 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We visited this national trust property in July - the grounds are extensive and great for a picnic with the family. The castle itself is a modern day version of a kind of Norman castle. Building on what the Victorians thought a castle should look like if money were no object. The result is an interesting use of modern materials... More

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Caernarfon, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Fantastic place to go for a visit. Even though the locals are biased as to the history of the castle I must admit that as a local myself I really enjoyed the tour of the Castle. If you go Llandegai Church is worth a visit as many of the family are buried there in the vaults.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I'm sooo lucky that I live in Bangor... And to have such an amazing castle is an added bonus to it...!!! Penrhyn castle is so stylish, glamorous & beautiful... The view outside is expectacular...!!! What else could u ask for... The garden- what a lovely-quiet walk U can get... The cafe- amazing welsh scones & coffee lattes of course..! Just... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a beautiful and impressive looking Norman style castle, however it is actually only about 200 years old - a "modern" fake. However there is fantastic stonework inside and an interesting tour. In addition to the castle on the grounds there is a railway museum, a variety of gardens and a children's play area (with interesting exercise equipment). The... More

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London, United Kingdom
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

What an amazing building which some amazing trickery used to create such an elaborate estate. We went on 2 free tours. The first was mainly about how they clean everything which was ok. The second was going up in the Keep which was amazing. The rain stopped long enough for us to be able to go on the roof of... More

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Runcorn, United Kingdom
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31 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Penrhyn Castle Bangor 19th-century fantasy castle & spectacular backdrop Well worth a visit to this 19th century Norman castle is located between Snowdonia & the Menai Strait. The castle is crammed with many interesting items & carvings to keep you occupied during the visit. Gift shop & coffee shop to tempt you to buy or indulge employing nice staff that... More

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

5 minute uphill walk from car park on a very wet and windy day. The courtesy bus was out of action which made it very difficult for disabled visitors. The house was very interesting with lots to see. It was very dark inside and although there was an information sheet in each room they were impossible to read without a... More

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Weybridge
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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The property has only just started to open on a Tuesday (the day we went) for July and August, when it offers a number of specialist tours. We went on the 'ramparts tour' which took us right up on the roof and gave the most wonderful views, as well enabling us to see how the brick built house was mocked... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We visited this 'Castle' which isn't as old as it looks, we arrived at 11am but the Castle itself didn't open until Noon, but we had a nice drink in the coffee shop, then at the Railway Museum, which is included in the price, the castle is very impressive, from the moment you enter the Grand Hall, the grounds are... More

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