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Penrhyn Castle

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Address: Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
Phone Number: 01248 353084
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings:This enormous...

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.

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Lovely place!

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lots of rain but great grounds and castle. Cafe was better than Costa, and staff seemed helpful. I'll visit again when we have some sun!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Hairy T
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Lots of rain but great grounds and castle. Cafe was better than Costa, and staff seemed helpful. I'll visit again when we have some sun!

Thank Hairy T
Connah's Quay, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This really is a fascinating place. although named a castle it is really one rich mans fantasy, the interiors are truly mid blowing and the cost is overwhelming when comparing with today's prices. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and my wife, who does not normally like these visits, was equally interested

Thank Ron E
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's ok I suppose if your into this sort of thing like castles and history I took my 2 young daughters in Halloween week where they got to explore parts of the castle and do treasure hunt and arts and crafts etc so it was ok

Thank Neil E
Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice looking "castle" in a beautifull location overlooking Snowdonia National Park. Built by Lord Penrhyn with the proceeds of his slate quarry in Bethesda. Recommend you read up the history behind Lord Penrhyn and his quarry prior to your visit though as it will explain the history behind the castle/big house and the quarry. Not in the same league as... More 

Thank Keith J
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27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We were only allowed access to the gardens and were quite disappointed we couldn't look inside the castle. Lovely walks though through the grounds and beautiful views!!

Thank Joanne P
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94 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

It was rainy and sunny but the welcome at the visitor centre was excellent and although the castle was closed, they were doing short half hour escorted tours and we jumped at that ! What lovely volunteers and what a fantastic property........must come back on a better day for views !

1 Thank KenWatsonHolsworthy
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Went there on a sunny day. The view was absolutely amazing with the sheep grazing in the fields, the pacific ocean,the autumn trees, the blue sky with its vast clouds, and the mountains with their golden gleam in the distant. The castle inside was spectacular. Each and every artifact is worth seeing.

1 Thank Anika K
Bangor, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

we spent a full day visiting castle and gardens, the castle is interesting, the gardens beautiful, the walled garden was beautiful and relaxing, stunning views from the wild gardens, lovely tea room, tasty snacks which I found reasonable, train museum, childrens woodland area, transport available from the car park as steep hill from car park to castle,looks different every month... More 

Thank Angela H
London, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Visited on a rainy Saturday afternoon. We arrived at 12.30 by bus from Llandudno. The stops are just outside the gates but once through there is a 10 minutes walk through woods to the reception area. The castle was supposed to be closed but at reception we were informed we could join one of two complimentary 'mini conservation tours' of... More 

1 Thank Sandra Q
Exeter, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Imposing gothic Victorian pile built through a fortune acquired through slate mining, sugar and slave trade. Fantastic views of surrounding countryside, lovely grounds. Free 5km park run 9am every Saturday.

Thank David T

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