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Penrhyn Castle

Address: Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
Phone Number: 01248 353084
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings:This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman...
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Type: Castles, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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English first
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

i loved it all and could have spent the night before continuing with the time travel into our history

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Chester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Really enjoyed both our visits here. The old steam train museum is very interesting and the engines are well looked after. The Castle is wonderful, the staff are knowledgeable and very friendly ( as always at national trust buildings) . The views across Bangor are stunning . Well worth a visit.

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Singapore, Singapore
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The walk in was a little long as it was summer and it was terribly windy. Unfortunately, it was closed for winter. Would recommend it to anyone when it is open as the view is spectacular!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Nice little stately home. Interesting house in an ideal location just outside of bangor. Cheap and fascinating to learn about the dominance of welsh slate from the Penryn family. Great for all ages

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Bangor, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Been here twice, enjoyed it both times! Beautiful setting, overlooking the straits. The grounds are very well kept. The staff were both knowledgeable and helpful, they are very passionate about the castle and its history. Not the biggest of castles but it is a great day out nevertheless, would recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My Grandfather ran the place for the third Baron Penrhyn so I have more than a passing interest.This is a fascinating house with spectacular living rooms. The family's fortunes are claimed to come from slate and the billiard table is beautifully carved from solid slate as is the main bed. I recommend a bit of research on the net before... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The castle sits in some beautiful grounds, which deserve an hour or so of your time. Parking is more than adequate. When you enter the castle itself it is easier if you follow their recommended route. The halls and rooms are quite beautiful and, unlike many attractions, you are allowed to take photos as long as you don't use flash.... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This lovely little castle is just gorgeous! You feel like a queen as you go through the gates and walk down the halls. The grounds are beautiful. Take a half day to enjoy it all!

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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I love this place. I've grown up being taken here and I still thoroughly enjoy going and visiting. All the volunteers were helpful and there is loads to see. One summer I came for a theatre production of As You Like It. Had a fantastic evening, would love to see more activities to do!

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Caergwrle, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Penrhyn Castle once made a very leftie friend of ours spit "and all built on the backs of poor slate miners" as she exited the Castle. Maybe so, but something similar can be said of most of the man-made spectacles of the UK, and we mostly love it. Penrhyn combines over the top but sometimes glowering grandeur with very many... More 

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