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Penrhyn Castle

Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
01248 353084
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Ranked #1 of 10 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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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We've visited here a couple of times, and think it's one of the best NT properties going. Despite it's position, it's not a real castle, but a family home made to look like a castle. The inside is not what you would expect from the outside - there are a few "wow" moments (trying not to type a spoiler here!).... More

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Formby, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Stunning property n when we went there was a lot of things going on for the kids too. Excellent . would of been nice to be able to go high in a tower or on the walls, but its kind of more a stately home once you're in it than a traditional castle

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Absolutely stunning castle inside and out, the most amazing opulence I have ever seen. Shame it was was all built on the blood sweat and tears of slaves both in wales and jamaica! Massive shame the slaves lived in misery and never even had a chance of witnessing the fruits of their labour! But richard pennant did the glutinous consumer... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

My brother, dad and I only visited by chance, and it was definitely a fantastic find! It's absolutely fabulous, with so much to see. There's so much culture with such an interesting story behind it! It's set in a beautiful location and is the type of place you can easily spend all day looking at. I particularly enjoyed the gardens... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We visited a few years ago and remember an audio tour which we were expecting....sadly not. Information about each room was lacking and although there were room guides if they were already chatting it entailed a wait each time which with children is not always a good thing. Rooms did feel dark and gloomy and not somewhere you really wanted... More

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Stockport
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went here on the day we picked due to them having activities on for the children. They got to make a bird from scratch. (although craft supplies were very limited) I must say I was impressed though as we are members of the national trust and it is the first time in 19 months we have visited a venue... More

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Lots of rooms to see throughout the Castle including the Living Quarters, Grand Hall and the Kitchens all accessible by wheelchair. The upper floors are accessed by stairs only,the stable courtyard where the railway exhibition is cobbled. There are two cafes and a shop and a accessible toilet within the castle. There are two car parks; Main Car park is... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Penrhyn isn't an authentic castle but is still very worth a visit. The rooms are magnificent and there is lots to see. We did a tour up the keep to the roof which is well worthwhile. The guide was very interesting about the history of the building. There is a lovely walled garden and a very interesting railway museum. Quite... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We're members of the National Trust so the entrance fee wasn't applicable to us on the day. The castle is well preserved. The NT volunteers are both knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The mini bus to take you up to the castle is most welcome. The views from the castle are spectacular across mountains and sea. There are some interesting steam trains... More

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Cowplain, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Visited today whilst visiting the area on holiday. Even in the rain it was a great visit. A rare collection of steam trains used in the area and local quarrys, the castle is great and kept us a very involved.

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