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Penrhyn Castle

Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
01248 353084
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Ranked #2 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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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Excellent castle - left with muchof the interior that was used when the family was using the castle. An addditional guided tour of the rooms where the family actually lived rather than the grand more entertaining rooms was an additional benefit.

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Holyhead, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The last time I visited I was a little disappointed. They no longer have the audio headphones for the tour. Such a shame as these really added to my previous visits. There used to be a sort of map to guide the visitor around all areas - not any more, alas. The gardens are wonderful. We did the tour of... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Having visited before recommended this to my sister in law when she visited us, very friendly staff and stunning views but not as good as I remembered? Limited info on the rooms and paintings, although volunteers were there to ask, did we need to purchase a guide book for said information?? Coffee shop lovely although coffee was a little weak... More

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wales
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We have visited Penrhyn castle many times over the last 20 years and have always found something different to see and interesting to look at. The castle is not that old as castles go but is furnished throughout with period items and paintings. The grounds are extensive with plenty of places for a picnic, you can also eat in the... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Had a lovely dat out at Penrhyn castle. Lots of interesting rooms and amazing spaces to see. We were lucky enough to enjoy a hidden places tour that took us and a small group into some of the rooms not yet restored and open to the public. I would advise anybody to do this who has the chance as it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a well put together castle with many dressed rooms and plenty to see. There are many examples of furniture and upholstery for those who like that. The outside certainly looks the part and looks very foreboding. The castle however is one that of a home and is quite modern is history.

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Cockermouth, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I have just arrived home from a weeks holiday in Wales, and i would have to say, that Penrhyn Castle is one, if not the best National Trust property i have visited. From the very start when you pull up on the car park, it is on several tiers, with lot,s of shady areas, which was great, being a dog... More

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Dublin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We visited Penrhyn on a wet an overcast day as a locaion to stay out of the rain. What a Place !!! I seriously doubt that I will ever visit a location with quite the spectacular opulence again - think Downton Abbey ... then double or triple it. Unmissable.

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Melton Mowbray, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The castle inside is quite dark but I appreciate that this has to be done to conserve the artefacts but this did not detract from the interest of the castle.On arrival we were offered free tours of the Keep & The Sitting room but we declined these on this occasion. All the guides were very helpful & most informative &... More

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Penryn Castle is an outstanding building full of history with the most wonderful carved stone and wood interior. Craftsmanship at its best. Each room was wonderful to see with the original furnishing and furniture lovingly restored where necessary. Staff were helpful in the Castle but not so at the entrance. As two of our party are disabled we were not... More

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