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Penrhyn Castle

Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
01248 353084
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Museums, Cultural
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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
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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97 reviews 97 reviews
19 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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Waddinxveen, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Amazing experience. The only furnished castle in North Wales. And beautiful gardens, japanese style. Part of the castle is a railwaymuseum.

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Bangor, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

When you first see the castle and look at that amazing view you instantly realise what a great decision you made coming here. I'm a student and really enjoyed it, I saw all sorts of age groups waking round all with smiles on their faces. One small warning, it's not a castle as you would expect, it has more of... More

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Penmaenmawr, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Having been members of Cadw/English heritage for several years, we joined the National Trust this year and visited this lovely castle only a couple of miles from home. On our first visit we never got into the actual house. It was a lovely autumn afternoon and we decided to take advantage and strolled round the gardens. Both my partner and... More

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Southport, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
23 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a simply beautiful castle. There is so much to see and do, from the numerous rooms to the railway museum through to the extensive gardens. I can heartily recommend it for all ages of visitor. Of all the national trust properties I have visited over the years, this is the one that I would most like to return... More

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102 reviews 102 reviews
49 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This is a "Folly!" Not a (Genuine) Castle. An attempt by a slate quarry owner to impress and "get in with" the nobility. It's a concrete monstrosity - not a castle! A glorified "Victorian Mansion" and that's all.

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76 reviews 76 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Friends and I managed a short visit here and would certainly go back. Because of time restraints, we concentrated on the castle itself which is pretty amazing! Accept it for what it is - a Victorian statement of 'look what I can afford' and enjoy the mix of different styles in every room and superb wood and stone carving. Yes,... More

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Telford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Great family fun Went october half term and castle had a lovely halloween theme Spooky tower to climb up for kids Nice little railway museum which is included Lovely views However not really suitable for disabled and castle is not pushchair friendly

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

A 'Norman' style castle built in the nineteenth century and stuffed full of every curl, twirl and decorative feature you could possibly imagine, this place is utterly bonkers in a rather wonderful way. Built on the profits from slate mining and Victorian endeavour this place was an ostentatious playground for its very wealthy owners, a home which was never lived... More

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