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Penrhyn Castle

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Address: Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
Phone Number: 01248 353084
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Description: 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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A Second Visit

On my second visit I went on a tour of the tower and upper floor rooms, many left as they were when the Trust took over and some with the original William Morris wallpaper! The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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317 reviews 317 reviews
76 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

On my second visit I went on a tour of the tower and upper floor rooms, many left as they were when the Trust took over and some with the original William Morris wallpaper! The castle is fascinating, a monument to lavishness and vast fortunes made on the backs of others but nonetheless it is a remarkable edifice. The National... More 

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Warwick,
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36 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Although somewhat difficult to find (we had a leaflet with no address on it, and coming along the A5, we saw one Brown sign, but then no more). However persistence was rewarded, and what a reward. This unusual Victorian "faux castle" was full of interest and fascination, aided by delightful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. The optional visit to the Keep... More 

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Yorkshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

An incredible house, one man's dream and yet all is not as it seems! Well worth a visit. Gardens are lovely and overlook the sea. Tea room reasonably priced and staff warm and welcoming in the Castle and the tearoom

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
18 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The National Trusts’s Penrhyn Castle has the appearance of a Normon period medieval castle but its actually less than 200 years old and was constructed in medieval style by the London based owner … apparently as a holiday home – to impress his wealthy friends. The castle itself is vast, so vast you could easily get lost inside. Its also... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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87 reviews 87 reviews
58 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It is a long walk up a slope to the 'castle' and we did it in a howling gale. So first stop was to find a coffee. The tea room took a bit of finding, round the side of the castle, but I guess it was intended that it would be the last place to visit. The queue of only... More 

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Hawarden, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

You fist see the castle an approach from the a55 just before the Bangor turning. There is a new car park this year which means you no longer drive right up to the castle and park down to Road behind. Instead they have designed a new car park in the grounds leading up that sits below the castle front. The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
34 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I got my first glimpse of Penrhyn coming along the A55 from Conwy, and I was outstanded. The castle looks almost mythical, and is a incredible example of norman revival architecture. The interiors are even more incredible than the exterior, and the staircase just took my breath away. The servants quarters are immense, and the juxtaposition between these and the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

A huge beautifully situated castle with amazing carvings everywhere and tremendous spacious rooms and galleries. Easy to spend three or four hours exploring the house even before you take a look at the grounds and admire the wonderful views..

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Essex
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54 attraction reviews
852 helpful votes 852 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

To me, Penrhyn Castle was both impressive yet uninspiring. It is a huge pile of pseudo Norman castle – a colossal pastiche built by the 1st Lord Penrhyn in 1822-37. To me it smacked of a very rich man with delusions of grandeur constructing a colossal folly. The rooms are huge and decorated in high Victorian style with nods here... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We were last at Penrhyn four years ago but I now have mobility problems so it was good to find the buggy driver at the reception area. There is a steep hill up to the castle which might take a fit person five to ten minutes but is daunting for anyone who has trouble walking up hills. There is no... More 

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