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Penrhyn Castle

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Address: Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
Phone Number: +44 1248 353084
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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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Beautiful grounds

Another beautifully kept piece of history, amazingly well restored, preserved and managed. Will defiantly return

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Another beautifully kept piece of history, amazingly well restored, preserved and managed. Will defiantly return

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well this is one castle that will not forget in a hurry & one that we definitely will visit again. It has got so much to offer - A huge Victorian Castle, Steam railway museum, a beautiful garden - which all sit in a stunning landscaped grounds. We particularly enjoyed exploring the many well laid out rooms within the castle,... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Castle great, cafe okay, grounds superb. Be careful not to miss some of the gardens. Parking for disabled can be near the castle, so ask, the car park can be a bit difficult for some to walk from up to the castle.

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Llandudno Junction, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Penrhyn Castle was the home of the Douglas-Pennant family and built in the 1820s as an expansion to the original 15th century Manor House and now consists of 200 including the Castle Keep. I visited slightly out of season, when it was a little quieter and I was able to take advantage of the tour to the roof of the... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent a couple of hours here last week, the castle is fantastic - it was clearly built to impress and it certainly does. Grounds are lovely, but it was raining so we didn't go far. There is also an interesting train museum. Well worth visiting.

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Solva, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

another very good national trust property with a good train museum , impressive inside with good and friendly staff and well worth visiting for people of all ages

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Thank Mark G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a great castle to visit. It is beautifully decorated an built. The grounds are amazing. The kids loved the train museum and the guides where amazing. Well worth a visit.

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Thank LesD68
Bangor, North Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very interesting building with many excellent paintings, furniture and textiles. It has been called "the most extraordinary fantasy castle of the nineteenth century". The money came from the Penrhyn slate quarry in Bethesda, which is still producing slate and is the largest such in Europe. The other source of money came from considerable sugar estates in the West Indies.

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Birmingham
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot to see, what a guy with a lot of money does, builds himself a castle. Everything that has been written about this castle is pretty accurate. The only improvement could be better signage, no signs visible in courtyard as to the location of the tea room, had to ask directions. They had only just opened.

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Iwan E, Marketing Officer at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for your feedback. We always welcome review both positive and negative as it helps us evaluate our offer. Customer Service and the enjoyment of our visitors is of priority to us. We agree, the signage at the Castle is lacking. We are currently in the middle of a new signage and wayfinding project, you may have seen the... More 

Kearny, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in the area of North Wales, Penrhyn is worth visiting. The views are incredible and the interior of the castle makes one feel as if he/she has walked into a fairytale. I particularly loved the elaborate detail on the staircase and the delicate stained-glass windows. Don't pass up this opportunity.

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