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Penrhyn Castle

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This 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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
+44 1248 353084
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Found this castle on our journey around Wales and we were very glad that we made the effort. A very striking building as you approach up a long drive way and path. Excellent steam engine museum housed inside, with plenty of engines and rolling stock...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Cliff E
Reviewed 4 days ago

I love medieval history and buildings. The opportunity to build a modern home in that style would be fantastic. You could start with money you made from slaves, as they did, but I digress. What was built was a massive monstrosity. It is very dark...More

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Jeff M
IwanEllis-Roberts, Senior Marketing Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review, we're sorry you felt that we only deserved a score of one out of five. You have summed up Penrhyn's history and feel perfectly - we're glad that came across at least, even if it wasn't to your taste. As...More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

While in the Snowdonia area we were looking for something to do & decided to visit Penrhyn Castle as we were both members of the National Trust so got free entry. The castle is not far from the A55 near Bangor, the entrance isn't that...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Bryan P
Reviewed 6 days ago

Worth popping in if you have time to spare but in terms of "favourite National Trust properties" I'm afraid I couldn't remotely include it: not my cup of tea at all. Hideously ugly externally, the inside at best has a grim fascination: like walking through...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Andrew H
Reviewed 1 week ago

The castle is poorly presented, no mention is made of the family who built it and how they made their money. It totally ignores the unrest in the mines in the early 1900s. Consequently it just comes accross as an ostentatious flaunting of wealth and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ray S
IwanEllis-Roberts, Senior Marketing Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review. We are currently in the middle of a project to transform the way our history is presented, working with the local communities to explore our colonial and local industrial heritage, to give a rounded account of our history and offer...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here one mid-week morning with our National Trust Cards. The 'faux' castle is very impressive with large rooms, good guides and some nice grounds and gardens. Beware Sat nav guides which took us and others to the wrong side of the grounds. It's not...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Chris J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit with family or without. Plenty to do including a small park, amazing Gardens, the castle, the train museum and cafeteria. This really is worth a visit!

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank darrene689
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited this castle on recommendation from mother in law - beautiful grounds it is set in - when I first saw it I was not impressed with the outside appearance however this was soon changed when I went inside the house - what a beautiful...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Scooteraande
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really beautiful castle inside and out. There’s places to sit outside to have a picnic as well as a cafe inside. Also small playground for children. Definitely worth a visit

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Kc86x
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited this wonderful, well maintained national trust property. The presentation was excellent and all staff were extremely pleasant, knowledgeable, and very polite. If there is a down side it is the same in my opinion of all the national trust properties I have visited. The...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Sandra W
March 12, 2019|
Response from IwanEllis-Roberts | Property representative |
Hi Sandra Currently, prices (including Gift Aid) to visit the Castle and Garden are as follows: Adult - £14.00 Child - £7.00 Family - £35.00 Guided tour - £9.20 Group Adult £11.90 - Minimum group size 15 Group Child... More
July 29, 2018|
Response from IwanEllis-Roberts | Property representative |
Hi Bambi - Dogs are allowed in the garden on leads, everywhere except the Adventure Playground. Assistance dogs only in the Castle and Castle cafe. Dogs can sit in the Stables Cafe - this is only open at peak times usually... More
June 19, 2018|
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Response from marlarkey99 | Reviewed this property |
Probably best to contact them and ask. Photography for personal use without flash is permitted inside. However some of the rooms are on the dark side so a tripod would help. Personally I have a monopod and I doubt they'd... More