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Penrhyn Castle

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Address: Bangor LL57 4HN, Wales
Phone Number: 01248 353084
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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What a terrific national trust property, right from the welcome down at the entrance to the estate, to the volunteers who give you some very good room information. The castle is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Ivan B
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a terrific national trust property, right from the welcome down at the entrance to the estate, to the volunteers who give you some very good room information. The castle is so much more than you'd expect, and its huge with so many fully furnished rooms, you don't know where to look at first. Better to go around once then... More 

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Newtown, Powys
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place. It is very well kept and you could imagine that people had just left for the day. There are so many rooms to see that you could easily get lost if you were not careful! I particularly like old kitchens and bathrooms and was not disappointed at Penrhyn. They have replica food in the kitchens... More 

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Anyone with a modicum of interest in history will find this fascinating as will anyone who has a love of architecture, paintings and all things past. This is a real gem in the crown of the national trust and everyone we have recommended Penrhyn Castle to has thoroughly enjoyed their visit and has returned to again and again

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An extraordinary example of Victorian romanesque, the house exhibits an opulence that is oppressive but nevertheless fascinanting and instructive. We had just visited the workers cottages at the Slate Museum at Llanberis, and the contrast was uncomfortable.

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is really over the top when it comes to spending money to impress in the 1830's. It's a mock Norman Castle and it very much depends on one's choice of whether you like it or not. It is certainly unique and worth visiting. It also has quite an interesting collection of locomotives mainly involved with mining and slate... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been past here many times and not visited. A Victorian castle built on the broken dreams of slaves and slate workers the owners splashed their considerable cash on this monstrous imposing building which dominates the landscape across the straights much as they dominated others. It is good that the "nation" now owns this building and the family who leeched here... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oh what a day...This is an entire wonderful Day experience.. well worth the money you spend... Beautiful ... historical.. Nice Garden,,,Great Train Museum ..Relaxing Walks.. Lovely Tea room... Interesting Gift Shop ..What a Nice Way to Spend the Day...Have a Special Outing... You will be delighted !!!!

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Willenhall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to visit while in Wales thought it was going to be a normal medieval castle what a surprise to find it was actually a holiday home for the rich in their heyday . The architecture was absolutely fantastic you cannot imagine how people built it that long ago no expense was spared and the room guides were very helpful... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only live an hour away but had never visited Penrhyn Castle before - we have really missed out! The inside of the building is stunning - well worth a visit!

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Gravenhurst, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This castle is built on midevil ruins, the present day castle is much more modern, they even had some plumbing. It had the most amazing ceilings, all carved some with skylights to brighten dark areas. The stained glass windows were amazing. The volunteers were very knowledgeable and interesting.

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