Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle, Bangor: Hours, Address, Penrhyn Castle Reviews: 4.5/5

Penrhyn Castle
4.5
Speciality Museums • Castles
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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 an outstanding collection of paintings.The restored kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum.The 24.3 hectares (60 acres) of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Linda7491
London, United Kingdom144 contributions
Depressing building
Oct 2021 • Couples
Despite it being a damp, grey day the Castle does nothing to lift spirits! It's a very sombre, depressing place. Built as a folly not a real castle and only to impress Queen Victoria! There aren't many paintings to decorate the walls, the corridors are dark, there is nothing at all homely or even resembling a place which has been lived in. For us the amount charged for entrance wasn't good value as there is little to see. A large garden which on a dry day would be good to wander around.
Written October 13, 2021
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Drew D
County Armagh, UK3 contributions
Penryn a place made of sugar …………..and
Oct 2021 • Friends
It’s National Trust so you expect to pay a premium. Despite reading previous reviews , it’s very easy to find the Castle/home at the top of the hill. …………… it really is eye catching to see Penryn from the outside. However, seeing chipboard in a few of the windows is a tad disappointing.

On entry there are easy “walk this way” signs which make it fairly straightforward to wander.

The entry video by the school children is pleasant enough, it raised my awareness that penryn had been built using money from slaves and sugar.

Whilst I agree with other reviews that it is a little dark to see everything , that doesn’t detract from the beauty of the rooms you are allowed to see.

Once you have strolled through what appears to be a very small part of Penryn you are met by the inevitable gift shop and cafe.

The walled gardens are amazing and the bog garden took my breath away.

On the whole, am I glad I went ?????

Yes, it was a peaceful and unhurried trip around somewhere beautiful.

Even though it could be argued that the whole place is really nothing more than some grand folly and simply showing off how much money you have.

I just wish more of it was open to see, something that no doubt will be explained away by using the “C” word ……….. COVID !!!

Whether anybody reads this bothers me not, if the 2 young American chaps we gave our tickets to managed to sneak in then I will be forever chuckling ……… almost as much as I’m sure the gardeners used to when sitting in there room based above the dung pit……….
Written October 13, 2021
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Karen A
Northiam, UK27 contributions
Very disappointing
Sep 2021
A very interesting place, which has sadly failed to capitalise on its assets. We were very disappointed that the tour of the house was completely lacking in any useful information, preferring the thoughts of random 10 year olds rather than informed facts.
It would appear that the staff have used lockdown to remove any historical information and replace it with woke ideology. This becomes very obvious by the stark contrast with the excellent kitchen displays, which were very explanatory, and if the same attitude had been taken to above stairs, I think the message would have been just as clear. It would appear that the owner was an unpleasant person who exploited his workers at home and overseas and was only interested in show.
How much better to explain this through displaying the trappings of his wealth rather than ignoring this wonderful collection and showcasing subjective thoughts in blackened rooms.
This ridiculous kow-towing to passing trends illustrates how we are in danger of being unable to learn from history if its custodians choose to rewrite it rather than preserve it.
Shame on you, National Trust - I no longer trust you.
Written October 5, 2021
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antano2013
Leicester, UK347 contributions
A very expensive walk!
Sep 2021
We visited during ‘ COVID times’ so we wanted to walk in the grounds but not venture indoors. So very disappointed to find that the entrance fee is all or nothing, so it was an extremely expensive wander! There are some nice outdoor picnic tables but yet again, food in the cafe was very expensive.
A plus was the very helpful nature of the volunteers.
We certainly wouldn’t return.
Written October 1, 2021
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wanderlust152015
United Kingdom80 contributions
The castle that's not really a castle!
Sep 2021
The grounds were beautiful, and it was easy to find the Walled Garden and the Bog Garden. They were very well-kept, and the Walled Garden was popular with dragonflies!

Ignore the comments about the castle itself being "full of woke ideology and nonsense". We visited the "What a World!" exhibition, featuring writing (mainly poetry) by children from a local primary school, and their understanding of the castle's links to the slave trade and colonialism was very mature and profound.

The railway museum and second-hand bookshop in the courtyard are well worth a visit, and the gift shop was very nice.

The guides were all very knowledgeable, especially an enthusiastic lady outside the castle (I've forgotten her name, unfortunately), who welcomed us, told us a little bit about the history of the castle - which, as some other reviewers have mentioned, is not officially a castle! - and recommended a good walking route.
Written September 28, 2021
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cennenypedr
Wales738 contributions
When is a castle not a castle
Sep 2021
Sadly arrived quite late so didn't have a lot time to see it all but did go round the house.
Walking from the Car park to the castle we found the signposting very poor and having wasted valuable time we found someone to ask how to get in.
I think we may not have seen it all due to covid but what we did see was interesting. . Guides are very informative
Written September 27, 2021
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Bodblod
Beccles, UK205 contributions
Hidden gem
Sep 2021 • Couples
Hidden gem. Beautifully set out house and garden. Easy access for all. Worth a visit peaceful location and great views all around
Written September 26, 2021
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RichSid
Maldon, UK93 contributions
dark castle
Sep 2021
What a gloomy depressing building, full of woke idealogy and nonsense. The rooms have an awful atmosphere, made worse by the fact that the national trust no longer believes in opening curtains.

There is all types of history and why do we need to have to apologise for what previous generations did, where do you stop?

The location and gardens are a saving grace,

The above reasons are why we didnt renew our NT membership a few years ago.
Written September 21, 2021
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zenith1
Congleton, UK474 contributions
Lovely gardens
Sep 2021
The castle was well laid out for Covid and everything was clearly marked. There were a lot of poems and writings be local children which were rather sweet. None of the upstairs was open which was a pity.
The gardens were lovely and well tended. There were some lovely views from the castle.
Written September 17, 2021
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Ann R
1 contribution
beautiful castle ruined by woke and not even done properly
Sep 2021
Used to be one of our favourite places but rooms now showing hints of the passed with the use of poems etc. from children. The mourning room which is so interesting now used to display stuffed birds and background in darkness?? the grand dining room showing a message case with the surroundings as a backdrop ignored. concerned on the light boxes glaring at the pictures.
Learnt nothing of the slave and sugar past of family. Could have been shown and informed of history so that we can learn of the wrong doings and ensure they are not repeated.
won't been visiting again for a long time
And should they be charging full price entry with only half the castle open?
Written September 13, 2021
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Penrhyn Castle is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM