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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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Lovely castle amazing ceilings

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Pam M
Gravenhurst, Canada
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Gravenhurst, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank Pam M
Ripon, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What an exceptional house! So surprised by this castle, spent so much time chatting and wandering around the house that we never saw the gardens. The main reception / foyer / hallway as well as the main living room with all the oak panelling are amazing. As is the main stairway. The staff very knowledgeable and helpful.The Irish lady truly... More 

Thank Jake-Charles
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not really a castle it was a holdiay home built for to look like a castle for a extremly rich person from what we where told by one of the staff. But it is very impressive the house is amazing but my favorite part was the steam museum i loved every minute of looking around and reading the items about... More 

Thank Sirwolfe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Arrived at the castle only to find it all locked up even though we had been through the visitor area and the tills etc. There was no mention then that the castle didn't open till 12pm. Needless to say there were a few people waiting to get in. As this was one of the open doors events in the area... More 

Thank Janinnwales
Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely visit with three generations of family. My father was in a wheelchair and the ground floor was all easily accessible. There was a continual piano recital in the main reception in the centre of the castle which made a great atmosphere. The cafe was small but serving efficient. The views of the sea are wonderful from... More 

Thank holidayhelen291
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a really nice day at this castle, the grounds are lovely and the castle itself is really grand inside, the trust does a great job at allowing dogs in which is great when you have a dog as part of your family. There is a tea room and a nice little cafe, and the normal national trust shop.... More 

Thank Lorraine182
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Has a day going round and was amazing. amazing building and paintings. grounds are 1st class as well. A must see in wales.

Thank llanelli4
Pickering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a very wet day in Wales so decided to go here. Caught the mini bus up to the castle because of the weather. The interiors are stunning and well worth a visit. Plenty of room stewards and information sheets in the rooms. Great tea room where I enjoyed a cream tea. Loved the railway museum, didn't see the... More 

Thank n0rm55e
Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just passed the sign and though why not. Was pleasantly surprised. First we explored the train museum before we entered the house. We learnt how forward thinking the family where. In door toilets, hand painted wallpaper, a staircase that took 10 years to complete due to the amount of carving involved, ice houses, meat store's, in door bathrooms. The kitchen... More 

Thank leaseduffield
Hampshire, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This castle was built in the Victorian era to mimic the stunning builds of the Norman castles. Even though this isn't an original Welsh Castle it does not disappoint. This place contains some of the most stunning architecture in the whole of the UK. Added to that are beautiful walled gardens and views of the coast.

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