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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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Amazing Holiday Home!

Penrhyn Castle was built to show off wealth and it does just that. The castle has 200 rooms and was built as a holiday home for the owner of the slate quarry. The entrance hall... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Manchester, United Kingdom
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Llanarmon-yn-Ial, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having been to Plas Newydd yesterday Penrhyn came second. Very little history of the castle & Pennant family on view. Railway museum very interesting - good day out, slightly spoilt by a sarcastic comment from one miserable volunteer/guide but that's another story and should be no reflection on all of the other cheerful & helpful guides.

Thank JXG27
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Penrhyn Castle was built to show off wealth and it does just that. The castle has 200 rooms and was built as a holiday home for the owner of the slate quarry. The entrance hall is more like the proportions of a cathedral. It was truly amazing. The staff in the castle were very friendly and welcoming and there is... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place it where I'd live if money was not a factor. Penrhyn Castle is not a castle in the traditional sense. It is similar to Bolsover Castle in that it a build by someone who had too much money and decided they wanted their own castle but with all the modcons. However Penrhyn is much newer, it has running... More 

Thank Tamara W
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Went for a day out with my little boys and husband. We really enjoyed all the activities that were on offer- some painting, lawn games and face painter too. She was one of the best face painters I've seen!!! Lots to see and do at the castle, well worth a visit. We will go back again as we didn't get... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Penrhyn Castle was built to impress and show off the wealth of the Pennant family. Designed by Thomas Hopper and built between 1822 and 1837, you are struck by the magnificent opulence as soon as you enter the house. You can marvel at the local craftsmanship of the stone and woodwork, wonder through beautifully furnished and decorated rooms and take... More 

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Weston-super-Mare, England, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Came mid afternoon and was limited in time. Would have liked to have stayed longer. The ceilings and carvings were amazing and so different in each room.

Thank Lorraine B
Essex, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not an ancient castle but fascinating just the same No expense spared when it was built and furnished. Most rooms had the Wow factor. The grounds are ideal to spend a few hours too

Thank Tony C
Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The castle was lovely, and the quizzes given to the kids were split into age ranges - the best quizzes we've seen from a property of this type. Lovely building, helpful volunteers as usual for a national trust site. Free with national trust membership. The play ground was described as "adventure" but is was actually quite small and mainly outdoor... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wales is well provided with castles, dating back to the reign of Edward I, in various states of preservation, so it seems odd that Penrhyn, built 600 years later should be added to them. On the day of our visit the leaden skies and the fine drizzle rendered its appearance even more sombre than usual. The railway museum located within... More 

Thank Mike and Pat O
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Built with no expense spared, there is much to see in this castle, which is the process of extensive restoration. With illustrious visitors such as Queen Victoria (twice) and Queen Elizabeth II it is clear from the outset as you go into the Dining Hall,that large and lavish dinner parties have been very much part of things. Though it is... More 

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