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“Another NT gem”
Review of Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Visited on the 2012 jubilee weekend when the attraction for children was the teddy bears picnic and Wallace and gromit films being shown in the grounds. Grounds super with excellent children's play park set away and hidden from house. Cafe nice, food and drink a little pricey but nice surroundings to eat in.

Thank J W
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NT_R_Williams, General Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

I'm really pleased you had a lovely time with us, and I hope that you'll be able to come back to us some time soon for another event, or just a stroll in the gardens (we will have better weather this year, I'm sure!).

We're working hard on our core menus this year to make sure that our catering offer represents good value for money - your comments on the price are definitely noted - however any profit we make from our tearooom at Pehrnyn goes directly to the care and conservation of the castle, so in the meantime, thank you for that additional help.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

A hideous building, massively constructed by a slate tycoon with no taste but only had business sense . Everything is over sized , except for the small transport museum

1  Thank Charles C
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NT_R_Williams, General Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Hi, Thanks for your review, and I'm sorry you found the building gloomy. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the architect who designed the building was very well regarded. We're also really lucky still to have many of the original interiors and furnishings in most rooms; as well as good late Victorian kitchen.

Quite a lot of the visitors are amazed that such a huge and imposing building was only built in the 1800s, and you're right that it was as much about showing off the wealth as anything else.

The castle is also set in the most magnificent coastal North Wales landscape which on a sunny day like today is as far from gloomy as it could be.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

I have been to Penrhyn a couple of times and you can really spend a full day exploring everything the castle and estate has to offer. The car park is situated an easy 5 min walk away from the castle and there are a few steep inclines in the gardens and a few stairs in the house, but nothing too strenuous. This is a national trust property, so if you are a member like me, then it is a free day out, if not i think the admission is around £10 but it is worth every penny. A s a very imposing Victorian/gothic castle, Penrhyn has many rooms in keeping with the castle's history. Both above and below stairs charts the history of how people used to live in the castle. There is also a tea room, shop and even an engine room to explore. A wonderful way to spend a day, a definite must see attraction in North Wales.

Thank Sarah K M
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NT_R_Williams, General Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2013

Thanks for your review, and I'm really pleased you had a lovely time here. It's great to hear that you didn't just get the time to have a look in the castle, but managed to explore the grounds as well - the walled garden is a real delight. Do come back and visit us again this year if you can.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

well worth a visit ,full of history ,house well looked after staff friendly and full of information ,grounds are spectacular worth a look .cafe also lovely cream teas worth having

Thank elma t
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NT_R_Williams, Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

Thanks for posting your review - we really appreciate all the feedback. I hope you are able to come back and visit us again soon.

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Reviewed November 16, 2012

What a fabulous place,really pleased we visited Penrhyn castle during half term .I'm sure the rain follows me to places that have lovely gardens and stops me from having a good look around.
The national trust office where you pay to enter the castle is a five minute walk to the castle,on the day we visited it was pouring down with rain and thankfully they have a minibus giving visitors a lift to and from the castle which was very welcome.
The castle is beautiful inside and out,with lots to see inside including the stunning dining room where the Queen had a meal during her golden jubilee celebrations in 2002.
The guides were very friendly,we got chatting to one man who told us a wonderful story about The Conversion of St Hubert painting in the same room as the marvelous rembrandt,that links his wife and him to the picture during a couple of holidays abroad.
There is a chance for everyone to dress up in the kitchen for a photo shoot and then go into the very reasonable priced cafe.There's so much more to see and do,I recommend Penrhyn castle to everyone.

Thank Mozcity1977
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NT_R_Williams, Manager at Penrhyn Castle, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2013

It's really good to hear that you had such a good time with us - do come back when the weather is good again and have a look at the gardens - they're a hidden gem - especially the walled garden!

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