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“Fab castle with lots to see and do”
Review of Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle
Ranked #2 of 23 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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed April 5, 2018

We went on the Easter weekend with two young boys - first visit to this Castle.

They had the Cadbury's Easter trail but even better was the Bee trail full of interesting facts. Had we realised, this second trail took us past three Geocaches in the grounds.

Castle itself is mock Norman which on one hand isn't real but on the other is in great repair and one doesn't need an imagination to really see what a castle might have been like.

Inside there is lots more to see, from the kitchens, to railway artefacts and of course the cafe.

Great views out to the Irish sea and hills. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
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"national trust"
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"stately home"
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"train museum"
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"well worth a visit"
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"shuttle bus"
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"queen victoria"
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"lovely grounds"
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"tea room"
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"bog garden"
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"extensive grounds"
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"country house"
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"car park"
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in 18 reviews

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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Visiting today and despite the wet weather we had a lovely afternoon, our daughter enjoyed the Cadbury Easter egg trail! The vintage steam trains and beautiful house are fabulous - well worth a visit

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 3, 2018

The castle (okay, mock castle), is superbly attractive inside and out with some absolutely stunning views.

The downside is that the castle doesn't open until 12, but the site opens at 10:30. We got on an early bird tour and were very disappointed. It was just a lot of talking about the members of the family who owned it (and were obviously disgusting people taking every advantage they could by trading in slaves, destroying local industry for their profits etc). We only got to see 2 rooms in 35 mins, when I would have preferred less chat and more rooms, so we could get a flavour of the house without the crowds. So visit the place, but go round on your own if you just want to see the beautiful rooms.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Paul C
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Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Wow.... after visiting many castles throughout the UK this took us by surprise.. . The castle somewhere 1800 could actually be a stately home... No expense spared back in the day.. The attention to detail is amazing.. the 100 plus doors all built by hand and locally mind blowing.. the wood finishes fantastic.. The italian style ceiling...so much to see.. Didn't want for anything. Being Easter we had an Easter egg hunt for the family... Great visit

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

We usually like ruins and old castles so we were not sure what to expect. What a nice surprise it was! Even the not so easily impressed teenagers were walking around with their mouth open. The amount of work put into the interiors, all the details, sculpting and hand made furniture were stunning. It was sad to hear that someone would deliberately destroy parts of it by smashing pieces with hammers and painting the ceilings white. Gardens and views were also beautiful. There is also railway exhibition with interesting displays. Great place for a family visit.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Justyna W
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