We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Review of Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle
Ranked #1 of 39 things to do in Bangor
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Absolutely stunning castle inside and out, the most amazing opulence I have ever seen. Shame it was was all built on the blood sweat and tears of slaves both in wales and jamaica! Massive shame the slaves lived in misery and never even had a chance of witnessing the fruits of their labour! But richard pennant did the glutinous consumer was pretending to be royalty on their labour quite literally living like a king. Aushwitz is preserved as a stark warning for future generations not to repeat past mistakes, the history of this place should be revealed openly to its visitors, and not glossed .its a demonstration as to the injustice of one mans greed. The national trust should not own this, it should be bequeathed equally to every jamaican and welsh slave family name who actually earned it. Other than the repugnant injustice of it all the venue is stunning and the staff very friendly. We had a great day but the chapel confused me as I wondered how one man could be so self centered and morally bankrupt even though he incorporated a moral compass in the castle? He must have never visited his chapel

1  Thank harry_ d
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,017)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

739 - 743 of 1,017 reviews

Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

My brother, dad and I only visited by chance, and it was definitely a fantastic find! It's absolutely fabulous, with so much to see. There's so much culture with such an interesting story behind it! It's set in a beautiful location and is the type of place you can easily spend all day looking at. I particularly enjoyed the gardens because they were so peaceful. On the day we visited, they were offering a tour around some rooms that normally aren't open to the public and haven't been touched since the early 1900s, and of the roof. The view from the roof is breathtaking and we were lucky enough to go up there on a sunny day. It's great value for money and is something I would recommend everyone saw!!

1  Thank KittyHarvey
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We visited a few years ago and remember an audio tour which we were expecting....sadly not. Information about each room was lacking and although there were room guides if they were already chatting it entailed a wait each time which with children is not always a good thing. Rooms did feel dark and gloomy and not somewhere you really wanted to linger.....also the signage pointing out the way round was small and a few times we realised we had gone in the wrong door! A real shame, we had high hopes and as we are NT members were pleased we hadn't stumped up the entrance fee. The bus driver was great and told us many interesting facts and the food worked very well.

2  Thank Suesx
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We went here on the day we picked due to them having activities on for the children. They got to make a bird from scratch. (although craft supplies were very limited) I must say I was impressed though as we are members of the national trust and it is the first time in 19 months we have visited a venue that actually has the 50 things to do booklets to complete. we were allowed to fill in the book with stickers for things they have already done. the castle itself is good. I am still in shock that kings bed and room were not more extravagant? I wont spoil it by telling you anymore about the rooms, you will have to wait and see for yourself. There is no lifts so be warned of this for buggies and wheelchairs. kids were given a quiz which asked questions about things in the rooms, a good way to keep them interested. while we were there they had three harpists performing in the main hall who were amazing. make sure you visit the walled garden and make your way to the bird watching post. lovely to look over the gardens. the children's adventure playground area is ok but not really for under 5's in my opinion. There are not enough picnic benches. overall had a great time.

1  Thank shaljones
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Lots of rooms to see throughout the Castle including the Living Quarters, Grand Hall and the Kitchens all accessible by wheelchair. The upper floors are accessed by stairs only,the stable courtyard where the railway exhibition is cobbled. There are two cafes and a shop and a accessible toilet within the castle.

There are two car parks; Main Car park is at the bottom of the castle with Accessible Toilet and a Wheelchair Accessible shuttle mini bus. The other car park is next to the castle for disabled blue badge holders

Please be aware; if you are in a manual wheelchair there is slopped gravel pathway to the castle entrance so you may need assistance from a strong person , I was using my Powered Wheelchair which wasn't a problem....

Thank Gary W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Penrhyn Castle also viewed

Bethesda, Bangor

Been to Penrhyn Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing