Penrhyn Castle - National Trust

Penrhyn Castle - National Trust
Penrhyn Castle
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 4HN
Wales

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle

E-mail

penrhyncastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01248 353 084

Fax

01248 371 281

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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This enormous neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. Built by Thomas Hopper between 1820 and 1845 for the wealthy Pennant family, who made their fortune from Jamaican sugar and Welsh slate, the castle is crammed with fascinating things such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria. Hopper also designed its interior with elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. The castle contains an outstanding collection of paintings. The Victorian kitchen and other servants’ rooms, including scullery, larders and chef’s sitting room, have been restored to reveal the preparations for the banquet for the Prince of Wales’ visit in 1894. The stable block houses an industrial railway museum, a model railway museum and a superb dolls’ museum displaying a large collection of 19th- and 20th-century dolls. The 18.2ha (45 acres) of grounds include parkland, an extensive exotic tree and shrub collection and a Victorian walled garden.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

22 March-31 October
Mon Wed-Sun 1200-1630

Admission charges

Adult: £11.50
Child: £5.75
Family: £28.75

Discounts

  • National Trust

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Playing in the woods

Wild in the Woods Summer Club

  • 29 — 31 July 2014 *on now
  • 5 — 7 August 2014
  • 12 — 14 August 2014
  • 19 — 21 August 2014
  • 26 — 28 August 2014

Wild in the Woods clubs start at 09:00, so there is plenty of time to explore the site, build your own den in the woods and have a great time with loads of games and activities, including making craft items to take home!

The sessions are open to 8 year olds and over. Wild in the Woods clubs run every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the school holidays, between 09:00 and 17:00.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

£40.00 per child for three days playscheme.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of tree

Tree Trek

  • 31 July 2014 2-3pm

Come on this walk lead by our gardener. He will reveal bizarre facts, incredible histories and fascinating folklore about our impressive collection of trees. He will be pointing out trees planted by royalty, trees with nesting birds of prey and trees of astonishing age.

Please meet under the clock at the end of the stable block. Directions and a map are available from the Visitor Centre.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of goldfinches

Wild Nature: Discover the Birds and Mammals

  • 4 August 2014 12-4pm

Drop in and discover what animals live around the castle!

The outdoor education team from local social enterprise Wild Elements will be here to help you tick off activities on your '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' list.

Weather dependent these will include... 34. Track wild animals and 44. Go bird watching.

You will also have the opportunity to look at the different techniques used to gather data on animals and have a go at bird bingo!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Girl in the wood

Castle Entertainment

  • 7 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 14 August 2014 11am-4pm

Join us for a jam packed family fun day of games, crafts, Ruston engine rides, greenwood working demonstrations, storytelling and face painting.

Fun for all the family. Children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Feet

Wild Nature: House of Fun

  • 11 August 2014 12-4pm

Drop in and get busy building - everything from dens to bug hotels!

The outdoor education team from local social enterprise Wild Elements will be here to help you tick off activities on your '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' list.

Weather dependent these will include... 1. Climb a tree; 4. Build a den; 13. Make a mud pie; 24. Go on a walk barefoot; 36. Make a home for a wild animal.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photogrpah of dandelion

Invading Alien Plants

  • 14 August 2014 2-3pm

Join our gardener on a walk around the castle grounds and discover more about the plants that are trying to take over our gardens, where they came from and what we are doing to try and combat them.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

Girl carrying wood

Wild Nature: Wild Art

  • 18 August 2014 12-4pm

Drop in and have some arty fun with natural materials you find at your feet! The outdoor education team from local social enterprise Wild Elements will be here to help you tick off activities on your '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' list.

Weather dependent these will include... 13. Make a mud pie; 16. Make a daisy chain; 18. Create some wild art and 25. Make a grass trumpet.

You can create your own natural art masterpiece on the Penrhyn Castle lawn!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of colourful kite

Wild Nature: Find the Way

  • 25 August 2014 12-4pm

Drop in and discover lots of different ways to navigate outside, so you'll never have to worry about getting lost again!

The outdoor education team from local social enterprise Wild Elements will be here to help you tick off activities on your '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' list.

Weather dependent these will include... 2. Roll down a really big hill; 7. Fly a kite; 12. Make a trail with sticks; 45. Find your way with a map and compass and 49. Find a geocache.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of fungi

Finding Fungi

  • 25 September 2014 2-3pm

Join a member of our Outdoors Team on a walk in the castle's grounds to discover what fantastic fungi is here.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

photograph of red berries

Power of Plants

  • 16 October 2014 2-3pm

Join our gardener for a walk around the castle gardens to discover the medicinal and mystical properties of some of our plants. He will be happy to share his enthusiasm and insight for the intriguing world of plants and their surprising uses.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/penrhyn-castle/things-to-see-and-do/events/

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