Penrhyn Castle - National Trust

Penrhyn Castle - National Trust
Penrhyn Castle
LL57 4HN




01248 353 084


01248 371 281

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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

Please check the National Trust website before visiting.

Admission charges

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


  • 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.
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


Normal admission charges apply: Adult: £11.50, Child: £5.75


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


Normal admission charges apply: Adult: £11.50, Child: £5.75