Penrhyn Castle and Garden
Your visit to the impressive Penrhyn Castle will open a world of history. From it’s dark history in slavery and slate, to it’s mock castle architecture, gardens and woodland, and stunning views across to the Menai Strait. Penrhyn Castle is a fantastic family day out and is certain to be a hit with the kids.
The castle itself is packed full of interesting artifacts. From beautiful carved plasterwork and furniture, a one tonne bed made of slate for Queen Victoria and a vast collection of artwork. There’s also the opportunity to go behind the scenes with a house tour (12-3pm, Saturday and Sunday).
The family history of the castle is a dark one, with its origins in the transatlantic slave trade, Jamaican sugar prosperity and north wales slate mining. A real highlight is the the restored Victorian kitchen. In the nearby stable building there’s also a railway museum where you can get hands-on with historic locomotives, and a lovely dolls’ museum with a collection dating from the 19th and 20th century.
With over 45 acres of beautiful gardens, woodland, a Victorian walled garden and a children’s play area, there’s plenty to keep the kids busy whilst you sit back and enjoy the breathtaking views across the Menai Strait and surrounding hills and Snowdonia’s mountains.
Besides enjoying a picnic in the grounds, Penrhyn Castle also offers a variety of food and drink options. These are available at the Stable Yard kiosk with hot and cold drinks, light snacks and ice cream.
Things to note:
- Baby changing and baby food heating facilities are available.
- Dogs are welcome in the grounds and surrounding woodland but must be on a lead where stated.
- Top tip – Get your kids active with the trail quiz available.
- Click here to check the opening times on the National Trust website.