This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait in beautiful Northern Wales. It is 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, a model railway museum and a superb dolls’ museum. The 60 acres of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden.
The property’s owner, Richard Pennent, made his fortune in the Jamaica slave trade and when the English legislated against slavery he turned to slate mining. The property passed to George Hay Dawkins-Pennant who transformed the property. The present building was created between 1820 and 1840 almost completely covering the previous structure; however, a spiral staircase from the original property can still be seen, and a vaulted basement and other masonry were incorporated into the new structure.
Wander through lavishly furnished state rooms. Enjoy one of the finest art collections in Wales. Explore the warren of workrooms in the servants’ area. Relax in the formal Victorian garden. Tour the Railway and Doll Museums. Admire the expansive view. Penrhyn Castle is a great place to spend the day.