Explore this fantasy castle in North Wales, visit the Railway Museum and enjoy the gardens and grounds.
Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HT
Tel: 01248 353084
Animals, Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
One of the lovely family days out in Gwynedd is Penrhyn Castle, a magnificent 19th-century neo-Norman castle standing in breathtaking surroundings between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.
Children will be fascinated by the wonderfully elaborate interiors of this fantasy castle. See fine art, exotic furniture, a bed that was used in 1894 by the future King Edward VII and a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria.
Pause to appreciate the detail in carvings and plasterwork. Discover the history of the castle and learn about the family who owned it. Descend ’below stairs’ to visit the restored Victorian kitchens.
Outside are 60 acres of gardens and grounds with parkland, an exotic shrub and tree collection, a Victorian walled garden and lawns that are perfect for family picnics and play.
Follow nature trails through the woods and take the children to let off steam in the adventure playground and outdoor gym.
Don’t miss the Bog Garden – dominated by enormous gunnera plants, it’s just like a jungle and great fun for young adventurers!
Before heading out to the more remote parts of the castle grounds to discover the wildlife, visit Penrhyn Castle’s Railway Museum with its collection of industrial locomotives, some of which were used in the Penrhyn Quarry.
Pop into the stable yard coffee shop for refreshments and let the kids play with the mini train set while you relax.
The year-round programme of events includes family fun days, steam days in the Railway Museum, falconry and children’s activities such as seasonal trails and opportunities to tick off some of the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4’.
A children’s quiz trail and guide are available.