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19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings

This enormous 19th-century neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait.

It's crammed with fascinating items, such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria, elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. It also has an outstanding collection of paintings.

The restored kitchens are a delight and the stable block houses a fascinating industrial railway museum and a model railway museum.

The 24.3 hectares (60 acres) of grounds include parkland, an exotic tree and shrub collection as well as a Victorian walled garden.

A snapshot of a grand design

Take a wander through the maze of opulent rooms, vaulted corridors and gothic stairways. See where the servants worked and some great Victorian innovations.

Halloween: Calling ghouls of all ages...

Penrhyn Castle Halloween Experience
24 to 31 October, 11am-4pm

The Boggle and Shapeshifter
30 & 31 October, 12pm and 2pm

Twilight Tours
24 and 27 to 31 October @ 6pm, 7.30pm and 9pm

Artists in Residence project: A new opportunity

National Trust Wales and the Arts Council of Wales are looking for experienced artists to be part of their Artists in Residence project at Penrhyn Castle

Meet Merryweather

Conservation in action at Penrhyn Castle railway museum © Penrhyn Castle

Large Victorian country houses such as Penrhyn Castle were often at risk of house fires. At long last Penrhyn Castle has been reunited with her fire engine, the Merryweather. When it arrived it was in need of full conservation, and thanks to an award from players of People’s Postcode Lottery we are able to stabilise the structure.

Meet Merryweather

Ongoing restoration work on the Merryweather fire engine © Penrhyn Castle

Tim Martin, a metal conservator, has just started work on making the fire engine stable. The work will involve repairing the wheels, the driver's seat, conserving the interior of the pumps and steam chest and removing the oxidised grease coating. The work is being carried out in full view of visitors within the Railway Museum. Well worth a visit.

Meet Merryweather

The wheels are off.  Restoration begins. © Penrhyn Castle

Tim has taken the wheels off to be repaired; in the meantime he can access the steam engine and boiler to make some alterations. Tim will be working on the restoration of the Merryweather fire engine over the next couple of months. Keep an eye on his progress by visiting the railway museum or you can follow his efforts on our Facebook page and on our website.

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