Signs of Spring at Penrhyn Castle

Snowdrops at Penrhyn Castle on a beautiful winter's day

As the day stretches, we look forward to seeing the castle and garden wake up once more, and to see the wonderful colours that spring brings. Here’s an overview of what to expect when visiting.

Hope Trail

11 February – 6 March

The seasons are changing, can you spot the signs? As part of Bangor Celebrating St David’s Day events, we are celebrating the daffodil and other early spring flowers that bring so much joy this time of year. This trail is great for all the family, so come for some fresh air, fun activities and to find out more about the spring flowers that represent hope at the end of winter.

Spring at Penrhyn Castle
Spring at Penrhyn Castle
Spring at Penrhyn Castle

Re-opening the Castle Doors

5 March 

Following a thorough deep clean and maintenance work on the house and collections, the castle doors will be re-opening on March 5th. More of the castle will be opening this year, including upstairs whenever possible, so there’s plenty to explore! 

Inside the castle, you can discover the What a World exhibition which explores objects in the Penrhyn collection that link to our colonial past through the creative eyes of local schoolchildren and poets. In April, another exhibition will be launched which will explore the relationship between the castle and the local slate industry and its role in the World Heritage Site. This exhibition comes as part of an ongoing project, Tu Hwnt i’r Castell (Beyond Penrhyn) which reaches out into and works in partnership with our local communities.

A short account of the African slave trade, by Robert Norris
the book, A short account of the African slave trade, by Robert Norris open in front of library shelves
A short account of the African slave trade, by Robert Norris

Easter Adventures in Nature at Penrhyn Castle

April 11 - 18

We’re bringing back our Easter Adventures in Nature trail this spring! We are welcoming the swallows back to Penrhyn Castle so keep an eye out for the returning birds as you admire the incredible views of the coast. The Easter trail at Penrhyn Castle will help you connect to nature as you follow the movements of these migratory birds and there might be a chance to win a sweet treat at the end!

Trail packs cost £3 each, in addition to entry fees for the house and gardens.