Take a look inside Penrhyn Castle
Open the door and step inside where the Pennant family and their famous guests dined and played in opulent fashion.
Discover just some of the wonderful and elaborately decorated rooms you can see on your visit to Penrhyn Castle.
You can’t help but be taken aback by the vast luxurious rooms, Gothic stairways and fine art on display. Hear tales of star-crossed lovers, sugar and slate fortunes and delve ‘below stairs’ into the Victorian kitchens.
Where better to relax and unwind with a good book and a crackling fire? The family could enjoy a game of billiards and a drink or two, or retire to the private and calming ‘carrel’, a place for quiet contemplation and study.
Welcome to the Drawing Room, with its warm hues reminding us of the feminine influence that once dominated this room. This effect was spoiled slightly when the room was used as an office by the car manufacturing company Daimler during the Second World War. You can see lots of examples of William IV furniture in this room, furniture that is both solid and elegant, for example the card table and chairs with barley twist legs.
This is the room where Lady Penrhyn would write her letters and organise domestic arrangements with her staff, because it was close to the servants' quarters. It's home to an exciting array of exotic furniture, including mahogany on the low chairs imported from Sri Lanka. The beautiful wallpaper is 17th century and, although sadly faded now, would've made for a dazzling display on the walls.
This spacious apartment, together with its own dressing room, was reserved for important guests, including royalty. With its luxuriously drafted four poster bed this room would've been the height of comfort, with its particularly comfortable chairs for having an early or late tea in the bedroom. Next door is a fully flushing early toilet, which would've been flushed by suspended rainwater.
This room houses a brass bed ‘fit for a king’, with its imperial crown placed on top. It was the bed used by the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VII, when he visited in 1894. On the walls are ornithological pictures featuring a range of birds you may well have once found in the estate grounds.
(The Kings's Bedroom and other areas of the keep may only be available to see on tours, subject to availability. Please ask at the Visitor Welcome Centre for more information)
Lower India Room
This room is the last room that Hugh Napier (the Fourth Lord Penrhyn), lived in after he was divorced. The room is a reflection of the ‘East’, a label that was attached to anything that came from afar, and many of the things in the room have a Chinese or Japanese origin.
Why not take a sneek peek at the fabulous interior by watching the video below?