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Family days out at Penrhyn Castle

A father and daughter playing with nature art in a wooden playhouse at the play area at Penrhyn Castle and Garden
Create some nature art at Penrhyn Castle's play area | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

A visit to Penrhyn Castle will keep the whole family entertained. Find out what delights to expect on your next visit.

Planning your family visit

Here’s the information you need at a glance to help plan your next day out at Penrhyn Castle:

  • Baby-changing facilities are available by the Visitor Welcome Centre, in the kitchen courtyard and in the Barbican archway.
  • Pushchairs are permitted on the castle's ground floor. At busy times you may be asked to leave these on entry.

Family-friendly events

Find out what we've got coming up for your next family visit:

May Half Term at Penrhyn Castle and Garden

May 25 - June 2

This May Half Term we are celebrating National Childrens Gardening week. Come and join us for some fun planting activities for all the family and to see our beautiful formal and wild gardens. The gardens will be buzzing with spring wildlife, get your magnifying glasses at the ready and become a garden detective to see what you can spot! And if you are looking to burn off a little energy there will be garden games and welly throwing fun.

Children on climbing frames in Rook Wood playground, Penrhyn Castle
Adventure into Rook Wood | © National Trust Images/Annapurna Mellor

Play areas at Penrhyn Castle

Looking for a place to go wild? We have two adventure playgrounds to choose from at Penrhyn Castle ready for your family visit.

Rook Wood

Just beyond the picnic tables near the stables courtyard entrance, you can find our playground in Rook Wood. Head up through the woodland to find the park where you can climb, swing and see-saw to your day away.

Cwt Ogwen

Our natural play area in Cwt Ogwen takes you down to the Ogwen River. Find the wooden archway in the main car park and follow the path down. Discover our hide, a perfect spot to play house, or to sit quietly and take in the sounds and sights of wildlife around you. For the little adventurers, the adventure playground is just up the path, have a go and see who can complete it fastest.

Visitor looking at the mountains of Snowdonia from Penrhyn Castle's garden at sunset

Discover more at Penrhyn Castle and Garden

Find out when Penrhyn Castle and Garden is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Explore the estate at Penrhyn Castle 

Why not take a stroll off the beaten track and visit the hide down by the River Ogwen. Families will also enjoy the natural play area. Remember to bring your wellies.

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Visiting Penrhyn Castle 

The castle exterior hides an opulent and lavishly decorated interior. A much-loved home to the Pennant family, learn about some of the glorious rooms you can see on your visit.

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Discover nature walk at Penrhyn Castle 

Enjoy a circular walk around the lesser-known parts of the castle grounds as you discover a diverse range of wildlife and nature that call this place home.

DistanceMiles: 1 (km: 1.6)