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Group and school visits to Penrhyn Castle

Children learning about the property at Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, Wales
Bring your school group to Penrhyn Castle, Wales | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Penrhyn Castle is brimming with history and full of interesting objects to discover. There are plenty of secrets to unearth, many with close ties to the local communities and history.  Delve into the history of Penrhyn and fill inquisitive minds keen to learn with the stories from the past.

School visits to Penrhyn

Discover the treasures of Penrhyn Castle with your school or educational group. Whether you want some time to explore for yourselves or to be guided by a member of the team, there’s plenty to see each time you visit.

Self-led visits

Why not bring your class or year group and let them explore for themselves with a self-led visit? Discovering Penrhyn Castle in your own time means that you can explore the luxurious interiors or enjoy discovering the historic walled garden and grounds. For self-led group visits you will still need to book your visit in advance.

Pre-booking is required. Normal admission prices apply.

Children running along a fern-lined path in the garden at Penrhyn Castle, Gwynedd, Wales
Enjoy exploring the garden at Penrhyn Castle | © National Trust Images/Arnhel de Serra

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Find inspiration at Penrhyn Castle

As you explore inside the castle, you’ll be able to talk to our friendly room guides, who'll be happy to share their enthusiasm for Penrhyn Castle and its history.

Every day is full of new and stimulating learning experiences, with new discoveries being made by our team in the collection regularly. Delve deeper into and be inspired by almost 600 years of history, from its early beginnings as a medieval fortified manor house to more recent stories and local history.

A group of visitors in the railway museum at Penrhyn Castle and Garden, North Wales
Group of visitors in the Railway Museum at Penrhyn Castle and Garden | © National Trust Images/Rob Stothard

Booking your group visit at Penrhyn Castle

To reserve your visit or if you have any questions or would like further information, please email or call us on 01248 353084.

Penrhyn Castle and Garden is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at

Education Group Access Pass

Schools or education groups can benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives the whole group free admission and parking at most of the places in our care for a year.

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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