Visiting Penrhyn Castle
Discover some of the wonderful and elaborately decorated rooms you can see on your visit to Penrhyn Castle. Open the door and step inside where the Pennant family and their famous guests dined and played in opulent fashion.
Things to see inside the castle at Penrhyn
You can’t help but be taken aback by the vast luxurious rooms, Gothic carved stairways and art on display. Hear stories of sugar and slate fortunes and delve ‘below stairs’ in the Victorian kitchens.
Where better to relax and unwind with a good book and a warming fire? Here, the family could play a game of billiards and enjoy a drink. This was also a place for quiet contemplation and study.
Pink colours are repeated throughout this room including the carpet and silk upholstered furniture. It’s hard to imagine this room was once used as an office, during the Second World War, by the car manufacturing company Daimler. The furniture is both solid and elegant and has remained functional to this day.
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 a mixture 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, 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 an early example of a fully flushing toilet. This would’ve been flushed with collected rainwater – a very environmentally friendly invention.
The Keep Bedrooms
A suite of rooms containing two bedrooms, a dressing room, sitting room, bathroom and toilet. These rooms would have been the bedrooms for Lord and Lady Penrhyn but were also the guest suite when Royalty visited.
One-ton slate bed
The Keep Bedrooms are currently the home of a one-ton slate bed which demonstrates the versality of the stone and a brass bed ‘fit for a king’, with its imperial crown placed on top which was commissioned for the visit of the Prince of Wales in 1894.
Far reaching views
These rooms command the best views of the Penrhyn estate as it disappears up into the Snowdonia mountain range and, on clear days, the Penrhyn Quarry is visible.
The Keep Bedrooms may only be available to see on tours, subject to availability. The Visitor Welcome Centre will be able to update you at the start of your visit.
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.
Tours of the Keep
Some areas within the Castle Keep may only be available to see on tours, subject to availability. The Visitor Welcome Centre will be able to update you at the start of your visit.
Penrhyn’s grounds and gardens are extensive and a feast for the senses. Find peace in the formal Walled Garden or explore the jungle-like Bog Garden.
Visit the Castle Café for delicious lunches and tempting cakes whilst the shop offers a range of locally sourced gifts. Browse the second-hand books for a bargain.
Penrhyn Castle's Railway Museum is dedicated to industrial locomotives. Find out how these engines helped to build the Pennant family wealth at Penrhyn.
Penrhyn Castle is the former home of the Pennant family built on the proceeds of the North Wales slate industry and sugar plantations in Jamaica.