Penrhyn Castle (1), Bangor, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), North Wales. Location map
 
  Photo of Penrhyn Castle Gatehouse, Bangor, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, North Wales   Penrhyn Castle, Bangor.

You will first pass through this Gatehouse when you arrive at the castle. Its architecture gives a slight hint of what is to come.

 

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  Photo of Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd, Snowdonia, North Wales   Penrhyn Castle, Bangor.

This view includes most of the castle including the gigantic keep on the left. Penrhyn Castle was originally a medieval fortified manor house and, between 1822 and 1837, it was expanded and transformed beyond recognition to what you see today.

 

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Photo of Penrhyn Castle and buttercups, Bangor, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), Snowdonia, North Wales
  Penrhyn Castle, Bangor.

This gives a different view of the castle showing a mass of Buttercups at the right time of year (May). The building's design is based on that of a Norman castle and is one of the most admired of the numerous mock castles built in the United Kingdom in the 19th century.

 

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Photo of Penrhyn Castle courtyard and the railway museum, Bangor, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), Snowdonia, North Wales
  Penrhyn Castle, Bangor.

One thing you perhaps wouldn't expect to find in a place like Penrhyn Castle is a railway museum but there is one here. To the right in this courtyard there are some external exhibits but behind those windows there is the main part of the museum which includes a number of steam locomotives.

 

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  Photo of the garden entrance, Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Caernarfonshire (Gwynedd), Snowdonia, North Wales   Penrhyn Castle, Bangor.

There are 60 acres of grounds here of which the gardens are just a part. This is the entrance to the formal Walled Garden which is not adjacent to the house but is a short walk away. There is also a less formal Bog Garden which is more attractive than it may sound.

 

 

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