Owned by the National Trust, Penrhyn Castle is often referred to as a fantasy castle as the present building was actually built in the 19th century for a wealthy family. Originally a medieval manor house that was reconstructed to its present state; however, an original spiral staircase from the manor house remains as well as a vaulted basement.
Your tour starts by heading through the heart of Anglesey to the Menai Straits that separate Anglesey island from the Welsh mainland. Cross the Straits and here, close to the Welsh coastline, you will find the charming Penrhyn Castle. Although not necessarily a medieval castle, this fabulous fairytale-style castle is a more recent example of how a lived-in castle would have appeared in its day. Completed in 1837 by Thomas Hopper for the Pennant Family, the present castle was built over most of the original manor house buildings. The style is richly gothic with a distinctly Moorish flavor. A large collection of old masters was brought to the house in the nineteenth century, adding to the already extensive collection of family portraits. The collection is considered to be the finest in Wales outside the National Museum. A recently restored Victorian kitchen and domestic rooms add further interest to this visit.
The grounds are also an impressive example of estate parkland and include formal gardens, semi-wooded walks and a Victorian walled garden. Discover these at your leisure following your guided tour of the castle interior.
After approximately a 2-hour visit at the castle, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to Holyhead.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 hour of walking and there are 2 flights of stairs in the castle. While the stairs are not steep or narrow, not all have handrails. The tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns should evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes (please no heels that can damage the delicate flooring) and dress for the possibility of rain.