Penrhyn Castle on Bangor Gwynedd travel guide
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This enormous neo-Norman castle sits between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. Built by Thomas Hopper between 1820 and 1845 for the wealthy Pennant family, who made their fortune from Jamaican sugar and Welsh slate, the castle is crammed with fascinating things such as a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria.

Hopper also designed its interior with elaborate carvings, plasterwork and mock-Norman furniture. The castle contains an outstanding collection of paintings. The Victorian kitchen and other servants' rooms, including scullery, larders and chef's sitting room, have been restored to reveal the preparations for the banquet for the Prince of Wales' visit in 1894.

The stable block houses an industrial railway museum, a model railway museum and a superb dolls' museum displaying a large collection of 19th and 20th-century dolls. The 18.2ha (45 acres) of grounds include parkland, an extensive exotic tree and shrub collection and a Victorian walled garden.

You can celebrate here an unique and unusual venue with high quality services and magnificent views over the best location in North Wales, Snowdonia National Park.
There is a dark side however to Penrhyn Castle and the Pennant family… the families’ connection with the slave trade.

The castle belonged to the Pennant family, most famous for its slate quarries in North Wales, but whose major fortunes came from the Caribbean.

Richard Pennant, a Member of Parliament for Liverpool, married Anne Susanna Warbuton the heiress to Penrhyn Castle in 1765. Pennant had 5,000 slaves in Jamaica and used the wealth that was accumulated from the slave trade to invest in British land and property including Penrhyn Castle and the North Wales slate quarries.

In the 21sth Century the National Trust has held exhibitions explaining the connection between Penrhyn Castle and the slave trade, and visitors to the exhibitions would be made aware of the horrors of the slave trade with neck shackles, monkey flails, and other paraphernalia on display.

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