On Saturday 8th September 2018, admission to Penrhyn Castle in Bangor is Free, as part of ‘Open Doors‘ which is organised by Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service.

‘Open Doors’ offers both local people and visitors alike the opportunity to explore the hidden treasures of Wales’s culture and history, that normally charge for admission or are usually closed to the public.

The gates of Penrhyn Castle will open at 10.30am until 5pm, with the Castle opening at midday, you can visit the gardens, the castle and railway museum.

Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle is a 19th-century fantasy castle with spectacular surroundings. The dominating stone façade of the castle hides more than just its internal red-brick construction. The unique architecture, opulent interiors and fine art collection sit alongside a darker history of sugar and slate fortunes, slavery, social unrest and the longest-running industrial dispute in British history.

The extensive grounds at Penrhyn are perfect for exploring and enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast. Little explorers can climb trees, make dens and run wild in the adventure playground.

Manon Steffan Ros

This year Penrhyn Castle has launched a collection of brand new fictional pieces ’12 Stories’ by the author Manon Steffan Ros. These fictional creations are her own response to the difficult history of the castle and its origins steeped in the Jamaican slave trade and the slate quarry industry of North Wales.

Manon’s 12 Stories are on display on the ground floor of the Castle, accessed via the Grand Hall.

Harrison’s Garden

This summer sees the finale of a spectacular touring art installation of thousands of ticking clocks in Penrhyn Castle’s derelict, unloved rooms.

Experience ‘Harrison’s Garden’ by renowned artist Luke Jerram is inspired by the clock maker John Harrison who struggled for decades to make navigation at sea safer, by creating the most accurate clock the world had ever seen.

The clocks will be placed in the derelict third floor of the keep at Penrhyn and grouped to form patterns and shapes along the surfaces – all set to different times so that visitors will hear a musical delight of ticking, clicking and chiming throughout the day.

This floor of the keep is usually only accessible to visitors by tour, bringing another dimension to the work – a glimpse behind the scenes, behind ripped and water damaged wallpaper; into Penrhyn’s past.

When: Saturday 8th September 2018 – 10.30am – 5pm – Castle opens at 12pm

Address: Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HT.

Free car park, approximately 7 minutes / 500 yards walk from the castle or by Free Shuttle Bus.

Please note – Organisers are expecting this event to be very busy as with previous years so some waiting for parking spaces may be necessary.

Children are welcome

Dogs on leads are welcome in all areas of the gardens and Railway Museum and in the Stables café seating area