Sunday, 8 April 2018

Penrhyn Castle

Seeing as though I've got less than a month left until I turn 30, I thought I might as well embrace the ageing and get a National Trust membership! Haha. Jokes aside, I'm so happy that we've got a load of places we can visit whenever we like now, which is great when Aled's working weekends and I don't know what to do with the kids. And the membership only costs £10 a month for all four of us which I think is a bargain! So when my Mum and Dad said that my Grandmas was visiting this weekend, I thought it would be the perfect time to make our first use of it and planned a trip to Penrhyn Castle, which is in Bangor.

I've been to Penrhyn Castle a couple of times when I was younger (probably about 20 years ago now!) but I couldn't remember much of it. It's a huge estate! I mean, I'm sure most National Trust places are but it made the best place to take the kids. It's huge, quiet, beautiful and the kids loved running around and exploring. And you don't have to worry too much about them having to be quiet as they're definitely welcomed by the staff. 

They had an Easter Egg Hunt on today which was great for Ollie. You had to find the birds nesting in the trees and match them up to the right eggs on the sheet. They got a Cadbury buttons easter egg as a prize.... not that me and Aled needed any more chocolate to eat! I'll be rolling into my thirties at this rate haha.

We didn't see the whole estate today but we were still there 3 hours. We walked around some of the grounds, explored the railway museum (which Ollie loved), stopped at the cafe and had a look around the Castle itself too. But there's lots more of the grounds to see, along with a walled garden and we never got to see the kitchen area of the castle because Elsie was running in all sorts of directions by that point and we needed to get back outside.

I'm not a massive history fan (unlike my Mum) but you can't help but be amazed by buildings like Penrhyn Castle. To think that people lived there many moons ago, in all its grandeur, is crazy. There were marble fireplaces in almost every room and beautiful intricate ceilings and archways everywhere you look. It's difficult to take it all in when you're chasing after a 1 year old and a 4 year old but we've got plenty of chances to go back.

So I'd definitely recommend a trip there if you're local or visiting this way. Especially if you've got a little one who loves trains too, Ollie loved sitting in the old trains and pretending to drive them!


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