Tuesday, 2 April 2013

National Trust Penrhyn Castle Review

We were thrilled to be invited to Penrhyn Castle to review the Cadbury’s Easter Egg Trail, we could not have asked for a more beautiful location to be solving clues with the boys.  The trail itself was well thought out, posed lots of interesting questions, had opportunities to draw a little picture here and there and of course finding letters to unscramble at the end.  The trail itself cost £1.50 each in addition to entry to the grounds, which was very reasonable.

As a mum of relatively young children I think coming to a National Trust property during an Easter Egg Trail helps encourage a love of historical buildings and picturesque gardens for our children, with the added excitement of a chocolate treat at the end!

The grounds were extensive, plenty of space to roam around, admiring all the lovely daffodils and filling our lungs with fresh air!  Helping counteract all the chocolate that Easter offers…

Enjoying their well-earned bounty in the attractive Victorian walled garden.

I was surprised to find an industrial railway museum at the property.  I think you will be taken aback by just how fascinating a visit with the National Trust can be.  I think when the boys are a little older; an annual membership might be a very sensible option, because frankly you get access to lots of properties and places for a bargain price!

We went inside the Castle after we had ventured around the grounds; the boys were drawn to the modern radiators… “My what attractive radiators!!!” I rolled my eyes and tried to point out the genuine features!  There were plenty of volunteers at hand, ready to provide further information about most of the rooms.  I was impressed how well staffed the castle was and they did seem very friendly. 

The staircase was very ornate and quite striking to look at.  There were booklets in each room you could read at your leisure.  You could if you had the time and inclination leave the castle very well educated!  But for myself with two boys desperate to duck under the rope to get stuck into each room, it was a courteous glance at what each had to offer, then on to the next!  Hubbie actually abandoned me when we went upstairs, he is not great with high ceilings for some reason, so I left him to return down the beautiful staircase whilst I respectively admired the upstairs at speed with the boys.

Next year do find you’re nearest trail and enjoy fresh air and chocolate with your family!  But any time of year a visit to a National Trust property can be a memorable occasion.

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