Welcome to Penrhyn Castle and New Legacy School of Woodworking

Drive carefully everyone. It’s a full class and we are looking forward to your being with us here at New Legacy. Most likely you will be traveling along the A55 to the turnoff for Bangor and then you will follow the A5 toward the city. This is where this post plugs in.DSC_0004


After the A55 travel across the first roundabout and to the 2nd roundabout and take the 2nd exit signed for Penrhyn Castle, Taly bont and Llandygai – 1 mile.DSC_0013


At 30 meters (100 feet) turn an immediate and sharp left into the entryway of the castle.DSC_0019


Go through the massive gates, they will be open.DSC_0027DSC_0023


Follow the welcome signs along the lane through the woods.DSC_0028


Stop for the trees.


Please observe the signage to the car park and the visitor centre. You will park here and walk up to the castle. 10 minutes max unless you stop too much along the paths.DSC_0038DSC_0050DSC_0046


Car parking is free and visitor centre staff man the car parks office most of the time. Follow the footpath and signs to the castle.DSC_0057 DSC_0059


At the height of the hill, ignore the directions to the castle entry, we use an entrance around the back. DSC_0069DSC_0062 DSC_0066


Go around the corner…DSC_0073


…past these double gates.DSC_0071


Turn yet another left to the back of the stable block and follow the castle walls.DSC_0075


Here is John at the entrance – follow him.DSC_0077DSC_0081


You can either enter through the glass doors and through the cafe or…DSC_0082


…turn left and go through this door and on through two more doors into…DSC_0083


…the New Legacy Workshop.





While you are here we will take breaks and lunch. The toilet facilities are through this arch, which also leads to the cafe.DSC_0106 DSC_0107 DSC_0109


  1. Nathan on 7 May 2014 at 7:50 pm

    The signs seem to be posted in two languages. One is English. Is the other Welsh?

    • Paul Sellers on 7 May 2014 at 8:10 pm

      Yes, Welsh it is. All signage in Wales is first in the native language.

  2. shawn field on 7 May 2014 at 8:38 pm

    The signs are bilingual? Is that welsh?

    • shawn field on 7 May 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Sorry, missed the prior post.

  3. Chris Bunney on 7 May 2014 at 9:56 pm

    It looks amazing up there! I so want to come and join one of your classes….buying a house might have put a delay on that though! Hopefully I can join you as a student next year – once all the DIY is done!

  4. Keith Peters on 8 May 2014 at 3:07 am

    My “office” should be so nice! Do you live nearby and commute daily, Paul? Or do you stay locally for the duration of the courses?

    • Paul Sellers on 8 May 2014 at 5:36 am

      I live in a tiny village of 24 cottages once owned by Lord Pennant for his management staff just outside the castle. My commute is that one mile stretch from the castle gate. Sometimes I walk, sometimes I bike but mostly I drive because I walk during the day around the grounds for a break.

      • Keith Peters on 8 May 2014 at 4:47 pm

        Sounds wonderful.

  5. John Crosby on 8 May 2014 at 4:29 am

    That is some castle, amazing. It’s almost like walking back in time somewhat, and then doing woodworking in the traditional ways tops it off.

  6. Vidar on 8 May 2014 at 10:33 am

    Some of the attendant has already arrived in Bangor.
    Thought I could use some days in advance to see the country.
    But so far, all I have seen is water! From above! And a lot of it!



    • Martin King on 9 May 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Welcome to the UK – Wales is a beautiful place, but people don’t come for the weather 🙂

      See you at the course on Sunday!

      • Keith Peters on 9 May 2014 at 2:52 pm

        I envy you all. Enjoy your time there and learn a lot!

  7. Richard on 8 May 2014 at 11:10 am

    The Welsh make the best cakes in the world! I miss them so much!

  8. Martin King on 8 May 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Paul the directions are very helpful, but prompt a question…

    I was thinking to bring my own tools, in part to road-test my newly-built tool chest. However, I’m not too sure my back would be good for much after lugging it up the hill from the car park. Is it allowed to drive up right up to the castle just to unload?

    Alternatively, if you think bringing one’s own tools is really more trouble than it’s worth, I’m happy to take your advice.

    Thanks, Martin

    • Paul Sellers on 8 May 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Coming up to the castle is fine for drop off. No problem. Re the tools. It’s fine to bring along tools but this is a full class and space might be tight for another full kit. Be prepared to take some away. Also, whereas we encourage tool bringing for critique, time will usually prevent any kind of restoration work should that be necessary. other than that, looking forward to seeing you here.

      • Martin King on 9 May 2014 at 1:30 pm

        Thanks Paul. I can appreciate if space is a bit tight then adding more big wooden boxes for people to trip over isn’t going to be helpful! I’ll go with the set provided and just bring in the odd tool if I really feel the need.