famous gardens

our back yard

We like to think our back yard is a bit special. Just look what’s in it. Walled gardens at Erddig. Organic gardens at Plas Brondanw. Some of them have picked up an award or two, like Bodnant. And all of them are interesting, whether or not you know your laburnum from your busy lizzy. And if you don’t, you never know, one visit could be all the inspiration you need to make a beeline for your nearest garden centre.


Plas Tan y Bwlch

Snowdonia National Park Centre, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU

Plas Tan y Bwlch

www.plastanybwlch.com

The historic Victorian gardens contain many rare and exotic shrubs and trees from around the world and are a garden for all seasons. The gardens are complimented by an excellent tea room serving a variety of home-made cakes and snacks. Guided or self-led visits can be arranged all year round.
January - December 10am to dusk Adults/Seniors £4.00 Children £2.00

portmeirion

portmeirion, gwynedd, LL48 6ET. Tel: 01766 770000

portmeirion

www.portmeirion-village.com

Portmeirion is an Italianate Village nestling on the edge of Snowdonia, which was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1976. It comprises of a formal garden within the village as well as a 70 acre headland known as the Gwyllt ‘Wild’ garden.

All year 9am to 7pm

Bodrhyddan Hall

Dyserth Rd, Rhyl LL18 5SB

Bodrhyddan Hall

www.bodrhyddanhall.co.uk

The gardens cover some eight acres of land, including the formal parterre, flowing lawns and the extensive pleasance. The Woodland Walk area was reclaimed in the early 2000’s. The grounds are home to dozens of species of birds, amphibians and mammals.
Between 2pm 5pm Tuesdays & Thursdays, June-September, with the last tour leaving at 4pm. Guided Tour takes approximately 90 minutes and costs £7 for adults, £4 children. They will open at almost any time of year with prior notice for parties of 30 or more which must be booked at least one month in advance.

plas brondanw

llanfrothen, gwynedd, LL48 6SW. tel: 01766 772772

plas brondanw

www.portmeirion-village.com

Laid out by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. The gardens at Plas Brondanw are on designed axial views, which terminate with the surrounding mountain peaks. Mature Yew hedging forms the vistas to draw the eye. The cafe is open daily Easter to mid October serving delicious homemade food from local ingredients. Throughout the Festival there will be an Exhibition of works by Local Artist Sian Ellen, including original paintings of Plas Brondanw.
10am – 5pm Cafe:Easter to Mid October 10am – 5pm

Caerau Uchaf Gardens

Sarnau Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7LG 01678 530493

Caerau Uchaf Gardens

www.summersgardens.co.uk

Situated high in the hill farming countryside, Caerau Uchaf is surprisingly sheltered and able to grow quite a variety of plants. It comprises of a series of different gardens and benefits from stunning views. There are woodland walks and distractions for children too- (Fort and Zipwire). Great home cooked food.
Easter to end October 10am – 5pm (closed Tue & Wed)

gwydir castle

Llanrwst, LL26 0PN. tel: 01492 641687

gwydir castle

www.gwydircastle.co.uk

The historic gardens at Gwydir Castle are amongst the very few in Wales accorded Grade 1 listed status.  They represent an important example of the formal Renaissance garden of the Tudor and Stuart periods, with later overlays and plantings from the nineteenth century.

Gwydir’s sweeping views and formal vistas make it one of the most romantic gardens in Wales.

Bodelwyddan Castle

Bodelwyddan Denbighshire LL18 5YA 01745 584060

Bodelwyddan Castle

www.bodelwyddancastle.co.uk

There are acres of parkland including the woodland walks.
Monday Castle & Parkland closed Tuesday 10:30am – 5:00pm Wednesday 10:30am – 5:00pm Thursday 10:30am – 5:00pm Friday Castle & Parkland closed Saturday 10:30am – 5:00pm Sunday 10:30am – 5:00pm

Plas yn Rhiw

Rhiw, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 8AB 01758 780219

Plas yn Rhiw

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/plas-yn-rhiw

Discover how the Keating sisters restored this overgrown garden to grow beautiful magnolia, azaleas, camellias and more.
Dates vary please see website for details.

plas cadnant gardens

Cadnant Road Menai Bridge LL59 5NH 01248 717174

plas cadnant gardens

www.plascadnant.co.uk

Beautifully restored picturesque garden. Two acre formal Walled Garden with pool. Valley Gardens; dramatic rock formations; river and woodland with red squirrels. Interesting and rare plants; amazing colours in Spring; beautiful herbaceous borders; interest through the seasons. Traditional Tea Room and Visitor Centre. Selection of garden plants for sale.
Main Season: Wed 23 March – Sun 30 Oct Festival: Sun 29 May – Thu 2 Jun and Sun 5 Jun