Gardens to visit in North Wales
North Wales is full of gardens! Turn your visit into a short break with a few days in one of our delightful holiday cottages here on Anglesey and while you’re here, visit a selection of our magnificent gardens, specialist nurseries and garden centres.
Bodnant is one of the most beautiful gardens in the whole of Wales, set on the River Conwy with stunning views of the Snowdonia mountains. The 80 acre site consists of a formal section, the upper garden adjacent to Bodnant Hall, and the lower section known as The Dell containing a ‘wild’ area. These magnificent gardens, near Conwy, are open daily from 26 February to 31 October, 10.00 – 5.00 and daily 1 November – 13 November, 10.00 – 4.00.
Penrhyn Castle is built in the Norman style with a walled garden, ancient trees, rhododendrons, camellias and spectacular snowdrops in February. The gardens, which are situated close to Bangor, off the A55, are open 11 noon–5 pm; daily, except Tuesdays; April to October. Open at 10 am in July & August. Last admission is 4.30 pm.
Plas Brondanw was designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis 17 years before he began Portmeirion, is full of slate stonework and many original features set against the backdrop of mountain peaks at Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth. Opening times are 9.30 am–5 pm, daily, all year.
Plas Newydd is a fine country house, with an Italianate garden and a wonderful collection of rhododendrons, which stands in a spectacular setting overlooking the Menai Straits near Llanfairpwll on the Isle of Anglesey. Opening times are 10 am–5.30 pm; Saturday–Wednesday; 19 March to 2 November. Rhododendron garden: 11.30–5.30 pm; Saturday–Wednesday; 2 April to 8 June.
This pretty and compact coastal garden is fairly formal with hedging to protect the cottage garden plants from the sea-gales. There is often a fine display of snowdrops in February. The gardens are open 12 noon–5 pm; Thursday–Sunday; 24 March to 30 October and Mondays from May to September and Wednesdays from May to August. Plas y Rhiw closes at 4 pm in October. These fascinating gardens are situated at Rhiw near Pwllheli.
Portmeirion, made famous by the TV series The Prisoner, is where Sir Clough Williams-Ellis devised his Italianate, fantasy village. The gardens are a colourful mixture of Mediterranean plants and exotic palms, which combine with the varied architectural features to produce a stunning effect in a wonderful location at Penrhyndeudraeth. Portmeirion is open 9.30 am–5.30 pm (7.30 pm in summer); daily; all year except 25 December.