Gardens of North Wales | A Guide | Menai Holiday Cottages

Gorgeous Gardens in North Wales

How does your garden grow? Thanks to our unique microclimate (we have to thank all that warm sea air) ours grow fantastically well - from luscious herbaceous borders to landscaped lawns and Italianate terraces. These are some of our favourites.

Gardens of Snowdonia and the Lleyn

Diversity is the key when it comes to the gardens of Snowdonia and the Lleyn. Each has their own personality and something different to offer.

Bodnant Garden, Conwy, Snowdonia

You’ll find beautiful plants and trees from all over the world at this wonderful botanic garden in the Conwy Valley. Created by five generations of one family, the 80-acre garden is superbly located, with spectacular views across Snowdonia.

With expansive lawns and intimate corners, grand ponds and impressive terraces, a steep wooded valley and stream, as well as awe-inspiring plant collections, this is a glorious place to visit all year round.

There’s an excellent garden centre and shop where you can buy a wide range of plants and gifts. And if you’re on holiday with your dog then you can visit with your four-legged friend from 5pm on Wednesdays, May to August and 10am until 3.30pm no Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays, November to February. Alternatively a nearby kennels will look after you dog whilst you visit. Check the website for details.

 

Gwydir Castle Gardens, Llanrwst, Snowdonia

The historic Grade I listed gardens at Gwydir Castle feature a formal Renaissance garden of the Tudor and Stuart periods. As well as two fine 16th century garden arches and associated walls and terraces, there are many fine early trees, including fourteen pre-1700 yews and three surviving Cedars of Lebanon said to have been planted in honour of King Charles I’s wedding to the French Princess, Henrietta Maria in 1625.

The Old Dutch Garden is famous for its yew avenue of 22 huge yew trees, while the Knot Garden, in the Courtyard, was laid out in 1828 by Sir Charles Barry, the famous architect, in the form of a Tudor Rose. Gwydir’s sweeping views and formal vistas make it one of the most romantic gardens in Wales.

The gardens are open April until October, but normally closed on Mondays and Saturdays. Check the website for details.



Plas Brondanw
, near Porthmadog, Lleyn

At just two acres this is a small garden, but perfectly formed. It was designed by the Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams Ellis, the creator of Portmeirion, and you’ll see similar Italian and Mediterranean influences at both locations. Clipped topiary of box and yew is kept low for regular glimpses of the mountains and there’s an orangery as well as towering Italian cypresses. The sloping garden is divided into a series of rooms and borders where hydrangeas and rhododendrons provide beautiful colour throughout spring and summer. The garden also features decorative painted metalwork, ponds and statues.  An avenue leads past a dramatic chasm to the ‘folly’ castle or watchtower. Climb up the steps for a wonderful view of Snowdon and the mountainous landscape. Opening times depend on the tim of year. Check the website for details before you visit.



Parc Glynllifon
, Llandwrog, near Caernarfon, Snowdonia

These beautiful Grade I listed gardens are a wonderful place to stroll around and enjoy an unhurried few hours. Eight miles of paths and trails wind you through 70 acres of rare trees and plant species – some of which were planted over one hundred and fifty years ago. The gardens are also a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and are an important habitat to wildlife including rare horseshoe and whiskered bats, otters and water voles. The gardens accompany a statuesque Regency mansion house (built in the 1830s and also Grade I listed) which was originally the seat of Lord Newborough. It is now a wedding venue.  You’ll find craft and design workshops, a gallery and shop. There are some lovely picnic areas as well as the friendly Black Cat Café which serves hot and cold food.

 

Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Snowdonia

You’ll find these beautiful gardens in the Vales of Ffestiniog, close to the village of Blaenau. They’re the home of the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre, but you don’t have to be a student to enjoy its glorious 13 acres.

The higher parts of the gardens have formal terraces and a water garden, a Japanese garden, rhododendron and azalea walks, a fern nursery and a wildlife garden. There’s a mix of native and exotic plants, ornamental shrubs and coniferous trees, some of which were planted in Victorian times. There’s a network of walks and paths through the woodland gardens and semi-wild areas, too, which are bristling with birds, insects and small mammals. Beautiful views across the Dwyry Valley. Well worth a visit.

 

Plas yn Rhiw, Pwllheli, Lleyn Peninsula

This is a delightful Grade II listed 16th century manor house and gardens which sit snug on a wooded hillside overlooking the beach at Porth Neigwl (also known as Hell’s Mouth). In the 1930s the house was rescued from neglect by friends of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis (architect and creator of Porthmeirion) – the Keatings sisters. Keen conservationists, they lovingly restored the house and ornamental gardens, finally bequeathing them to the National Trust. Today it is the only organic National Trust Garden in Wales and at just one acre it’s a delightfully bijoux visit. You’ll find beautiful flowering trees and shrubs, colourful beds framed by box hedges and a careful balance of native and cultivated plants. The views from the grounds and gardens across Cardigan Bay are among the most spectacular in Britain. It’s a delight to visit whatever the season.

 

Portmeirion Village, Portmeirion, Snowdonia

Portmeirion is an iconic fantasy Italianate village located on the beautiful Dwyryd estuary, just a couple of miles south east of Porthmadog. Designed by the visionary Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams Ellis, it is an internationally famous tourist attraction. It was the filming location for cult 1960s television series ‘The Prisoner’ and is now home to the annual ‘Festival No. 6’ music and arts festival.

You’ll find Portmeirion standing on a rugged cliff top on its own peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay. It’s surrounded by 70 acres of sub-tropical woodlands and gardens as well as miles of sandy beaches and wonderful coastal walks.

There are several shops, cafes as well as a brasserie and dining room. The grounds at Portmeirion are open daily from 9.30am until 7.30pm, with reduced price for entry after 3.30pm. Check the website for details.

Click here to see hand-picked cottages close to the gardens in Snowdonia, or click here to be taken to a selection of houses close to the Lleyn gardens.

Glorious Anglesey Gardens

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Hidden Gardens at Plas Cadnant, Menai Bridge, Anglesey

You’ll find the magnificent 200-acre Hidden Gardens of Plas Cadnant overlooking the Menai Strait and Snowdonia close to the town of Menai Bridge.

The Hidden Gardens are an ongoing restoration of a previously hidden garden never before been seen by the general public. They feature an unusual walled garden with curved walls and a pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and a river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a nineteenth century folly. There are many rare and unusual plants and a long season of interest. The traditional tea room is excellent.

The gardens are only open two or three days a week and the days vary depending on the season. It’s closed from November to January, but opens again for the snowdrops in February. Check the website for details.

Click here to see our selection of Anglesey cottages that are close to these maganificent gardens.

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