by Luke Edwards
North Wales is one of the best regions in the UK for stunning gardens. The horticultural fanatics amongst you may already know about locations such as Bodnant Gardens. However, there are many lesser-known, but no less worthy, gardens and surrounding areas in North Wales that make perfect garden breaks. The area offers sweeping country panoramas where the right road leads to a surprising garden destination.
Here are some of our favourite gardens in North Wales…
Set between the Snowdonia mountain range and the Irish Sea, Plas Brondanw has been inspired by the garden landscapes of the Italian Renaissance and was the brainchild of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, perhaps better known for his design of Portmeirion. Everything about these gardens elicits a sense of drama, from the stone walls to the tree avenues that act as an inspiring foreground to the mountains in the distance.
Opening Times: The gardens are open generally between April and September, 10am to 5pm, but private tours can also be arranged. For more information, visit the Plas Brondanw site. Click here for holiday cottages near Plas Brondanw (Porthmadog).
Not far from the shores of the Menai Straits, Plas Newydd is one of the most architecturally impressive buildings in North Wales. The surrounding landscape and gardens are suitably large with plenty to see. The 40-acre garden boast a range of fiery colours and you can walk beneath a canopy of Chilean beeches or wander through the Rill Garden. A word of warning – it may take more than just a day to see everything at Plas Newydd. If you would like to return the following day you can find somewhere nearby to stay in Llanfair PG.
Opening Times: The gardens and tea rooms are open most of the year-round between 11am and 3pm. Find out more from their website.
The gardens of this beautiful manor house are perfect for all seasons. From the daffodils and tulips of spring, through to the mopheads and lacecops of summer and the magnolias in autumn, Plas yn Rhiw is a delightful place to visit. Situated on the Llŷn Peninsula, the gardens are surrounded by some of the most spectacular countryside in North Wales.
Opening Times: The gardens are open between April and September and some weekends during the winter season. Discover what Plas yn Rhiw has to offer on their website. We have a selection of holiday accommodation near Pwllheli if you would like to stay close to Plas yn Rhiw.
Perhaps one of the best-known areas for garden breaks in North Wales is in the Conwy Valley near Bodnant Gardens. Bodnant Gardens covers some 80 acres and from the upper terraces to the lower gardens, it boasts plants from all around the world. It is truly one of the most magnificent sites in North Wales, especially in late spring when their famous laburnum arch begins to bloom.
Opening Times: The gardens are open from the end of February through to the end of October between 10am and 4pm. Find out what more Bodnant has to offer from their website. The gorgeous Conwy Valley is a lovely place to stay at any time of year.
Overlooking the valley of the River Dwyryd, the gardens at Plas Tan y Bwlch are blessed with a backdrop of impressive scenery, based in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. If you want to see a rhododendron tunnel that is over 120 years old then this is a great garden in North Wales to visit. It’s also a centre for learning and runs many courses throughout the year. We have some perfect rural retreats to stay in close to Plas Tan y Bwlch near Maentwrog.
Opening Times: The gardens are open all year round between 10am and 4pm and you can find more on their website.
Whether you are a green-fingered enthusiast looking for ideas for your own home, or someone who loves the bright colours and romantic landscapes, there are plenty of beautiful gardens in North Wales to explore. If you’re looking for a garden break this year, check out our range of holiday cottages in North Wales and find the perfect base to enjoy these delightful gardens.
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