by Katy Depledge
History and Heritage
Are Explore mighty mansions, dramatic castles and breathtaking views from one of the many National Trust properties in North Wales!
From 18th-century architecture to enchanted gardens and woodlands, North Wales has a fantastic selection of National Trust properties waiting to be explored. Why not step back in time and discover the stories behind these historic buildings or enjoy a moment’s tranquillity as you explore the vast gardens and parklands on offer?
Read on to discover some of the best National Trust properties in North Wales …
The elegant Plas Newydd House was redesigned by James Wyatt in the 18th century, famous for its Rex Whistler mural and the largest exhibition of his works. Spend time exploring the Military Museum or marvel at the 1930s restyled interior.
There is a garden for every season at Plas Newydd. Spring sees five acres of the Rhododendron Garden bloom whilst Autumn brings golden colours and masses of hydrangeas to life. There are 40 acres of garden and 129 acres of woodland and park to explore. You can spend a whole day exploring the wonderful sights of this National Trust garden!
Set on the shores of the Menai Strait, Anglesey, the views from Plas Newydd Country House and Garden are second to none. You can admire the breathtaking scenery, stretching across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia National Park.
Address: Plas Newydd, Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, LL61 6DQ
Facilities: Gift shop, tea rooms, adventure playground
Opening Times: April to October, 10:30am to 5pm (last admission at 3.15pm)
Looking for a pub to refuel in after a day exploring Plas Newydd? Check out our top 10 dog-friendly pubs on Anglesey and enjoy a bite to eat and refreshment with your loveable pooch.
Bodnant Garden, one of the UK’s most loved gardens is located above the River Conwy overlooking Snowdonia National Park. The gardens are home to five terraces and an array of National collections including Embrothiums and Eucryphia.
Started in the 1800’s by Henry Pochin, an Industrial Chemist, the gardens went on to be developed by many famous plant hunters over the next 50 years. Bodnant Gardens are at their most impressive between the months of April and October, where your senses will be overwhelmed with incredible colours and smells.
If you’re looking for a place of tranquility or relaxation or looking to enjoy an active stroll, Bodnant Garden is a special place for all and one of the most cherished National Trust gardens in the UK.
Address: Bodnant Gardens, Tal-y-Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL28 5RE
Facilities: Tea rooms, gift shop, picnic areas, adventure trail
Opening Times: Open at various times throughout the year, check the Bodnant Garden website for more information.
If you’re staying in Conwy then check out our 10 reasons to visit the Conwy Valley, from exploring Conwy Castle to enjoying a treetop adventure, high-ropes course!
There’s something for everyone at Penrhyn Castle and Gardens, from the 19th-century castle to the extensive grounds waiting to be explored. The Neo-Norman castle, located in Bangor, was built in the early 19th century and houses a fine art collection, luxurious interiors and Victorian kitchens.
The 60 acres of grounds include many enchanting woodland walks, a beautiful walled garden and an extensive collection of trees and shrubs. Set amongst the backdrop of the Menai Strait, the gardens provide spectacular views across Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.
Address: Penrhyn Castle, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 4HT
Facilities: Shop, cafe, free parking, children’s play area
Opening Times: April to October, 10:30am to 4pm
If you’d like to explore more castles in the area, then step back in time and check out these 7 Incredible Castles in North Wales.
The delightful Plas yn Rhiw manor house was built in the 16th-century, it has been lovingly restored by the Keating sisters who bought it in 1938. The National Trust property stands on a spectacular spot on the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, overlooking Cardigan Bay.
Plas yn Rhiw’s ornamental garden contains an array of flowering shrubs, trees and boxed edged parterres filled with roses. The views from the grounds and gardens are second to none and are amongst the most spectacular in Britain. This idyllic manor house is a North Welsh gem, stunning all year round.
Address: Plas yn Rhiw, Rhiw, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8AB
Facilities: Tea rooms, small car-park
Opening Times: April to October, 10:30am to 4pm
If you’re looking to spend a few days exploring the area, check out our guide to the best beaches on the Llyn Peninsula and soak up the incredible views of North Wales.
A much-loved home, garden and estate, Erddig sits along the Clywedog River and has perfectly captured the 250 year old story of its family and servants. The country house has 9 bays with 2 long flanking wings, whilst the neo-classic interiors include fine examples of 18th-century Chinese wallpaper and a chapel with 18th-century fittings.
One of Britain’s largest surviving gardens of the 18th-century, Erddig’s outdoor spaces are truly beautiful. The walled garden encompasses an extensive wildflower area with many species including orchids, whilst the 1,200-acre parkland is a haven of tranquillity for those looking for a relaxing walk in the outdoors. Erddig is one of the most loved National Trust Properties in North Wales and it’s not hard to see why!
Address: Erddig, Wrexham, LL13 0YT
Facilities: Tea rooms, restaurant, gift shop, free parking
Opening Times: Open at various times throughout the year, check the Erddig website for more information.
Are you looking for somewhere to stay during your North Wales adventure? Check out our range of holiday cottages in North Wales; the ideal base to relax after a day exploring one of the stunning National Trust properties in North Wales.
Image Credits: paul_p!, Rick Massey, bvi4092 (CC-BY-2.0), Allan Harris (CC-BY-ND 2.0), Catherine Singleton (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Hi, I'm Katy and I joined the Marketing team in February 2020.
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