Bodnant Gardens (National Trust), Conwy, North Wales

Spectacularly beautiful all year round, Bodnant Gardens is one of the most magical gardens in Wales. Now belonging to the National Trust, it’s situated a few miles inland above the River Conwy with breathtaking views across to the Snowdonian Range.

daffodils and main house at Bodnant Gardens in North wales

Visit Bodnant Gardens in early spring for carpets of snowdrops, hellebores and daffodils. Later in the season you’ll see displays of rhododendrons and azaleas and the world famous laburnum arch. Foodie Travellers will love its combination of landscapes, exotic plants, stunning flowers and excellent tea shops. Even better, there’s a Welsh Food Centre nearby brimming with gastronomic delights and a Cookery School too.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Free entry to National Trust Members
  • Walk around the garden
  • Enjoy lunch or Afternoon Tea
  • Visit the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre and Cookery School nearby

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Visit Award-Winning Bodnant Gardens

Built in 1792 and occupying 80 acres, Bodnant Gardens and Hall belonged to a liberal politician and his wife, a talented horticulturalist and founder of the Liberal Women’s Suffrage Union. The garden which is open to the public, has previously been voted “The Favourite Garden in the Country” by The Daily Telegraph.

Walk Around The Gardens

Walk around the upper level and you’ll find Italianate terraces, formal borders and sweeping lawns. On the wilder lower level, known as the Dell, you’ll see plants that have come from all over the world, their seeds or cuttings collected over a century ago.

 

Lilies on the pond at Bodnant Gardens Wales

Play Croquet on the Lawn

Buy a delicious soft scoop ice cream and go for a magical wander around the garden. Play croquet on the lawn, soak up the powerful scent of summer roses or simply sit back, relax and watch the dragonflies dart across the lily pond. Earlier in the season, the terraces play host to a spectacular display of camellias and magnolias bursting with spring fragrance.

Warm Up By the Fire With a Mug of Tea

At the bottom of The Dell, cross the waterfall bridge into the lowest part of the garden with its magnificent collection of Redwood trees towering above you. Rest your feet and enjoy a mug of tea in the Dell Tea Shop where, in winter months, you can warm yourself by the blazing outdoor brazier before climbing back up.

 Laburnum Arch in flower at Bodnant Gardens
 Bridge and waterfall at Bodnant Gardens

Eat Lunch on the Terrace

Recover from your climb with a leisurely lunch in The Pavillion Tea Room and a glass of locally produced wine or beer. The Magnolia Tea Room with its cosier feel and courtyard location serves tea, homemade cakes and scones.


Tips

  • Visit Bodnant Gardens in late summer when the fragrant rose gardens are at their best
  • Buy picnic food at nearby Bodnant Welsh Food Centre
  • Keen cooks can sign up for a course at the Bodnant Cookery School

WHERE TO STAY IN NORTH WALES

Castle Hotel Conwy

Castle Hotel

Conwy, North Wales

Set in a 300 year-old coaching inn, Castle Hotel has elegant bedrooms and a traditional restaurant.

Rooms from £75 a night.

Plas Bodegroes Restaurant With Rooms North Wales

Plas Bodegroes

Lyn Peninsula, North Wales

Country house restaurant with rooms in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty just a mile from the sea.

Rooms from £99 a night.

Bodysgallen Hall Llandudno North Wales

Bodysgallen Hall

Llandudno, North Wales

A distinguished 17th-century hall set in 200 acres of parkland, with spectacular views of Snowdonia.

Rooms from £151 a night.


DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks, expert on dog friendly days out in North Wales

I’m welcome every day during the winter. From May to the end of August, I’m invited to Wag Wednesday when the garden is open to dog walkers in the evening from 5-8pm.

Mr Hendricks


HOW TO FIND BODNANT GARDENS

National Trust, Bodnant Gardens, Tal-y-cafn, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, North Wales LL28 5RE

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