Just 10km south of Llandudno, lies one of Wales’ most beautiful gardens. Built and created by five generations of one family, Bodnant Garden is an unmissable haven of colour, wildlife and peace and quiet.
The world-famous garden spans 80 acres (32 hectares) and has two parts: the upper garden surrounds Bodnant House, a 1792 build remodelled by Pochin, and consists of terraced gardens and lawns. The lower section, or the Dell, comprises the valley of the River Hiraethlyn, and forms a picturesque wild garden.
The lush, green lawns and impressive Italianate terraces frame the house, and these come alive in the summer months; visitors can marvel at glorious displays of roses, azaleas lilies, hydrangeas, clematis and rhododendrons amongst other blooms. Bodnant Garden is noted for its collections of beautiful plants from across the world - namely Japan, China and North America, as well as plants and flowers from all over Europe somehow suited to the Welsh climate and soil.
You can’t visit the gardens at Bodnant without spending some time appreciating the fragrant rose gardens or the Laburnum Arch, a meandering 55 metre walk framed with cascading laburnum flowers. Late May to early June, when the yellow flowers are in full bloom, is the best time to admire this breathtaking walkway.
Beyond the upper gardens, paths descend to the almost-magical Dell, which boasts acres of green giant woodlands, riverbank and waterfall. In fact, some of the tallest Redwood trees in Britain can be found around the Dell. The steeply sided informal area contrasts wonderfully with the architectural nature of the terraced upper gardens, and the location is unbeatable, too; Bodnant Garden boasts spectacular views across Snowdonia.
While Spring and the summer months might be the best time to visit, there’s something to please nature-lovers all year round and there’s really no bad time to see these beautiful gardens. Various events are held throughout out the year and there are 2 cafes on site. See their website for more details
See a full list of our self-catering holidays in Snowdonia from which to visit Bodnant Garden here.
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Situated just off the A470 a 15 minute drive from Llandudno on the way to Betws Y Coed
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