The Most Beautiful Garden in Wales
Bodnant Gardens, nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia, with stunning views of the Conwy valley and mountains beyond is one of the most beautiful gardens in Britain. Bodnant Gardens is a realm of trees and rare plants. The roots of this multi-levelled garden were planned in the early 1900s by Henry Davis Pochin, an Industrial Chemist, who entirely re-landscaped this Georgian estate.
The elegant Italianate terraces will delight, with reflective ponds, the longest laburnum arch in Britain, that turns bright yellow with flowers in the spring. Head into the dell and behold the vibrant pinks and reds of the rhododendron forests and Himalayan blue poppies. Head down into the shady ‘dell’ of cascading waterfalls and collection of champion (largest in the country) trees; see Asian and American conifer, giant Californian redwoods, holly, pine and maple.
A passion about gardens is not required to enjoy Bodnant Gardens. It is a magical place and thrills everyone who visits. Our Classic Tour of Wales itinerary includes Bodnant as does our Honeymoon in Wales Tour.
Tour the Garden
There are many different walks around Bodnant, and your choice will depend on the time you have while touring and what aspects of the garden you are likely to enjoy most. Our driver-guides will know a select number of routes based on how steep the paths are and your passion for certain plants. In most cases, the guide will take you on a classic route around Bodnant not missing any highlights. This route will change with the time of the year. There are 80 acres to explore with some very steep narrow paths. We can advise on wheelchair routes, and wheelchair uses will not miss out.
Highlights of the Garden
The Laburnum Arch; The garden is great to visit at any time of the year, but spring is incredibly exciting. Back in 1880, the design of the estate was laid out, including the world-famous Laburnum Arch. It is over 180 ft long and rewards visitors with a spectacular display of bright yellow flowers at the end of May and the first weeks of June. Tens of thousands of people visit each year to see it flower, and it is spectacular.
The Rhododendrons; Sponsored botanical expeditions to Asia brought one of the most extensive assortments of rhododendron seeds to Bodnant. These plants thrived at Bodnant, the mild climate, acidic soil and hilly terrain mirroring the Himalayas' foothills, their native environment. Hybridisation at Bodnant created compact plants with vibrant colours and longer flowering season.
The Terraces; the Italianate terraces have plenty of summer interest with the pergola of climbing roses, hydrangeas, and ‘D’ shaped lily pond. Elegant twisting stairs take you to the canal terrace, a long body of water reflecting The Pin Mill. The building originally stood in the grounds of a house in Gloucestershire, England and was removed stone by stone. It was used as a garden house and later a mill for the production of pins. It is a beautiful building and sets the canal off perfectly.
The Dell; This area of the garden is something from a fairy tale story. It has cascades, delicate little streams, and giant trees. The Dell has a unique climate that is cool and moist, allowing mosses and shade-loving plants to thrive. Pathways wind there way across tiny bridges, and children enjoy using the stepping stones.
The Bodnant Estate
The estate is largely mountains with wooded areas. There are a few sheep and cattle farms and holiday cottages for let. Conwy Town is nearby and is an ideal based for touring the area.
Touring and accommodation
Merging Wales with England makes for a dynamic experience of mountains, stately homes and cosy country pubs. If this is your first time to the UK, we would recommend a custom version of our Town and Country Tour; it covers the famous places and allows you to utilise your private driver-guide by getting-off-the-beaten-path. Our Classic tour of Ireland is a good place to start for the first trip to Ireland, and we suggest the Classic tour of Scotland for your first trip to the bonny Highlands.
There is a wide choice of accommodation in the Wales. Cottages, Manor House Hotels and traditional Guest Houses. For people who a like a traditional Manor House Hotel, we recommend staying in Conwy Town.
Most Beautiful Garden in Wales
Eighty Acres of Heavenly Gardens of Terraces, Woods and Herbaceous Borders
- Stay on the Estate
- Award Winning Gardens
- See the World Famous Laburnum Arch
- Rare Rhododendrons
- 80 Acres to Explore
Rhododendrons in Bloom
The Pond and House
The Bodnant Pond
Twisting Terrace Steps