Gardens to Visit in Wales

The high rainfall, fertile soils and geological variety make Wales a very rich region horticulturally. The country parks and gardens across Wales make the most of its spectacular natural scenery, providing a wealth of memorable sights that you will want to visit again and again.

Aberglasney Gardens

Walled Garden © Rose and Trev Clough (CC2)

This ten acre site is home to one of Wales' finest heritage gardens. Recently restored, it has a number of individual garden areas, from walled and courtyard gardens to formal gardens. In particular, the cloister garden has fine lawns and topiary, surrounded by arcaded Walkways. Aberglasney's romantic ruins are topped with a glass roof and home to rare orchids, Palms and another tender species.

Facilities: parking, gift shop, refreshments
Open: all year, daily from 10am (exc. Xmas)
Address: Llangathen, Carmarthen SA32 8QH
Tel: 01558 668998
Web: aberglasney.org

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Lily Pond © Seasonal Gardening

A late 19th-c. romantic hillside garden with dense plantings of mixed conifers, rhododendrons and other woodland plants. Formal Italianate terraces surround a vast lily pond in the centre. Plenty of colour from bulbs and shrubs in spring followed by glorious herbaceous borders in summer and autumn. The famous laburnum arch looks best in early summer.

Facilities: parking, tea rooms, craft shop
Open: daily
Address: Conwy, LL28 5RE
Tel: 01492 650460 - Run by National Trust
Web: bodnantgarden.co.uk

Colby Woodland Garden

Rhododendrons © Seasonal Gardening

Beautiful woodland gardens designed to provide all year round colour and interest. Renowned for its magnificent displays of spring bulbs, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas.

Facilities: parking, tea room, farm shop
Open: March to November, daily from 10am
Address: Narberth SA67 8PP
Tel: 01834 811885 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Dyffryn Gardens

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Grade I Edwardian gardens, laid-out by architect Thomas Mawson and plant collector Reginald Cory. Set in the lovely countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan, amid parkland containing many rare and unusual trees. Dyffryn's traditional borders are packed with colour and interest throughout spring and summer.

Facilities: parking, tea room, shop
Open: March to October
Address: St Nicholas, Vale of Glam. CF5 6SU
Tel: 029 2059 3328 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

Gnoll Estate Country Park

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Over 240 acres of picturesque landscaped parkland, with meadows, ponds, streams, waterfalls and extensive woodland. The perfect place to enjoy a relaxing stroll. The estate provides a wide range of activities, including woodland walks, picnic areas, children's play areas, a golf course and coarse fishing.

Facilities: Free entry (parking charges)
Open: all year, daily from 10am (exc. Xmas)
Address: Neath SA11 3BS
Tel: 01639 635808
Web: gnollestatecountrypark.co.uk

Portmeirion

© Seasonal Gardening

Unique sub-tropical, coastal garden packed with ornate buildings, gazebos and unusual follies. Home to an amazing display of rhododendrons, azaleas and other exotic species that thrive in its protected micro climate. The surrounding 70 acre woodland provides spectacular autumn colour, with Beeches and Japanese maples that cast striking reflections in the woodland lakes.

Facilities: parking, gift shop, cafe
Open: daily
Address: Portmeirion, Gwynedd
Tel: 01766 772311
Web: portmeirion-village.com

Powis Castle

© National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Formidable red limestone castle, with impressive views over the Severn Valley. Long flower filled terraces cascade down from the castle, reminiscent of the hanging gardens of Babylon. With stone balustrades, Italianate statues and flamboyant container displays. The lower gardens have Mediterranean style borders and formal gardens. Lovely wooded walks and a large wild garden.

Facilities: parking, gift shop, cafe
Open: all year (exc. Xmas)
Address: Welshpool SY21 8RF
Tel: 01938 551944 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk

National Botanic Garden

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The National Botanic Garden of Wales is an important conservation project, dedicated to plant studies, botanical science and education. Set within the verdant Towy Valley, in over 500 acres of landscaped parkland. The central feature is the Great Glasshouse, containing many rare tropical and endangered species from around the globe.

Facilities: parking, gift shop, plant sales
Open: all year, daily from 10am (exc. Xmas)
Address: Llanarthne SA32 8HN
Tel: 01558 668768
Web: botanicgarden.wales

Tredegar House & Park

© National Trust Images/John Millar

Fine country house, set in 90 acres of landscaped grounds and parkland, complete with a fine walled garden, orangery and a boating and fishing lake. Attractions include a children's farm, aquarium, bird garden and craft workshops.

Facilities: refreshments, walks and trails
Open: Easter to September
Address: Tredegar House, Newport, NP10 8YW
Tel: 01633 815880 - Run by National Trust
Web: nationaltrust.org.uk


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