Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden
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9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Nestled in the foothills of Snowdonia in North Wales, Bodnant Garden National Trust is a garden for all seasons. Located on a Conwy Valley hillside the 80 acre garden descends dramatically from neat lawns and grand, flower-filled terraces, through informal shrub borders, meadows and woods, to a valley of water gardens and giant trees. In the spring enjoy displays of daffodils, camellias, magnolias and rhododendrons; rose gardens, lily ponds, billowing flower beds and wildflower meadows in summer; a treescape of rich leaf colour in autumn; and acres of bright, frosty landscapes in winter.
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  • mrandmrsg626
    Manchester, United Kingdom148 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning garden
    Stunning & well kept gardens. This was the first time we have seen the laburnum arch in full flower & it did not disappoint. The borders are so well planned & planted. It was so good to hear people from around the world enjoying it.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 27, 2023
  • Nimmy37
    Chester, United Kingdom806 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous daffodil display
    What a beautiful place. I have never seen so many daffodils in one place and the gardens are laid out so beautifully. Walking down to the streams and water section is a must but there are steps and inclines but well worth it. Lovely photo opportunities and baby ducklings were a joy to see. Lovely weather helped and we will certainly return during a different season
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 29, 2023
  • erictwiss
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful throughout
    Followed Mr Portillo by visiting by train, not advisable. However, the ends did justify the means that the whole visit was stunning. If repeating, we will use the car as the train & bus services are not feasible.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 31, 2023
  • Sue S
    Stockport, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely day out, extremely poor food and service. Long queues for food.
    Lovely Gardens, laburnum arch spectacular. Unfortunately day was spoilt by extremely poor service in both cafes, very slow service, food awful very little choice. Sandwiches stale, limited choice of cakes, again stale. Bring sandwiches next time!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 1, 2023
  • davidsemailathome
    Dyffryn Ardudwy, United Kingdom10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful garden day out only let down by the garden center and the unrestored water mill.
    We really enjoyed our visit and the garden and the Laburnum tunnel was fantastic. We spent the day there. I would like to mention just a couple of things. After spending the day jotting down the names of plants I liked, it was a bit of a let down at the garden center to find that all the plants were bought in and didn't match any of the plants growing within the gardens. Wouldn't it also be wonderful to restore the beautiful water mill and make more of it. There was just an open door that most people missed, and yet beyond was a wonderful wheel, no information and what a fantastic attraction. Maybe the rest of the machinery is now missing but just imagine a wheel of that size turning again with some interpretation about its history!
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Avrumeleh B
    Somers, New York275 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a place that shouldn't be missed!
    This is a garden that plainly said, isn't to be missed. The variety of plants including flowers, shrubs, trees and everything in between is extraordinary and their health and vigor is stunningly consistent. While it inarguably goes on and on and on, each and every step that we took in this incredible garden made my wife and I to go on and on to discover its every corner. It takes a while to do that but its worth is in every way. If you're within reach of this magnificent garden and you choose to pass it up, you will have made a wrong turn somewhere.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 8, 2023
  • kunduku
    Wirral, United Kingdom335 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful; scenic and interesting
    We were lucky enough to be in the area when the laburnum arch was in flower. We booked a parking place and it was extremely busy in the car park area but once we were walking around, it was not crowded at all. The laburnum arch was beautiful and worth the visit just for that but there was so much more to see too. The gardens are really beautiful and there was something interesting around every twist and turn of the paths. It was one of the hottest days of the year, so it ws good to have areas in full sun but also areas that provided shade. The cafe before the entrance was surprisingly quiet inside but it was very comfortable with plenty of choice for snacks and food. The plants and shop area were great with something for most budgets and the staff in the shop were really friendy and helpful. A thoroughly enjoyable few hours and plently left to see for a return trip.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Pat M
    Brisbane, Australia65 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nature Lovers Delight
    If you’re a nature lover then you MUST visit this garden. It has everything in the one place. Formal gardens, meadows, woodlands, river in the dell and a great collection of old trees. Put on your walking shoes because there is plenty to see. We spent the best part of the day there. They also have a fantastic gift and craft shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Richard B
    Basildon, United Kingdom198 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Well-kept large expanse of gardens, ponds. Lovely stream with bridges, waterfall. Bit hilly in places. Definitely worth a visit. Aim to spend at least half a day minimum. Bring food and drink with you.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Dave H
    Eyemouth, United Kingdom237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    This is a premium garden maintained to a high standard. We were lucky to find the Laburnum arch in full flower but get there early to miss the crowds. There is much more to see with the Rhododendrons in flower, and meander around the lakes to see the Roses, Waterlilies and Wisteria. Both the car park and gardens are on a hillside so expect steep paths and plenty of stairs.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
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MattAndLol
Bradford, UK478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We pre-booked our tickets for Bodnant gardens the week before our trip to Wales, as you have to at the moment, we chose the time slot 10.30 am to 11 am & luckily for us it was during the heatwave last month. We tried to follow the maps they gave us around the wooded parts in the morning but it was very badly signposted & confusing so we accidentally walked further than we intended which made us really tired in the heat. A lot of the woods was the same, it was nice to see the really tall champion trees though. I wouldn't recommend this part of the gardens to people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues as lots of trails were very steep & rough underfoot. We walked back to the car to get our picnic & took it to the picnic benches near the car park to eat lunch, this could have done with some shade but there wasn't any.
We enjoyed the afternoon at Bodnant much more than we had the morning as the routes we found were easier & flatter in general & more attractive to us. After lunch we concentrated on the areas nearer the house & these were really beautiful, the rose terraces, the "bath" with it's tropical planting, the views over the lily ponds across to the distant hills, the pin mill pond with the buildings was stunning. The pink water lilies were so striking though the laburnum arch was closed as it had finished flowering. The 3 of us really enjoyed the upper areas of Bodnant much more than the woods plus they were easier to find & flatter though there were still steps as the whole site is built on a hillside. Overall we have great memories of Bodnant but we preferred the top areas & as we said it's not suitable for people with mobility issues & I think young children would be bored there.
Written August 5, 2021
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LD12
Sheffield, UK331 contributions
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Mar 2020
So glad we visited Bodnant Garden during our week stay in Wales. It was absolutely amazing, there was so much to see and do. It was much bigger than we expected. The grounds were so clean and well looked after. There was a lovely elderly man that was so passionate about the place and he helped us follow our map as the signs were hard to follow - he gave us a good route to visit the best places. It was so tranquil and relaxing. A shame due to the time of year that a lot of things were blocked off and there was a lot of areas that didn't have plants. We enjoyed a drink and sausage roll at the shop. Absolutely loved it, though we felt that it was quite expensive at £15 each to enter.
Written March 23, 2020
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ElegantJo
117 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
We visited this garden for the fourth time, on a midweek day and in slightly unsettled weather, but were fortunate that there was no substantial rain while we were there. This garden thoroughly deserves its Grade 1 listed status. There is always something to intrigue, admire, amaze and learn in the many different rooms of the garden. Its position is enviable but the skill of those who designed it in the 1800s and its development since, owes everything to the skill and vision of those early owners.

The garden is full of mature trees, many of them Champion tree status, which gives a shape and interest to every part of the garden no matter when you visit. Even the Winter Garden on our visit in mid-summer had much to admire and to consider copying in our own way and on a much smaller scale.

On our last visit, the borders by the pin mill were being overhauled and replanted. Those plantings have come in to their own and are looking their best now. The other star of our visit today was the extraordinary and beautiful rose garden. This is just breath-taking in its beauty, scent and proliferation of lovely varieties, all seen at their best right now. We do not envy those who have to dead head these thousands of roses.

Our criticism? Well it was the lack of eating and drinking facilites within the garden. The small cafe next to the plant centre is closed for refurbishment, and so the only places are the Pavilion Cafe, which is outside the garden, or the takeaway kiosk right down in the Dell, where people who could not manage the steps and slopes would probably not venture. I am doing a separate review of the Pavilion Cafe, but suffice it to say here, that the length of queues there and the lack of outlets elsewhere would have been enough to send us off home at lunchtime, if we had not come so far. Judging by the dramatic reduction in people in the garden after the lunchtime, it had probably done just that. This has not been our expereince on previous visits. The criticism is not directed at the staff in these facilities who were working as hard as possible within the constraints, giving an indication that there were simply not enough of them.

We look forward to returning next Spring nevertheless!
Written July 8, 2021
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Steven T
Harrogate, UK176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
Visited on 27th September.
Hardens were lovely with lots to see.
I would recommend bringing a picnic as the ordering of food or drinks at the Pavillion cafe is ridiculous, queuing for 25mins to order, only one person taking orders for drinks, and one for hot food best of luck if you need a cold sandwich???
Written September 27, 2021
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Tom S
Oswestry, UK10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We last visited Bodnant in 2013 and the gardens have greatly expanded since then, with new woodland walks and spacious open meadows. We visited in early June, so were well timed to witness the stunning display of the laburnum arch, which had a small queue, apparently because it has just featured in a film.

The rest of the gardens are amazing, with a large formal area close to the house, leading down past terracing to the woodland river valley. The wooded areas are planted through with rhododendrons of all colours, which make for a truly magical vista. The weather was perfect for walking for hours through this amazing location, but be prepared for some steep uphill sections to get the full value of the property.

All of the paths are well made, however, and there are good signs to warn anyone with a wheelchair or who may be slightly infirm.

The cafes were very busy, with limited seating due to the current times, but the staff were processing people efficiently, so it did not take too long to get cups of tea and cakes.

All of the employees and volunteers at this National Trust property were so friendly and seemed genuinely pleased to talk about various aspects of the garden.

On the right day for weather, this is one of the finest places to visit in North Wales at the beginning of Summer.
Written June 9, 2021
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Eljê
Wales, UK83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
Stunningly beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed spending our day here. This was our first visit and I initially wanted to go during May to see the Laburnum Arch but I missed the chance to do and to go during Autumn/Winter was the second option.

Very helpful and polite staff. We paid £14 each and my 3-year old daughter went in for free. Totally worth the price considering the size of the gardens and that they were well-maintained. We saw many little groups of staff working and keeping the gardens in check and all were very friendly, especially to my daughter.

Many flowers still to be seen however our favourite were the Japanese Maple trees. We were in awe of their colourful beauty.

Toilet facilities were immaculate and we loved the cafe. We highly recommend the Pumpkin Spice Latte and Tiramisu Latte - they could easily give Starbucks a run!

All in all, very enjoyable and peaceful. Will definitely return next year!
Written November 5, 2021
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wowfactor
Marnhull, UK396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
These are wonderful gardens, quite unique with something for every season. When we visited this time there were lots of azaleas and rhododendrons even though they had sadly been battered by the recent rain and winds. The views are great and it is so peaceful to walk by the river and sit and enjoy the surroundings and the lovely planting. What spoiled the visit for us was the complete lack of organisation. I appreciate that we are in COVID times but places have had some time to prepare.

There was little, if hardly any, signage throughout the garden, apart from a map at the start and at the Far End. This made it very difficult to find your way around the garden and given that it is very steep in places, it is very frustrating to have to go back and forth to find your way round, particularly for those who are less mobile. I don’t understand why a paper map couldn’t be handed out on arrival as has happened in other gardens I have visited recently.

The cafe facilities also leave a lot to be desired. On the day we visited the only refreshments available were those outside the entrance which meant that there was nothing available throughout the whole garden and you had to go out if you wanted anything. The cafe itself was badly organised, just one service point which was very slow and meant long queues. And you weren’t able to see what was available until you were at the front on the queue as it was only displayed at the service point. As I have said, I recognise that COVID places additional requirements on organisations but there must surely be a better way to organise this. On a plus point, dogs are allowed in 2021. Hopefully this will continue in future years.
Written May 7, 2021
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Chrisgale
Sheffield, UK1,150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
This is a garden for all seasons. Daffodils needed some sun but lots out although the rain had spoilt some of the early magnolias. Plenty of parking, cafe, shop and dog friendly. Good walking paths and stunning views. Nice lunch in the cafe although we sat in the part decorated with plastic flowers and plants which looked nice but felt quite dark and claustrophobic. Someone might want to rethink the hanging bits over the doorways which caught on people's heads, not very hygienic.
Written March 7, 2020
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Jennifer259
Llanelli, UK468 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
What a Beautiful Place to Wander and Relax

We had an extremely pleasant visit.

The pre-booking system worked well and was designed to ensure that visitor numbers were kept within comfortable and safe limits.

The was lots of room to wander around the beautifully maintained garden.

A very knowledgable Guide answered our questions and was most friendly.

All plants were well labelled. There was no guessing the names of specimens.

A beautiful leisurely walk along the shaded river valley was a highlight of my visit. on such a hot day with lots of interest.

I would certainly recommend a visit to keen gardeners as well as members of the general public
Written July 19, 2021
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Tangoj63
Leighton Buzzard, UK991 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
An extensive garden. The house isn’t National Trust and isn’t open to visit. This is probably the best known garden in Wales and wouldn’t disappoint at any time of the year but it’s particularly famous for its Laburnum Arch which flowers towards the end of May. National Trust members are admitted free of charge but you do have to go online to book a timed slot.
Written September 10, 2020
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