Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

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Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and are being restored to their former glory. First laid out in 1804 in the 'picturesque' style of Humphry Repton, the famous Victorian landscape designer, the gardens had become derelict by 1996. There are 10 acres of gardens, included a 2 acre Walled Garden, fantastic valley gardens packed with unusual and interesting plants, flowering shrubs and trees; river and waterfalls. Home made cakes are served in the traditional Tea Room. Visitor Centre describing the history and restoration of the gardens. In 2017 open 12noon-5pm on Weds/Thurs/Suns in April; Tues/Weds/Thurs/Suns May-Sep; Weds/Thurs/Suns in October. Pre-booked private group tours by appointment.
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George W
Southport, UK26 contributions
What a fabulous place for an afternoon out. The car parking is extensive with more than enough room for all. We entered the site and as we were trying to orientate ourselves we met the owner who showed us the facilities and walked us to the start of his suggested path around the gardens. The gardens are a mixture of manicured formal areas and more rugged areas with lots of seating all the way round. The cafe is fine with a nice selection of food and drink. The only problem with our visit was that a heavy shower forced virtually everyone into the cafe at the same time so it became very crowded with a long queue. Overall we would recommend Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens if you want an excellent afternoon in a beautiful setting.
Written May 21, 2022
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Thank you for your review. Anthony, the owner is often about and is always happy to meet and assist visitors. I am sorry that the downpour sent everyone inside the tea room at once, but we are thrilled that your afternoon was otherwise excellent.
Written May 30, 2022
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Kerry
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Friends
Visited here whilst staying in Beaumaris after it was recommended to me. Beautiful place the plants, flowers are wonderful very peaceful and calm. Colours are lovely and I had lunch in the cafe, home made cakes, quiches and soups all reasonably priced. Cleaning was a high rate in the cafe. The entrance price was worthwhile as it takes a few hours to walk around all aspects of the garden. I will return during the other seasons of the year. Only slight observation I made was the cashier seemed overwhelmed with people queuing to enter, covid rules are followed extremely well.
Written October 18, 2020
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Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your first visit to Plas Cadnant. Our catering team will be very pleased that you found everything to be reasonably priced. The wellbeing of our staff and visitors is our highest priority and we are very glad that you approve of the measures we have in place.
Written October 18, 2020
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Grengee
Liverpool92 contributions
Couples
Beautiful place to visit and different routes for level of ability. There was one thing I found frustrating though. The only way into this garden is through a very large building with large open doors at either end. Because of this you have to wear masks and enter track and trace details. But this is a garden and I forgot for a split minute from getting out of my car in a field and was therefore shouted at the full length of the building and believe me it is a very big building. (The sign to wear a mask was on the open door didn't notice it). I have no problem wearing a mask had it in my pocket but as the words of welcome were loudly " put your mask on" and "fill in the track and trace" I didn't feel very welcome. I didn't stop to read the information lining the walls. Now there is a way of entering this garden without going inside a building and I would of liked the option to do this because I do agree covid is still a problem and being inside buildings with other people should be avoided.
The gardens themselves are lovely.
Written August 21, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you found the gardens beautiful. I am however sorry that you found the entry into the gardens frustrating. Unfortunately, it is not possible to use the chained-off vehicular access for visitor entry as it would require having our electronics and paperwork outdoors. We have several signs around the entrance (including on the table directly ahead) reminding visitors of the Covid measures and our staff are asked to remind visitors of these measures to ensure the safety of all our staff and visitors.
Written August 23, 2021
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Kab
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Entrance fee was not worth the value for disabled as the are they could get to was only about 1/5th of the garden. Advised they could go across the grass but mobility scooters could not get on with a 4” step up and no slope/ramp to get on or off. OAP fee again not worth it due to the gradient down to the bottom as most are not good at walking due to age so cannot get to see everything. Went in June gardens looked unkempt and not labels to identify plants/shrubs/trees. There was not many plants in bloom so need to pick your time of year to get the most of your visit.
Written June 21, 2022
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In response to your review, our staff are disappointed and greatly offended by your comments as our garden team work exceptionally hard throughout each week of the year to maintain the gardens. We make it as clear as possible that the gardens are not ideal for visitors with limited mobility and many of our less mobile visitors find our disabled rate of £4.00 (less than half our standard entry rate) very reasonable. Also, the suggested routes on the map indicate the areas that are more suitable for wheelchairs and mobility scooters; other areas depend on the suitability of the wheelchair or scooter. The vast majority of our plants are labelled and there is currently quite a bit of colour from our varieties of rose, lily and cornus to name a few current highlights; and am sorry that you didn’t see them. I believe the owner has replied to your email in greater detail and hope you find it of use. I am sorry that your opinion was so different to most of our visitors and that you were disappointed.
Written June 27, 2022
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Hazand93
Stretford, England, United Kingdom282 contributions
We were saying in our caravan nearby and on way to Beaumaris through Menai Bridge when we saw the sign, I has seen a leaflet at campsite with no real plans we decided to visit. It was just after 12pm when grounds open so relatively busy with a few people in front and behind whilst trying to maintain social distancing. We had a lovely walk round the the easier of paths has we have mobility problems and saw some amazing plants my favorite was the alpine sea holly a beautiful blue thistle. When we retuned to the main buildings the harpist Michael Richards was playing he had been setting up when we set off. I looked at the songs he had on the CDs he was selling. His legacy CD had may favourites of mine on including the wonderful chi Mai the theme tune of the 19802 BBC 2 TV drama The Life and Times of David Lloyd George. I had great delight playing it later that week when we visited Llanystumdwy and Criccieth where DLG lived. DLG was MP for Caernarfon Borough then Prime Minister. i have plant identify app on my phone and enjoyed discovering new to me plants
Written July 16, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your visit to the gardens; the eryngium are among my favourites too and are so vibrant at the moment. It is always a treat to have Michael's harp playing and a treat to have a soundtrack to your visit to Llanystumdwy.
Written July 23, 2021
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Dancing_Badger
Bury, UK139 contributions
Although we've visited Anglesey many times we only just discovered Plas Cadnant and are delighted that we did. We were lucky enough to arrive as the head gardner, who introduced himself as Chris, was about to commence a free tour of the gardens. He was approachable, knowledgeable and clear, and gave us a huge amount of detail, both about the background of the estate, and about the various plants which could be seen. It was fascinating, and his expertise and his passion for the gardens, and for gardens in general, shone through. We learnt a lot that we'd have otherwise missed.

However, even if you aren't lucky enough to get an expert guided tour there's loads to see here, this is an attractive and interesting place to visit and lose yourself for a couple of hours - and I speak as somebody who isn't generally a particular garden enthusiast.

It's worth noting that some of the paths in the less formal parts of the garden are steep and there are a number of steps - not too challenging if you wear sensible shoes and are reasonably fit but potentially an issue if you have restricted mobility. The paths are clearly marked however, with a colour chart on the free leaflet to indicate which paths are suitable for visitors with different levels of mobility.

I see the comments about the tea room from some reviewers. It isn't cheap, but it's not really a snack bar, it's a proper tea room. They have some very tasty cakes which you can enjoy with a proper pot of tea or a decent coffee and a splendid view over the gardens. A brew and a cake each for the two of us came to £11.80 which I don't think compares that unfavourably with a high street coffee shop. In any event if you feel that's a bit steep it's really not very far to Menai Bridge or Beaumaris where there are plenty of places to eat.

Overall we had a very enjoyable afternoon - it was made even better for us by the guided tour, but even absent that I would still happily recommend Plas Cadnant for a visit.
Written August 19, 2021
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Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed exploring the gardens with our head gardener. Chris is very passionate about gardens and he will be pleased to hear that you found the guided walk interesting and informative.
Written August 23, 2021
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Thowdmon
Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK612 contributions
The problem with gardens like this is that the walking can be an issue for some people, particularly as the best is hardest to get to. If you can manage it, then it is rather good. We enjoyed our day there.
The fact that it is a return visit perhaps says most.
A minor point to note is that if there is a coach in the car park, then the cafe is likely to be a bit busy. Since we first visited, the seating area has increased. I enjoyed a tuna jacket.
Written June 25, 2022
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Thank you for your review. The paths in the Valley Garden can certainly be steep in places, but definitely worth it if able. We always enjoy welcoming visitors back to Plas Cadnant and we are delighted that you enjoyed your return visit and your tuna jacket.
Written June 27, 2022
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Helena1955
Overton, UK77 contributions
Couples
We’re members of Historic Houses which is how we learned of the existence of these beautiful gardens, hence our visit. The work that has gone into uncovering and restoring the lost gardens since the new owner bought the estate in 1996 is phenomenal and a tribute to him, his team and their combined vision. We hadn’t realised the newly restored gardens had then been seriously damaged by floods in 2015, but thanks to a superhuman effort by the owner, his staff and numerous volunteers, they have again been restored to their former glory. You could spend all day here, admiring the planting. The icing on the cake for us was our visit to the lovely tea room where tea is still served in a proper teapot, with a china cup and saucer, a custom which seems to be dying out at NT restaurants, where cardboard cups are now the norm. At Plas Cadnant you get a proper cuppa and delicious cakes and scones too. We highly recommend a visit.
Written June 30, 2022
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Thank you for your review and recommendation. We are thrilled that you enjoyed exploring the gardens and admiring the planting; some of our hydrangea are starting to bring colour throughout the Walled Garden and Valley Gardens. Our catering team will also be very pleased that your visit to the tea room was the icing on the cake.
Written July 4, 2022
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Claire F
Stoke-on-Trent, UK13 contributions
Family
Plas Cadnant had been recommended by my sister so off we went - 2 adults and a 15 yr old daughter. Absolutely first class from when we turned in the drive. Lovely to see lots of sheep everywhere in the drive and on the car park and surrounding fields. Very organised entry and map of gardens handed out by owner Anthony Tavernor ( hands on, very friendly and helpful). Beautifully maintained gardens from start to finish - better than a lot of National Trust ones. Loved how there was a sign saying ‘ please feel free to walk on the grass’. Lots of seating areas and photo opportunities. Feels like a very personal garden but you are allowed in. The quality of the signs, buildings, benches and name tags on trees is superb - we have already looked at booking one of the holiday cottages!! Cakes from tearoom delicious too. Great value and will return.
Written July 29, 2020
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Thank you for your review. Anthony will be overjoyed that you enjoyed your first visit to Plas Cadnant. His aim with the gardens is to maintain a more personal, private garden feel, so it's great that that came across. We can't wait to welcome you back.
Written August 1, 2020
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Steph Butcher
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Couples
We visited Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens today on perhaps the rainiest day we have seen for a while - despite the rain the beautiful gardens were still definitely worth the visit!

We arrived and were greeted by a lovely man who informed us that the gardens were just about to close due to the bad weather, however he allowed us to have a quick walk around anyway just before they closed up - and I’m so grateful he did! We spent a week here in Anglesey and this was by far my favourite place we visited.

The gardens were stunning - wide, accessible paths surrounded by beautiful greenery, a waterfall and hundreds of different plants and flowers.

The staff were friendly and welcoming. They had a lovely looking tea room also, closed already as we arrived late but I’m looking forward to returning in better weather!
Written June 25, 2021
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Thank you for your review. Anglesey and North Wales have a wealth of wonders to visit and we are thrilled that even though the weather was poor, you enjoyed exploring the gardens. We open five days a week in July and August (closed Mondays and Saturdays) and hope the sun is shining next time you visit.
Written July 12, 2021
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Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Fri 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM