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“Winter Wonder garden” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden
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Owner description: 80 acres of magnificent Garden in the beautiful Conwy Valley. Stunning collections of plants and trees from around the World, giving interest and colour throughout the seasons.Varied Events Programme offering something for everyone.
Oswaldtwistle, United Kingdom
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“Winter Wonder garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We have visited this garden at various times and this year it was open for the winter season with a new Winter Garden. Some of the areas of the garden were roped off for various reasons but the entry fee was reduced by half. We are NT members so it did not apply to us anyway. the new garden is magnificent !! Home made soup and crusty bread was available at the Dell and there was an open log fire which was contained in a special fireplace....great soup and great fire. when we were there the payment of £2 was by using an honesty box!! The water in the falls was amazing and to make our visit so specila we saw an otter. Then after 3 hours walking round we plante snowdrops for an hour along with the staff. This is available each afternoon from 2pm till closing until 20,000 have been planted. We vwil go back next year to look at "our" snowdrops. Well worth a visit. Great Tea Room too.

Visited February 2013
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Denbigh, United Kingdom
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“One of the best gardends we've visited”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

The garden is located on a steep hill leading down from the house (not open to the public) into a deep valley. As a result there are few level areas, so little in the way of formal gardens. Until 2012 Bodnant was not open over winter, so we have only visited at other times of year. Have visited about 30 times over the last 20 years – we live only 30 minutes away. Best time to visit is early May when the azaleas and rhododendrons are out. The other good time to visit is autumn. It is quite a large garden and the multi levels mean it seldom appears crowded. But it does get particularly busy when the laburnum arch is in flower second half of May. The arch is impressive when in flower, but is only at its best for a very short period of time; about a week at most. I’d guess it would look stunning with the sun shining on it, but the sun has always been behind the trees when I’ve visited. Most of my visits are morning, but I guess late afternoon would be right for the sun. The timing of the arch is very dependent on the weather over the previous weeks so if you particularly want to see the arch phone before visiting. Over the last couple of years a lot of mature growth had been removed, and whole areas replanted. So they look a bit bare. There’s also a rolling programme of pathway and steps repair. Parts of the garden are not open to the public such as the hill opposite the house. My wife went on a head gardener tours which took the guests into these areas – but I think that was exceptional because the head gardener was not available for personal reasons so someone else took the tour. We visit with our kids who are now in the latter teens. They used to enjoy visiting when young because they could explore the numerous paths.

Visited May 2012
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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“Disappointing”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

When we visited, we were told we couldn't walk on any of the grassed areas as they were waterlogged (fair enough), and that a couple of the paths were closed as they were muddy.
However, we found that actually, a GREAT number of the paths were cordoned off for no apparent reason, and a further significant number as people were working in the vicinity. End result: we couldn't access much of the gardens, and having planned various routes round, found ourselves trapped and unable to leave as all the paths leading to the exit at the end of our walk were closed! Another elderly couple we bumped into were similarly baffled and unable to find the exit, so we decided to go down one of the closed paths and escape together!
I was so fed up with all the closed paths by this point that all I wanted to do was get out and go home, and I couldn't even do that! It was awful. We would never have gone in if the map we were given had shown all the bits we couldn't access.
I am sure that the garden is fantastic in summer, but in winter, when much of the garden is leafless and flowerless, and a good deal of it is out of bounds, it's just not worth even the reduced winter admission price. We overheard other people complaining to staff about the reduced access and being fobbed off - it's just not on.
Oh - and watch out for the staff on the ticket desk adding on gift aid automatically without asking. Bit of a cheek!

Visited February 2013
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North Wales, United Kingdom
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“Wow!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Bodnant gardens are gorgeous- just what you would expect from the National Trust. The laburnam arch is stunning when it is in flower. There are so many different areas encompassing formal to wooded. We live fairly locally and visit regularly and enjoy taking friends. There is a lovely tea shop and also a graden centre and variety of craft type shops.

Visited August 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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“Fabulous Gardens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Absolutely loved the place - one of the best gardens I've ever visited. Lovely walks through well landscaped grounds, which are immaculately kept. The kind of place you can visit any time of year and there will always be something of interest for you to see.

Even if you're not a garden enthusiast (I try ...!), it's still worth the visit.

Visited November 2012
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