One thing North Wales is perhaps most famous for is its extensive natural beauty, but that natural beauty has been given a little bit of an organised spin to it in the form of some of the most beautiful man-grown gardens you’ll find anywhere in the world really. In fact, North Wales is perhaps as famous for its beautiful gardens as it is for its natural beauty and its extensive history, part of which even dates all the way back to the medieval times.
So basically it’s safe to say that a visit to North Wales is not quite complete if it doesn’t encompass a stopover in at least two of the majestically beautiful gardens in the region and there are quite a few to choose from.
The Great Orme, Llandudno
In 1887, Lord Mostyn dedicated this valley to local residents, which has proven to be quite the gesture since it offers some superb views of the town over a century later. Landscaped, charming gardens which form part of the valley await the wanderer who is up for a sloping stroll, after which stroll you can kick-back and relax under the shade of the ancient, towering trees.
Plas Tan y Bwlch, Gwynedd
We can’t pronounce any of the words in this name either, but just write it down somewhere or bookmark this page and you’ll be glad you did. This is the Snowdonia National Park’s research epicentre, nestled within some wonderful gardens which go on for ages, such is their vastness and majesty. You will find a traditional Japanese garden on the grounds along with a water garden, a wildlife garden, an azalea walk and even a fern nursery, but none of these shows even the slightest hint of being hastily put together or anything of the sort. They’re all teeming with some exotic and unusual specimens, while woodlands along with valleys surround the mansion.
Bodrhyddan Hall, Denbighshire
You might have to venture out of your holiday cottage a bit to discover what is somewhat of a hidden gem in Denbighshire’s Bodrhyddan Hall, but the gentle trek or drive will be well worth it as the unrivalled beauty of the eight-acre garden comes into contact with your eyes. Expect to see a dingle, a Pleasance, an avenue and a Victorian parterre (a formal one). The dingle features some maze patterning, which beautifully lets some squared blooms to meander around the centrally-located enclosure. There is nothing on this earth like a visit here right in the middle of summer, on a sunny afternoon!
The holiday cottage you’ll be staying in will most definitely have some specific information for you about the best times to visit the great gardens of North Wales, otherwise, these are just three of about seven more gardens which the region is famous for. Some of the others include the likes of Bodnant Garden; Plas Newydd, Isle of Anglesey; Bodelwyddan Castle, Denbighshire; Grade I listed Ivy Collection; Plas yn Rhiw, Gwynedd; Portmeirion, Gwynedd; and Plas Brondanw, Gwynedd.
Take a look at this site for more information on what to see and where to go in Wales: