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Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn

4.8
#2 of 46 in Parks in Conwy County
Must see · Garden · Nature / Park
See plant species from all over the world originally grown from cuttings that arrived at Bodnant Garden more than a century ago. The world-famous garden here--which was developed around Bodnant House starting in 1874--provides spectacular views across Snowdonia National Park. This 32 hectare (80 acre) garden is split into two parts: the upper level surrounds the house and features Italianate terraces, specimen trees, and manicured lawns, with paths that take you to the lower level. Referred to as The Dell, the lower level is home to a wooded valley, wild garden, old mill, and even an enchanting spillway waterfall into the River Hiraethlyn. Enjoy fresh, local dishes at the Pavillion Tea Room, ice cream at The Kiosk, or home-baked scones and cakes at the Magnolia Tea Room. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Bodnant Garden by using our Tal-y-Cafn trip app.
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  • The gardens are well looked after, with lots of colourful flowers. They’re on a steep slope, and the best areas are terraced. There are some stunning views across the Conwy valley towards...  more »
  • Fabulous gardens,we came April,everything just starting to bloom,walk the many trails and pathways,need at least 3 to 4 hours to get around the grounds,even then you'd still miss something We...  more »
  • Visited when lockdown eased in Wales, luckily this coincided with the fabulous display of magnolias and rhododendrons. The gardens are immaculate and we are pleased we joined the national trust. We...  more »
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  • Even though we technically visited out of season. This place was sensational. It's 80 acres of both formal gardens as well as woods and folly's. It is picturesque and a place you can get lost in nature for a few hours. There is a cafe at the entrance and at the mill, though it is worth warning that the decent is steep. I use a cane and have a bad back, and it was rough, but manageable. If you have disabilities, the front desk has special maps with easy ways round which is brilliant! Entry is £14 for an adult, though you can add an extra £1 for gift aid, which looking at the gardens, is money well spent!!!!!
  • What an amazing garden to visit. A blaze of early autumn colour. Knowledgeable staff to advise best routes to take. 3 different refreshment venues. We loved the one by the stream a short walk from the waterfall. Ample parking and plenty of wheelchairs for the less mobile to borrow.
  • Beautiful gardens with lots of contrasting areas, formal Italianate terraces, wild flower meadows, woodland areas and water in pools, ponds and streams. There are several different routes through all or part of these large gardens, and the plants you see are well labelled in most cases. If you're peckish on your walk, stop at the cafe by the Old Mill. We loved the sausage rolls, and the other pasties & cakes looked good too. There's another larger cafe by the car park, and a garden centre and shop as you exit. There's also a large gallery of lovely Welsh crafts including original paintings, prints, cards, jewellery and gifts.
  • Excellent day out for the family. A really good mixture of formal gardens, to look at the amazing variety flowers and try and steel a few design ideas, plus open spaces and woodland paths to explore and allow the children space to run around. The grounds are really well staffed with very friendly people happy to stop and chat about the gardens and history of the place.
  • Stunning place. Good set of walking shoes is required as there are lots of paths and steps. There are steep sections with most being gravel or narrow trail paths. It will limit some disabled users. Worth going down to the woodland end cafe for a Mediterranean feel in the sunshine.

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