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Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn

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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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  • Where do I begin? I visited here with my parents, (I have visited here before just after the relaxation of the Covid 19 house arrest, er sorry - lockdown....! The weather that was time awful, dark... 
    Where do I begin? I visited here with my parents, (I have visited here before just after the relaxation of the Covid 19 house arrest, er sorry - lockdown....! The weather that was time awful, dark...  more »
  • We joined a guided tour (Pat was our guide) which was tremendous. You get a potted history of the families who have owned the place and of the important flora. Some of the trees are spectacular and... 
    We joined a guided tour (Pat was our guide) which was tremendous. You get a potted history of the families who have owned the place and of the important flora. Some of the trees are spectacular and...  more »
  • Been visiting this garden for many, many years. We used to scamper around but now, sadly, wobble slowly on our sticks. The garden, however remains beautiful and we!l kept as ever due in part to the... 
    Been visiting this garden for many, many years. We used to scamper around but now, sadly, wobble slowly on our sticks. The garden, however remains beautiful and we!l kept as ever due in part to the...  more »
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  • It was the first time I'd used a small mobility scooter the top area and roses where easy to navigate. I noticed larger scooters could get around quite well onto the lower terraces. You have to think of the drainage of the battery. So relaxing such lovely colours around you. It's so worth the visit. Our daughter and son in law visiting from Alberta Canada loved it all. We sat and relaxed on one of the benches after a nice picnic and waited for them to come back.
  • An amazing place to visit been in winter and summer. Grounds are well kept, walks and views are wonderful, really well looked after. Some places are a bit tricky if your disabled, but if a lovely day great place for a picnic. Shops and restaurants on site and in summer a small cafe open in the lower gardens. We had a ice-cream from cafe was best we have had. Also they do weddings as was one on when we visited.
  • One of the loveliest National Trust gardens I've visited. Azaleas, Spring flowers & magnolias were out when we visited. Beautiful terraces, ponds, buildings with lots of interesting walks. Plenty of seats to just sit & relax. Not as big as I expected & queues at cafe in the gardens. Nice craft centre with reasonably priced individual work. Garden centre with all usual things to see & buy.
  • Bodnant Garden was the surprise of our holiday! We loved the scale of the grounds and the wide variety of plants, from the Italian style pond to the terraced gardens. We were very lucky to see the Laburnum walk in full flower, as we did not know about it in advance. Dog-friendly all over the grounds, including the shops and cafes. Highly recommended to visit at any time of the year!
  • Gardens are without a doubt 5/5. Really stunning and after 2.5hrs we still hadn't seen everything. Wonderful, friendly staff. The downside was the food at the cafe by the entrance. We had a ham & cheese sandwich which had very little filling and tasted stale. The garden soup was basically unseasoned water with LOTS of celery, onions and peas. I eat a lot of soup and this was not a soup at all. The bloomer and butter that came with it was delicious as were the cakes and coffees. Overall a really wonderful day out, but next time I'll bring a packed lunch.

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