Visit the best gardens in Wales
From exotic species to local varieties, spending some time outdoors in a garden or park is a great way to make the most of the warm spring weather. Gardens offer the opportunity to see the best of nature all on show and a chance to learn about the flora and its history in the area.
With stunning natural scenery and a culture that celebrates the great outdoors, it’s no surprise that Wales is famous for its gardens both big and small. Whether you’re looking to spend an afternoon visiting a local garden or want to make a trip of it and tour around the country’s best, you can find gardens of all shapes and sizes to explore in Wales.
Gardens galore in Wales
Renowned for its natural scenery, Wales is bursting at the seams with outdoor activities of all kinds to offer travellers. Some favourites with visitors include:
Bodnant Garden – Explore 80 acres of stunning countryside looking over Snowdonia at Bodnant Garden. Cultivated by one family over five generations, this garden boasts plant species from around the world.
Picton Castle – A medieval castle is the perfect backdrop for the 40 acres of grounds at Picton Castle. The Walled Garden and woodland walk are particularly popular with visitors, who come from all over the UK to see rare species of Myrtles, Embrothium and Eucryphia.
The Garden House – Housing the National Collection of Hydrangeas, Species and Cultivars, the Garden House has 5 acres of beautifully manicured gardens to enjoy and is open to visitors throughout the spring and summer.
Powis Castle – Dating back more than 300 years, the gardens at Powis Castle are as impressive as the building itself. It’s often described as one of the best surviving examples of Baroque gardening in all of the UK, and has distinguishing features like yew terraces and a formal flower garden to enjoy.
Finding a garden in Wales
When you’re ready to plan your adventure, there are great places online you can look for inspiration. The best time to go is in spring and summer – gardens are groomed to their absolute best, and longer opening hours make it possible to enjoy the wonders of nature and enjoy the events and activities taking place on site.
The National Trust oversees a huge network of beautiful gardens and parks all over the UK and has several in Wales that are well worth a visit. From the website you can browse some of their most beautiful spaces and find out about upcoming special events that you may want to plan your journey around.
A great place to seek out the best public gardens is on the country’s official tourism website, Visit Wales, which has put together a list of country parks and botanical gardens.
And finally, hobby website British Gardens has also put together a useful overview of some of the best gardens in Wales – the guide is divided by region and also features helpful hints about nearby B&Bs in case you were planning an overnight trip. With so many great gardens to enjoy, the hardest part is choosing where to begin.
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