Beautiful Bodnant Garden in North Wales was established in 1874 and was given to the National Trust in 1949. Whether you are a keen gardener yourself or just enjoy being in a beautiful garden, it really is a fabulous place to visit.
The garden is not far from the main A55, so even if not living or staying locally it makes an ideal stop off en route to or from Anglesey or Snowdonia. There is plenty of car parking on the opposite side of the road near the Pavilion Tearoom. It is quite steep, but there are reserved spaces nearby for those in need. The garden itself is via an accessible tunnel under the road.
The entrance has to be one of the prettiest and most inviting garden entrances….who wouldn’t want to step through this archway?
The garden is famous for its incredible Laburnum Arch which springs to life in May each year. However, we have yet to see this!
Last year we visited in early May and were just a little too early, although the wonderful colours of the rhododendrons and azaleas more than made up for that, as can be seen in last May’s pictures below.
This year our visit was in July, so this time we were way too late to stroll through the golden arches. Even in its bare state, however, at 55m long it still makes quite a spectacular sight.
July is a fabulous time of year to visit, with colour at every turn.
Bodnant Hall itself looked pretty spectacular against the bright blue sky too!
All signs pointed to the roses on the Terraces, so we thought we’d better head there to see what all the fuss was about.
The Terraces were indeed magnificent with an array of beautiful scented roses.
Unfortunately, recent weather had not been kind to the roses and they did seem to be past their prime (note to self – visit in June next year!) but there were still some magnificent specimens to be seen.
One nice thing about the garden is that there are loads of benches dotted across the garden for resting weary legs.
These range from the magnificent …..
There are intriguing archways…..
Views to admire…..
And stunning scenery…..
The Wildflower Border (above to the right) was looking fabulous.
And just on the approach to the garden exit (and Garden Centre, Cafe and Shop) there was one final colourful farewell…
We didn’t get chance to walk further afield on this visit, leaving the Magnolia Walk, The Dell and Arboretum unexplored. But that is the beauty of a garden, it’s constantly changing and there is always something new to see on every visit.
You can find out more, including latest plant updates and opening times on the National Trust website.