My Tourist Travels

Beautiful Bodnant Garden

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.

Bodnant Garden tunnel

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.

Bodnant Garden Azaleas

Bodnant Garden Azaleas

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.

Bodnant Garden Laburnum Arch

July is a fabulous time of year to visit, with colour at every turn.

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Hall itself looked pretty spectacular against the bright blue sky too!

Bodnant Hall

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.

Bodnant Garden sign

The Terraces were indeed magnificent with an array of beautiful scented roses.

Bodnant Garden Terraces

Bodnant Garden roses

Bodnant Garden 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.

Bodnant Garden roses

Bodnant Garden rose

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 …..

Bodnant Garden bench

To the hidden away….Garden Bench at Bodnant


There are intriguing archways…..

Bodnant Garden Archway

Views to admire…..

Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden Tree

And stunning scenery…..

Bodnant Garden Pin Mill

The Wildflower Border (above to the right) was looking fabulous.

Bodnant Garden Wildflower border

And just on the approach to the garden exit (and Garden Centre, Cafe and Shop) there was one final colourful farewell…

Bodnant Garden

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.