Nestled in the verdant Tywi Valley, ancient stonework, cobbled floors a running stream and beautifully sculpted gardens have been inspiring poets and nature lovers alike for centuries.
Tel: 01558 668998
Touted by locals as one of the most magnificent public gardens in the world, Bodnant Garden is situated across the valley from the striking Snowdonia mountain range. Punctuated by stone bridges, waterfalls and surreal looking archways emblazoned with clematis. Best times to visit are between March and June when an array of flowers are in bloom including daffodil, rhododendrons, Azaleas and Chilean Fire Bush. Enjoy your morning coffee in the Refreshment Pavilion, a turreted stone cottage that serves a variety of local food.
Tel: 44 01 49 26 50 46 0
Fax: 44 01 49 26 50 44 8
Open: Mid-Mar to the end of Oct, 10am – 5pm
Brecon Beacons National Park
This vast national park covers some 519 square miles and spans from the English border to Swansea. Within the park are four mountain ranges, limestone cliffs, wooded areas, waterfalls and caves.
Bro Meigan Gardens
Impressive and varied gardens that span over 6 1/2 acres in Pembrokeshire. Our favorite points are the turf maze, punctuated in the center by a striking monolithic sculpture of Preseli Bluestone (the same type of stone used for Stonehenge), the cottage garden, the oriental garden and the dragon’s nest which takes its palette from exotic flowers in vibrant oranges and reds. Bro Meigan Gardens can be found on the B4332 between Eglwyswrw and Boncath.
Open: Apr – Nov 11:00am – 6:00pm Wed – Mon, closed Tues
Tel: 44 (0)12 39 84 12 32
Replete with an austere estate house, sculpted lawns, gazing pools and striking stone sculpture. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to the Edwardian Garden for a rousing game of croquet. Dryffyn Gardens plays host to several world champion croquet players.
Open: April Sep – Oct 10:00am – 7:00pm and May – Aug 10:00am – 9:00pm, closed Nov – Mar
Errdig Hall, Gardens and Country Park
This 1922 manor house is a glorious monument to the packrat, this family never threw anything away. By displaying the trappings of everyday life, Erddig Hall affords an intimate glimpse into the history and lifestyle of a prominent Welsh family and their servants. Errdig’s 18th century walled garden has survived splendidly and is worth a gander as well.
Tel: 44 01 97 83 55 31 4
Tel: 44 01 93 85 57 01 9 (Info line)
Fax: 44 00 19 78 31 33 33
House: April 13 to Nov 4, Sat – Wed from 12:00pm to 5:00pm (April – Sep) and 12:00 – 4:00 pm (Oct and Nov), closed Thur and Fri and Nov 5 – April 12
Garden: Sat – Wed, 11:00am – 6:00pm (April – Sep), 11:00am – 5:00pm (Oct and Nov), closed Thur and Fri and Nov 5 – April 12
The National Botanic Garden of Wales (NBGW)
A monumental example of botanical garden, NBGW, located in Carmarthenshire was the most visited garden in Wales in the year 2000.
Picton Castle and Woodland Gardens
Built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan, his descendants currently reside in the castle.
Tel: 44 14 37 75 13 26
Snowdonia National Park
One of the most impressive national parks in the world, Snowdonia is Britain’s second largest at 3560 feet high. Mount Snowdon, the tallest in England and Wales towers above a river, waterfalls and several different walking paths leading to the top. Hikes take from five to several hours. If you lack the wherewithal to walk to the top, the Snowdon Mountain Railway takes visitors to the summit (Tel: 01286 870 223).