Bodnant Garden, National Trust
Colwyn Bay, North Wales
Average time spent – 3 hours.
Things to do at Bodnant Garden review
The award-winning Bodnant Garden is a fabulous National Trust property in North Wales, near Colwyn Bay and Conwy. Bodnant Hall is closed to the public but the gardens, which were gifted to the National Trust in 1949, are absolutely huge (80 acres) with lots of different areas to explore: from wildflower meadows, glades and dells to more formal flower-filled terraces, rose gardens and manicured lawns.
Our favourite part of the gardens is The Dell which is such a beautiful walk with magical surprises such as stepping stones and waterfalls – a real adventure for children (and adults too!). You really do feel as if you have stepped into a fairy tale.
We also enjoy exploring the magnificent terraces, five Italianate terraces built just before the First World War and influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. The terraces contain large ponds, paths, steps, large flower borders and rooms with Italianate statues and furniture giving them a classical feel.
Bodnant Garden changes with the seasons, so every time you go you will see something new. The colours, sights and smells are constantly changing and you will get a different experience every time you visit. We enjoy visiting around May time, when the world-famous Laburnum Arch is in bloom. The 55 metre long flowering arch was planted over 140 years ago and only flowers for a few weeks, once a year – it really is a stunning spectacle.
Another thing that makes Bodnant special is the fact that it is home to four National Collections of plants (Magnolia, Embothrium, Eucryphia and Rhododendron) which were brought back by 19th and early 20th-century plant hunters and explorers. The garden also has 22 Champion Trees, observed for their age, height and horticultural significance.
As with most National Trust properties, during school holidays Bodnant Garden has specific activities for children. When we visited, Bodnant was hosting a “Lost Words” trail which invited children (and adults!) to rediscover words and experiences from nature that are being lost in the age of technology, based on the book “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane.
Covid 19 – Please check the website or social media of an attraction before visiting. Many places may be open differently and some remain closed. Reviews do not mention all of these changes or possible price changes. Most places now require you to pre-book online in advance.
Bodnant Garden – Important Information
Eating – There are 2 tearooms at Bodnant, The Pavillion Tearoom and the Magnolia Tearoom. The Pavillion Tearoom serves hot meals, snacks, cakes and drinks and the Magnolia Tearoom serves drinks, cakes and bakes. There is also a Kiosk in The Dell which offers hot and cold snacks and drinks.
Facilities in brief – Beautiful gardens with different areas to explore. Stepping stones, waterfalls and more plus trails and other activities during the holidays. Cafe and toilets.
Entry price – *FREE to members of the National Trust or cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE or cheap – an adult ticket is just £8 or £4 for a child. They have family tickets at £20. Parking is free.
Opening: They are open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome in low seasons (October to March)
Address: Bodnant Rd, Tal-y-cafn, Colwyn Bay LL28 5RE, North Wales. Phone: 01492 650460
Guest post with thanks to Ella from Typical Mummy.
Category – Great outdoors – suitable for all ages.