Bodnant Garden: Blooming beauty at the edge of Snowdonia

Tuesday 26 July 2011
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Bodnant Garden is located in the Conwy Valley in North Wales. The garden was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1949 by Henry McLaren, the second Baron Aberconway. The family still own the house and manage the gardens on behalf of the National Trust. The garden is formed from the upper formal terraced gardens adjacent to the house and the less formal wild garden, in the Dell, close to the River Hiraethlyn. The house and upper terraces have a view on the Carneddau range of mountains in the Snowdonia National Park. This range includes Drum, which I climbed as part of the WaterAid Corbett Challenge in 2006. Flowers at Bodnant Garden To admire ornamental flower beds, the garden close to the Entrance, is the place to visit. Pin Mill at Bodnant Garden One of the most popular attractions is the Pin Mill and canal with its water lilies. Lily pond at Bodnant Garden But I preferred the terrace above the Pin Mill and Canal, where the water lilies were even more prolific. Laburnum Arch at Bodnant The garden was begun in 1875 and developed until it expanded to the present 80 acres. Close to the visitor entrance is a 200 metre long laburnum arch which looks stunning in May when it is in flower. Unfortunately I have never visited in May :( The Poem, Bodnant Garden Heading down to the Dell you will pass the area where multiple varieties of Rhododendrons, Azaleas are bred. You will also find numerous varieties of Magnolias, Clematis, Camelia and Hydrrangeas. A tower known as “The Poem” is located at the top of the Dell. It is in fact the family mausoleum.River Hiraethlyn Dell, Bodnant Garden The Dell is home to some majestic Californian Redwood trees. One planted in in the late nineteenth century is now 45 metres high.   Visitor information By bus: Take the number 25 from Llandudno Junction Station. There is a bus stop by the gardens. By car: The Gardens are located close to the A470 between Llandudno Junction and Llanrwst. Disabled access: The gardens are accessible by wheelchair, in fact free wheelchairs and Braille guides are provided. It is possible to access a great deal of the gardens by wheelchair, but some paths are too steep and in other places steps rule out wheelchair access. There are licensed Tea Rooms close to the Garden entrance and exit. There is also a garden centre and shop run by the McLaren family. British National Trust Members and RHS Members get free access on presentation of their membership card. As do holders of theGreat British Heritage Pass, that can be purchased by visitors to Britain. Other posts featuring National Trust properties on the VisitBritain Superblog:  The Antrim Coast: Mythical Giants and incredible geology Top 10 must-see towers in Britain All photos by John Williams/a>, webmaster of the TravelCrunch blog

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