Festival of Gardens

2017 sees the second year of the North Wales Festival of Gardens which will this year take place from Saturday 27th May until Sunday 11th June.  A unique event which brings together the finest gardens within one of the most beautiful regions of the British Isles.

Please see below list of gardens taking part in the  Festival. Many of the gardens are open throughout the year so if you can't join in the 16 day Festival please check out the opening times of the gardens to suit your visit.

As part of the festival there will be garden launch at Plas Tan y Bwlch with Peter Gibbs, Gardener's Question Time Chairman and former TV Weatherman.  To book tickets for the festival launch please call 01766 516025. A downloadable calendar of events throughout the festival period is also available.

Also as part of the festival this year a NEW Friends of the Garden Festival Discount Card has been produced that will include discounted entrance, grap a coffee or a gift.  Copy of the current offers are availablebelow and the discount card can be purchased by visiting our online shop


Terms and Conditions



£1 reduction in entry fee from £6 to £5


Aber Artro Hall, Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2PA

01341 241777

Two-for-one entrance to Bodrhyddan Plant Fayre on Sunday 11th June for any card/offer holders


Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth Rd, Rhuddlan LL18 5SB

01745 590155

Two-for-one entrance for any card/offer holders


Caerau Uchaf Gardens, Sarnau, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7LG

01678 530493

Two for one on entry tickets

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer

Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9AZ

01654 705950

10% discount to garden pass holders

Applicable to full price tickets only, any length of journey.  Not valid with any other offer

Ffestiniog &Welsh Highland Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog, LL49 9NF

01766 516000

20% off admission to garden and house

Offer valid on all admission tickets, unlimited use during festival dates

Nantclwyd-y-Dre, Castle Street, Ruthin, LL15 1DP

01824 708922/ 708232

20% off cream tea or a tea/coffee and a cake

One per card, offer available in courtyard tearoom only

National Trust Chirk Castle, Wrexham, LL15 5AF

01691 777701

Free pot of tea for one with any slice of cake sold.

Limited to one pot per cardholder.

National Trust Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT

01978 355314

Kids go free!

Enjoy free day entry for every child with an accompanying full-paying adult. One child per adult. Not valid with any other offer.

Parc Glynllifon, Clynnog Road, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL54 5DY

01766 771000

£4 entry instead of £5.50


Plas Brondanw, Llanfrothen, Gwynedd, LL48 6SW

01766 772772

Free tea or coffee

One tea or coffee per pass.  Only valid during Festival of Gardens North Wales 2017

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey LL59 5NH

01248 717174

Free tea and cake in the cafe


Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Garden and Woodland, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 7TT

01758 740763

20% off all admission tickets to house and garden during the festival period

Applies to all general admission tickets, unlimited use during festival dates.

Plas Newydd, Hill Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire, LL20 8AW

01978 861314

Free Tea or Coffee in the Dwyryd Tea Room

Available during normal Tea Room opening times

Plas Tan y Bwlch, Snowdonia National Park, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU

01766 771164

Free tea and coffee


The Dingle Garden, Frochas, Nr Welshpool, Powys SY21 9JD

01938 555145

Bodrhyddan Hall Gardens

Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth Road, Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, LL18 5SB Tel: 01745 590155 E-mail: info@bodrhyddan.co.uk

Bodrhyddan Hall Gardens


The gardens of Bodrhyddan Hall offer a variety of different settings.

From flowing lawns, formal parterres, woodland walks and the extensive pleasance, the grounds and gardens cover around twelve acres for guests and visitors to explore.  The gardens were almost completely overgrown until being restored in the 1970's.

Open: June to September Tuesday & Thursday

Times: 2pm - 5pm

Gwrych Castle Gardens

Llanddulas Road, Abergele, Conwy LL22 8ET

Gwrych Castle Gardens


The Georgian gardens of Gwrych Castle have lain derelict for the past one hundred years. For the first time the public will be able to visit the restored gardens.

Refreshments and guided tours available.

Dates Open: The gardens will be open on 27th, 28th and 29th May for the festival.  See website www.gwrychcastle.co.uk for full opening details.

Chirk Castle

Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF. Tel: 01691 777701 E-mail: chirkcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Chirk Castle


Chirk Castle was completed in 1310 during the reign of Edward I.

The Myddelton family bought the castle in 1595, and laid the first formal gardens which now cover 5.5 acres of manicured lawns,clipped yews, herbaceous borders, beautiful rose shrubs and rock gardens, the wooded Pleasure Ground and the 18th century ha-ha.

Dates Open: 28 January to 5 November

Times: 10am - 5pm


Wrexham, LL13 0YT. Tel: 01978 355314 E-mail: erddig@nationaltrust.org.uk



Explore a much-loved home, garden and 1,200-acre estate filled with the stories of the family and their servants.

Explore the 18th-century formal garden with grand lawns, avenues of pleached limes and a Victorian parterre. Fruit trees still grow here, as records show they did in Joshua Edisbury’s garden in 1700. Accessible garden loose gravel path and slopes.

Open: Daily

Times: During festival 10am to 5pm; House open 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Bodnant Garden

Tal-y-Cafn, Conwy, LL28 5RE. Tel: 01492 650460 E-mail: bodnantgarden@nationaltrust.org.uk

Bodnant Garden


Bodnant Garden is one of the finest gardens in the country not only known for its magnificent collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias but also for its idyllic setting above the River Conwy with extensive views of the Snowdonia range.

Bodnant is truly a garden for all seasons. With new areas opening up to visitors there’s more to see than ever.

Open: January, February, Novermber and December daily 10am - 4pm; March to October daily 10am - 5pm; Open until 8pm on Wednesdays from May to August

Plas yn Rhiw

Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8AB. Tel: 01758 780219 E-mail: plasynrhiw@nationaltrust.org.uk

Plas yn Rhiw


Enjoy a stroll around the beautifully restored ornamental garden of Plas yn Rhiw.

Nestled in the hillside above the sweeping bay of Porth Neigwl, this organic garden is brimming with flowering plants, framed by box hedges and stunning views. Explore the adjacent woodlands and orchard or relax in the tea-room.

Open: Days very, check website for details

Times: 23 March to 25 Sept, 11am - 5pm (house opens at 12pm); 27 Sept to 5 Nov, 11am - 4pm (house opens at 12pm)

Plas Newydd House and Gardens

Llanfairpwll, Anglesey LL61 6DQ Tel:01248 714795 E-mail plasnewydd@nationaltrust.org.uk

Plas Newydd House and Gardens


The ancestral family home of the Marquess of Anglesey sits on the shores of the Menai Strait enjoying breath-taking views of Snowdonia.

The surrounding gardens are great for exploring and include an Australasian arboretum, Italiante terrace garden, Frizbee golf course, adventure playground and extensive woodland walks.  You may even spot one of the resident Red Squirrels,

Open: Garden - 18 Feb to 31 Dec 7 days; House 18 Feb to 5 Nov 7 days

Times: 10.30am - 5pm (please check website for changes)

Powis Castle

Welshpool, Powys, SY21 8RF Tel: 01938 551929 E-mail powiscastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Powis Castle


Laid out in the early 18th century the gardens feature the finest remaining examples of Italian terraces in Britain.

Explore richly planted herbaceous borders, enormous yew hedges; lead statuary; an orangery and peaceful woodland.

Powis is undoubtedly a garden for all seasons. Also visit our World-Class collections in the castle itself.

Open: All Year

Times: Vary throughout the season please see website for details.

Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Garden & Woodland

Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7TT Tel: 01758 740763 E-mail: gwyn@oriel.org.uk

Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Garden & Woodland


Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is a Grade 2* listed gothic mansion built in 1857 as a dower house and is now the home of a vibrant arts centre run by an independent charitable trust.

Terraced gardens and woodland trails were developed when the house was built. Many of the exotic trees and shrubs have survived including a giant sequoia and an interwoven rhododendron.

The garden was extended in 2012-13 following the development of a new outdoor theatre and car park, numerous plants and shrubs were planted including hydrangeas, azaleas and camellias.

A recent addition to the garden is an old tram which used to carry visitors from the nearby town of Pwllheli to Glyn-y-Weddw between 1897 and 1927 when the art gallery and grounds were owned by the Andrews Family from Cardiff.

Open:  Plas Glyn-y-Weddw is open between 10am and 5pm daily, but closes on Tuesdays outside school holidays between October and May. Please visit the website www.oriel.org.uk for further information.

Aber Artro Hall

Llanbedr, Gwynedd LL45 2PA Tel: 01341 241777 E-mail info@gardensaberartro.co.uk

Aber Artro Hall


Arts & Crafts gardens, lovingly restored and extended.

“Rooms” include Italian courtyard, rock and pond, Japanese Zen, William Morris Rose and walled kitchen gardens.

Plus riverside walk, terraced perennial and shrub borders and woodland Way Of The Cross.

Tea, coffee and homemade cakes. Treehouse and eye-spy for children.

Open: 28 & 31 May; 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, & 11 June

Times: 2pm - 5pm

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens

Cadnant Road, Menai Bridge, Isle of Anglesey, LL59 5NH Tel: 01248 717174 E-mail: plascadnantgardens@gmail.com

Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens


Beautifully restored picturesque garden. Two acre formal Walled Garden with pool.

Picturesque Valley Gardens; dramatic rock formations; river, waterfalls and woodland with red squirrels. Many interesting and rare plants; beautiful herbaceous borders; colourful displays through the seasons.  Traditional Tea Room and Visitor Centre. Selection of garden plants for sale.

Open: April to end October (see website for full details)

Plas Tan y Bwlch

Snowdonia National Park Centre, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3YU Tel:01766 772600 E-mail plas@eryri-npa.gov.uk

Plas Tan y Bwlch


The historic Victorian gardens contain many rare and exotic shrubs and trees from around the world and are a garden for all seasons.

The gardens are complimented by an excellent tea room serving a variety of home-made cakes and snacks.

Guided or self-led visits can be arranged all year round.

Open: January to December

Times: 10am until dusk

Crug Farm Plants

Griffiths Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL55 1TU Tel: 01248 670232 E-mail: sue@crug-farm.co.uk

Crug Farm Plants


Crûg Farm Plants has an outstanding and unrivalled selection of plants, located in one of the most beautiful areas of North Wales.

For those of you who visit the nursery you will have the opportunity to stroll through our small woodland garden where you will see many of our shade loving introductions growing.

We are also open by prior appointment at mutually convenient times. Please check website for dates and events.

Open: 2nd April to 16th September

Times: Thursday - Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm

Caerau Uchaf Gardens

Sarnau, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7LG Tel:01678 530493 E-mail: info@caerau-gardens.co.uk

Caerau Uchaf Gardens


Situated high in the hill farming countryside, Caerau Uchaf is surprisingly sheltered and able to grow quite a variety of plants. It comprises of a series of different gardens and benefits from stunning views.

There are woodland walks and distractions for children too (Fort and Zipwire). Great home cooked food.

Open: Easter to end October

Times: 10am - 5pm (closed Tue & Wed)

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)

Machynlleth, Powys, SY20 9AZ Tel: 01654 705950

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)


With over seven acres of gardens and displays, and with 40 years’ experience in sustainability, CAT inspires thousands of visitors every year.

Learn more about organic growing, discover forest gardening, get started with composting, or simply stroll around the grounds on a relaxing day out.

Open: Monday 9th January to Friday 31st March 10am to 4pm; Saturday 1st April to Sunday 29th October 10am to 5pm


Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6ER Tel: 01766 770000 E-mail: meurig@portmeirion-village.com



Portmeirion is an Italianate Village nestling on the edge of Snowdonia, which was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1976.

It comprises of a formal garden within the village as well as a 70 acre headland known as the Gwyllt ‘Wild’ garden.

Open: All year except Christmas day

Times: 9.30am - 7.30pm

Plas Brondanw

Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6SW Tel:01766 772772 E-mail: enquiries@plasbrondanw.com

Plas Brondanw


Laid out by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, the gardens at Plas Brondanw are on designed axial views, which terminate with the surrounding mountain peaks.

Mature Yew hedging forms the vistas to draw the eye. The cafe serves delicious homemade food from local ingredients.

Open: Daily

Times: 10am - 5pm; Cafe Easter - End September 10am - 5pm

The Dingle

Frochas, Nr Welshpool, Powys SY21 9JD Tel: 01938 555145 E-mail: info@dinglenurseryandgarden.co.uk

The Dingle


South facing four acre garden set amongst the beautiful mid-Wales hills.

Winding paths lead down to a lake with unusual trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Very sheltered and peaceful, a great place to paint, take photographs and spot wildlife. A pair of otters and kingfishers have been seen recently.

Open: All year except Christmas week

Times: 9am - 5pm


Pwllheli, Gwynedd, LL53 8DL



Nanhoron is a delightful private estate on the Llyn Peninsula.

It has beautiful gardens which are rarely open to the public.

The owners of Nanhoron have agreed to open the gardens by appointment throughout the festival period at £5 per head.

For the opportunity to visit Nanhoron please telephone 01758 730610

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways

Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway, Harbour Station, Porthmadog LL49 9NF Tel: 01766 516000 E-mail: enquiries@ffwhr.com

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways


At the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways we are proud of our floral displays and gardens.

They are testimony to the hard work done by many volunteers and delight visitors through every season.  So we are delighted to be a part of this festival when we will be working closely with our friends at Plas Tan y Bwlch.

Take a train from either Porthmadog or Blaenau Ffestiniog to pretty Tan y Bwlch station from where self-guided walks to Plas Tan y Bwlch gardens are available throughout the year.

Open: 25th March - 5th November

Times: Please see website for details

Dibleys Nurseries

Rhyd-y-Meudwy, Llanelidan, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 2LG Tel: 01978 790677 E-mail: info@dibleys.com

Dibleys Nurseries


View our large production glasshouses filled with our award winning streptocarpus and houseplants; throughout our season plants are constantly being prepared for sale or for displays at major flower shows.

Our on-site shop always has a range of colourful houseplants, all grown by us, with a range of associated sundries for the avid houseplant enthusiast.

Our 8 acre garden is planted with a range of trees and shrubs which give colour throughout the year.  In the spring there are camellias, pieris and drits of spectacular rhododendrons; in the summer groups of escallonias and buddlejas fill the garden with interest.

Open: Apr to Aug, Mon - Sat; Mar, Sep & Oct - Weekdays

Treborth Botanic Garden

Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2RQ Tel: 01248 353398 E-mail: treborth@bangor.ac.uk

Treborth Botanic Garden


Treborth Botanic Garden, situated on the shores of the Menai Straits is owned by Bangor University and exists to further the conservation, sustainable use and enjoyment of plants and the natural world through education, research, training and community engagement.

The garden is comprised of native woodland, species rich unimproved grassland, managed orchards and many mature trees and shrubs.  There are six glasshouses of varying temperatures, with special collections including orchids, cacti, succulents, and carnivorous plants.

Open: Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm; Saturday - Sunday - closed except for events and private bookings. 

Please see website for details.


Plas Newydd Llangollen

Hill Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire LL20 8AW Tel: 01978 862834 E-mail: plasnewydd@denbighshire.gov.uk

Plas Newydd Llangollen


In the late 18th and early 19th centuries the famous 'Ladies of Llangollen' were devoted to these ten acres of gardens and woodland.

With views of Castell Dinas Bran above, this listed landscape has a stunning Spring display of primroses, crocus and other bulbs.

The Ladies follies can still be visited, as can the formal gardens and parterre, shrubbery, rose garden and exceptional topiary.  Peaceful woodland walks along the Cyflamen stream and tearooms with homemade treats.

  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Trails/activities for all ages


  • Gardens - All Year
  • House & Tearooms - 1st April to 30th October (see website for days/times)


Castle Street, Ruthin, Denbighshire LL15 1DP Tel: 01824 708922/708232 E-mail: heritage@denbighshire.gov.uk



15th Century Timber Hall House and newly restored walled gardens dating from medieval times.

Features such as the rose pergola, nuttery, and flowery meads demonstrate the gardens' historic uses - for medicine, cooking and sensory pleasure.  The orchard is host to traditional varieties of apple and pear and a Denbigh Plum.  Along the paths are fruit bushes, medlar, quince and mulberry, a fantastic display of wild poppies and an undisturbed 'pet cemetery'.

Unique views of the historic town, Castle and surround hills can be enjoyed from the gardens' hidden, elevated position.

Open: General Visiting 1st April - 30th September (no pre-booking required, see website for days and times).  All year for PRE-BOOKED groups (subject to availability, fees apply)

Parc Glynllifon

Clynnog Road, Nr Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 5DY Tel: 01286 831353 E-mail: parcglynllifon@gwynedd.gov.uk

Parc Glynllifon


A Grade One listed garden and designated Site of Special Scientific Interest with miles of nature-rich rustic woodland walks, charming historic features and contemporary sculptures.

Things to see and do: Tree Trail, family treasure hunt, orienteering course, historical steam engine, play area, craft workshops, shop and cafe.



  • Peak Season (1 April - 30 September) Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm
  • Low Season (1 October - 31 March) Thursday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 11am - 4pm

Open every day during most school holidays