There are many beautiful historic and modern gardens to visit in North Wales. Frosts are rarely hard and droughts seldom long, and gardens thrive because of their location benefiting from the warmth and moisture of the Gulf Stream making this an ideal place to grow plants from every corner of the world. Here are some of our favourite and all within a short drive from Bryn Llys.


Plas Cadnant Hidden Garden (click link for website)

As the name suggests, a hidden gem less than 20 mins drive from us. Described as one of North Wales best kept secrets is the hidden world of Plas Cadnant Gardens, situated at the side of the Menai Straits, hidden from view near to Menai Bridge on the Isle of Anglesey.

Bodnant Garden (click link for website)

Our favourite garden and a great day out for all ages. Home to National Collections and Champion Trees and with intimate corners, sweeping lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland, there are many gardens in one at Bodnant. With year-round colour, the garden is truly a special complete with a stunning backdrop of the Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia making it a delight for the senses.

Penrhyn Castle (click link for website)

Penrhyn Castle is only a short 10 minute drive from us and offers magnificent grounds as well as a unique castle. A great day out for the family, the extensive grounds are perfect for exploring and enjoying spectacular views of Snowdonia and the North Wales coast.

Plas Newydd (click link for website)

Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery of northern Snowdonia, lies the magnificent mansion and gardens, of Plas Newydd. There’s a fine spring garden and arboretum, and you can explore the woodland walks giving access to the rhododendron gardens.

Treborth Botanical Garden (click link for website)

Another little hidden gem nestled on the banks of the Menai Straits. Treborth Botanic Garden covers an area of 18 hectares and has been owned by Bangor University since 1960. The garden comprises 15native woodland, species rich unimproved grassland and a managed orchard and many mature trees and shrubs. A great day out when combined with a visit to Plas Cadnant or Plas Newydd all with a short drive of each other.