Turn off the A55 just past Colwyn Bay and follow the signs for Bodnant Gardens to a narrow road. The car park is on one side of the road, the gardens on the other reached by a subway.
This is a spectacular garden on a steeply sloping site down to the river Conwy. The lawns are magnificent and the bedding along a south facing wall delightful. There were some wonderful rose displays and terraced gardens in front of the house (house not part of the property open to the public).
The trees were outstanding - it is sometimes called the home of champion trees. There are some superb beeches that are awe inspring. Tree-huggers must drool over them. There was one very unusual massive tree (castanea sativa) of which the boughs had bent down and rooted.
The swathes of rhodedendrons, azaleas and magnolias would have been a fabulous display in April and May but we were there in July when the focus is the roses. Also in the spring you can see a wonderful display under the laburnham arch. Look out for the postcards that show this spectacular display.
A word of warning for those of limited mobility: there are some VERY steep paths. For the children, there is loads of space to run around and some of the trees look temptingly climable.
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