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“Spectacular gardens on steep site”
Review of Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden
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Owner description: 80 acres of magnificent Garden in the beautiful Conwy Valley. Stunning collections of plants and trees from around the World, giving interest and colour throughout the seasons.Varied Events Programme offering something for everyone.
Reviewed 11 July 2014

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.

6  Thank Normanta
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

I am a gardener with brown fingers, yes everything I plant dies. I also have difficulty telling the difference between a daffodil and a dandelion so for me to wax lyrical over a garden is, well neigh unheard of.

The place is magnificent. There must have been hundreds of people there, judging by the cars and coaches in the car parks, yet the gardens were peaceful and quiet. With so many acres, so many paths and different garden areas you could lose a couple of regiments and their tanks in the place. It helped that it was a beautiful sunny day and the flowers were out, well a lot of them at least and even I stared to be able to recognise the odd species.

There are nooks and crannies with benches all over the place, ideal for a rest between the different levels and as some naysayers have pointed out on this site, to walk around the entire place you do need to be reasonably mobile. Having said that, the paths NOT suitable for wheelchairs are clearly marked on the map one is given. Hey, it's a garden, expect some rough paths, steps and grass.

Will return with some very 'gardenie' friends when they come to visit.

1  Thank FoodieOswestry
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Reviewed 8 July 2014

This has to be one of nicest places I have ever been to. Despite a busy car park, you get the feeling that you are the only person there. Lovely walks through the gardens leading to ponds, fountains and rivers. Perfect afternoon in the wonderful North Wales countryside. Highly recommended.

Thank bungleboo72
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

National Trust Gardens at their best. You can lose yourself for hours in here there are all sorts of paths and interesting features and they work really hard to display the plants and flowers.

It is fairly wheel chair accessible even though it is on a hill - the paths are designed to gently slope, but just remember what goes down must come back up!!

Friendly and knowledgeable staff too.

Thank Nigel W
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Wonderful gardens that you can spend half a day wondering through. Can only imaging how amazing they would be when the Magnolias and Rhododendrons are in bloom.

Thank Manish249
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