Bodnant Gardens is one of the best kept public gardens in North Wales, with a diverse range of trees, flowers and a wonderful population of bees spread across it’s 80 acre estate.
Gifted to the National Trust in 1949, the earliest records of a hall & gardens date back to the 1700s. The estate was purchased at auction in 1874 by Victorian industrialist Henry Davis Pochin and then developed by five generations of his family.
We filmed both these videos in 2019 at Bodnant, one in full summer sunshine in August and the other on a crisp autumnal day mid November. It’s amazing seeing the contrast between the seasons here, the garden design and planting choices are absolutely sublime.
Bees & Flowers in Summer
Trees at Bodnant
Bodnant Gardens has one of the most impressive collections of Champion Trees in the UK, with the careful and balanced planting going back two centuries. Notable mentions include the Manchurian Maple, Giant Sequoia and Japanese Umbrella Pine.
Famous Victorian landscape designer Edward Milner was commissioned by Henry Pochin to develop much of what we know of as Bodnant today. From the Laburnum Arch, breathtaking in full summer flower, to the wonderfully sculptured woodland gardens that comfort the River Hiraethlyn as it passes through the estate grounds.
How To Find Bodnant Gardens
Bodnant is most commonly reached via the A55 expressway, turning off at the A470 Llanwrst road and one final left turn onto Bodnant road.
Further down the A470 it’s possible to reach Betws Y Coed, Ogwen Valley and deeper into Snowdonia National Park.
The gardens are open to the public 7 days a week, we always check the official Bodnant website opening times before visiting.