Things to do North Wales, Bodnant Gardens, Places to visit in North Wales | The Groes Inn

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There’s no doubt about it: North Wales is famous for its gardens. If you’re looking for places to visit in North Wales, this handpicked selection of well-groomed gardens and handsome houses are an absolute must. Better still, they’re all in easy reach of The Groes Inn in Conwy…


Bodnant Gardens – National Trust

Distance from The Groes: 4.7miles, 13minutes’ drive (practically on our doorstep!)

Take five generations of one family, send them on century of plant-hunting expeditions all over the world and give them 80-acres to play with, what do you get…? One of the UK’s finest botanical collections: Bodnant Gardens. With a reputation for excellence, these good-looking gardens feature landscaped lawns, grand ponds, impressive terraces, awe-inspiring views across Snowdonia and unusual plant collections. Stunning all year-round, visit in summer to ogle at the world-famous rose collection. Find out more…


Penrhyn Castle – NATIONAL TRUST

Distance from The Groes: 18.6miles, 34 minutes’ drive

This dramatic, neo-Norman fantasy castle is filled with fascinating gubbins, including a one tonne slate bed made especially for Queen Victoria. Be sure to check out the ‘Fantasy, Fixtures and Fittings’ special interest tour for more interesting Trivial Pursuit fodder! Pack a picnic to make a day of it – the 60-acre garden is a veritable feast of parkland, landscaped lawns, exotic trees and handsome shrubs as well as a Victorian walled garden.  Find out more…


Bodelwyddan Castle and Park

Distance from The Groes: 18.7miles, 36 minutes’ drive

Set in 260 acres of handsome parkland, the Castle is a partner of the National Portrait gallery and home to an accredited museum. Playing host to a bevy of exhibitions throughout the year, the historic house also boasts large formal gardens and natural woodland. For the young (and young at heart!) there’s an adventure playground, garden maze and traditional Victorian toys and games – Tally Ho! Find out more…


Plas Newydd, Isle of Anglesey

Distance from The Groes: 22miles, 36 minutes’ drive

Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtaking scenery, this elegant 18th century house is home to both the Marquess of Anglesey and an Australasian arboretum, no less. Well worth a visit, other highlights include a spring garden, a summer terrace and a military museum. A woodland walk also leads to a marine path beside the Menai Strait – perfect for a post-lunch pootle so pack your binoculars and make an afternoon of it. Find out more…


Plas Tan y Bwlch

Distance from The Groes: 29.8miles, 56 minutes’ drive

You’d expect the gardens of the Snowdonia National Park Environmental Studies Centre to be pretty special. And they are. The 18th century mansion and gardens fell into the hands of the National Park Authority in the 1960s. Today, it’s one of only 2 such centres in the UK. You don’t have to be a student at the Centre to enjoy the 13-acre gardens, they’re open to everyone. The gardens offer many worthwhile delights including formal terraces, a water garden, a Japanese garden, rhododendron and azalea walks, a fern nursery and a wildlife garden. There’s a nifty network of walks and paths through the woodland gardens and semi-wild areas, too. Which, not-surprisingly, are bristling with birds, insects and small creatures. Find out more…