Must-Visit Gardens in Bala for That Relaxing Escape

bodnant garden

Must-Visit Gardens in Bala for That Relaxing Escape

Wales is famous for its fierce hills and rugged coastline, but there’s also a surprising wildness in the country’s gardens. Some of them are included in gardens that are open to the public – a great reason to explore this part of the UK. Here are a few of the great gardens in North and Mid-Wales, which are well worth visiting.

Welcome to Bala

The town of Bala is a sleepy kind of place, with several shops and a market held weekly. With the River Dee and its beautiful valley to the north of the town, it’s a great spot to venture into the National Park.

Here are the gardens you can visit around Bala:

Caerau Uchaf Gardens

Location: Caerau Uchaf, Sarnau, Bala LL23 7LG

This garden is a privately owned one and is considered the highest private garden in the area opened to the public. You will enjoy a panoramic sight when you visit this garden. Furthermore, you will find a cafe where you can taste food harvested directly from the garden and their homemade pastries and biscuits.

It will also be a perfect destination if you want to see a well-kept small nursery that has been in the garden for almost three decades. Make sure to book before you visit. If you want to see the area regularly, you can also join as a member.

Bodnant Garden

Location: Tal-y-Cafn, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE

If you want to see a world-class garden, the Bodnant Garden should be part of your itinerary. It is where you will find national collections and champions of trees.

This garden has been present for a century and a half already. Imagine how many plants and trees the generation of its owners, the McLaren family, and their gardeners have added to this beautiful sight.

You can witness the garden in all of its beautiful colours all year round. It is the perfect place for any age, especially for those looking for a good place for relaxation.

Expect to see a garden, tearooms, and riverside kiosk. Dogs on short leads are also welcome to join you on this relaxing trip. Just make sure to check their allowed schedule so you can follow accordingly.

There is no longer a pre-booking for those who want to visit the garden. 

Plas Brondanw

Location: Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6SW

How about visiting historic houses right next to a beautiful garden? If that seems interesting to you, a visit to Plas Brondanw would be an excellent addition to your list.

The Plas Brondanw gardens are considered some of the most important creations of Clough Williams-Ellis. Besides being the genius behind the Portmeirion Village creation, he is also an environmentalist and a founding member of the CPRE (Council for the Protection of Rural England).

Inside the house, you will enjoy an art gallery that features different artists each time. You will also see Susan Williams-Ellis’s artwork and artefacts. There is also a little charming coffee shop within the garden that will allow you to enjoy the local taste of Welsh products while enjoying the garden’s view.

When visiting this place, note that there is no pre-booking required. If you are a member of the Historic Houses, simply bring your membership cards. All proceeds go to garden maintenance.


North and Mid-Wales are home to many beautiful gardens that you should not miss when you visit the area. From the exquisite garden of Bodnant to the relaxing coffee shop of Plas Brondanw, you will surely enjoy your visit and the time spent in these captivating places. You can visit these places with the kids or the whole family. 

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