Parks and gardens of north Wales

 

We have THE most amazing parks and gardens in north Wales, something fantastic to do on your stay here. With private gardens in the national trust, country parks and wildlife havens on the coastal path. We have woodland forests and a huge Snowdonia national park with hundreds of routes around for you to explore also. But for this blog we’ll concentrate on the parks and gardens of north Wales. There are 36 in total, enough to keep you busy for the next year! Get out in the wild life and enjoy.

1.Acton Park, Wrexham

Situated in the city, this is the most popular park of Wrexham with a lot of visitors. It has a lake where you can feed the ducks. The trees are lush green and you can take casual walk or jog along with your pet dog. There are a couple of playgrounds where you can play with family and friends, great place for a day’s picnic

2.Bellevue Park, Wrexham

 This Park is located in the centre of Wrexham with a tennis court and a foot ball ground, ideal for those who are into sports and fitness. It is well maintained and lovely to walk around with beautiful colors and trees.

 

3.Moss Valley Country Park, Wrexham

                                                                                                                                                                          This was a former coalmining area, which is reclaimed and turned into a beautiful walking and cycling track. It has rich habitat of wildlife and is a home for many species of birds. Serene and quiet, it has a fishing lake and a children’s play area.

 

4.Nant Mill Country Park, Wrexham

 This Park is named after a historic corn mill located in the park. It nestles in the Clywedog Valley and offers many interesting trails.  The Mill is converted into a visitor centre which offers many nature based indoor activities.

 

5.Ty Mawr Country Park, Wrexham

 This is the most scenic Park around Wrexham. The walk to Pontcysyllte viaduct is refreshing. The farm on th Park has animals like geese, ducks, pigs, goats, donkey’s etc. The picturesque park is a good location to take lovely pictures. A must on the family picnic list.

 

6.Craig-y-Don Park, Llandudno

 This is a small community Park in the coastal town that was opened in 1930. It was a walkway around the perimeter of the park with play area for children. Good for relaxing and stretching. It is visited by a lot of local people.

 

7.Great Omre Country Park, Llandudno

 It rises from the seal like a big dragon head and boasts of interesting history right from Stone Age. It contains habitat and species that are rare in eupore on account of which it is declared as Speial Area of Conservation. The visitor centre offers many interesting interactive displays and films on diverse wildlife and history. For those who love outdoors there are many trails to choose from.

 

8.Happy Valley Gardens,  Llandudno

 This former valley site was donated to the town by Lord Mostyn in the year 1887. It was then developed into a lovely and scenic garden with fine landscape to celebrate the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. The park has many vantage points from where beautiful views of the see from and the town can be seen.  The Park has an Aerial Cable Car line to the summit of the Great Orme. It also hosts a camera obscura. It also has a ski slope and a toboggan run

 

9.Haulfre Gardens, Llandudno

This garden was developed by Henry Davis Pochin between 1871 and 1876. It has a lovely zig-zag path to the summit of Great Orme. The garden is well maintained and has a network of paths. There are many spots on this network that offer excellent view of the town and the sea shore.

  

10.Gypsy Wood Park, Caernarfon

This is a newly developed park for the family outing with lot of fun activities for children. It’s a heaven for kids with toy trains, fairy tales, tunnels, animals and many more fun games. The activities will make even a grown up to be a child gain. There are also interesting walks.

 

11.Parc Glynllifon, Caernarfon

This Park, which is a part of an old estate, has many gardens of historical importance. There are many plants and trees that are not easily found elsewhere.  There is a 19th century mansion which is now turned into an agriculture collage. There are many sculptures are cascades in the garden.

 

12. Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay 

It’s 50 acre scenic Park created by the local council. It has a sports complex with a stadium and leisure centre. The stadium and leisure centre have tennis courts, bowling greens, boating lake, children’s pay area and picnic area.

13. Queens Gardens, Colwny Bay

It is a small park with fountains and flowerbeds. It is frequented by people for walking and for family outing. It is well maintained and was awarded the Green Flag in the year 2010.

 

14. Holyhead Breakwater Country Park 

This Park is situated in an old quarry. It has a lot of natural beauty and a scenic rocky coastline. The inhabitants of the old quarry are Chough and the peregrine falcon. There are many migratory birds visiting the Park, in spring and autumn it receives the passerine birds and sea birds where as swallows and swifts are the summer visitors. The landscape also sees a lot of flowering thrifts and orchids.

 

15. Penrhos Country Park, Holyhead

This 200 acre Park is along the coast. It’s cycling path is part of the National Cycle Track Routes. You can walk through the woods and see wildlife. This park is home to red furry squirrels.

 

16. Brynbella Gardens in St Aspah

 This is small but interesting garden with beautiful trees and sculptures. There landscape changes almost at every 10 meters and there is a surprise hidden at every step. The gardens are lush green with a dash of lilac and other bright colored flowers. Vegetable and hers are also grown. There are green house to grow strawberries and grapes.. The Park has a tennis court apart.

 

17. Rhuddlan Nature Reserve, Rhuddlan

 This was earlier a dumping ground and now is a lush green nature reserve for wildlife. Though a few meters away from the main road, it is peaceful and calm. It gives a splendid view of the Rhuddlan Castle. You can spot some wild rabbits.

 

18. Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens, Menai Bridge

This is a sprawling 200 acre of garden, which is made of three different gardens. This has recently undergone restoration. There is something to see in every season. The beauty of this garden hidden from public till recently is to be seen to be believed.

 

19. Greenfield Valley Heritage Park, Holywell

This 70 acre Park is more famous for its industrial revolution museum and it’s ruins, than the enchanting woodlands and reservoirs. There is a lot that can be seen in the Park. Some of the main attractions are the Industrial Revolution Museum, ruins of the Basingwerk Abbey, Valley Museum, Workers cottages and not to forget the nature walks.

 

20. Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Llanfairpwllgwyngyll 

A sprawling 169 acres set on the banks of Menai Strait, this country house with its garden is a treat to the eyes. The garden is well laid with many species of trees and flowering plants. There is woodland of enchanting eucalyptus trees.  You can spot verity of birds in the woods, on the water and amongst the grasses.

 

21.  Coronation Gardens, Prestatyn

This garden was developed in 1911 to commemorate coronation of Queen Mary and George V. It is well maintained and has nicely laid out paths for walking and there is a children’s play area. In 2011 to mark the 100 years of the garden many varieties of trees were planted, which has given the park an interesting look.

 

22. Conwy Water Gardens, Rowen

This is situated inside the Snowdonia National Park. It has very interesting aquatic life with its aquatic centre hosting over 100 species of fish and turtle. In the pond outside fishing can be enjoyed. On the nature trail Pheasants, Capybara, lots of hens & ducks and hundreds of birds can be spotted. The Dutch Pancake house offers verity of mouthwatering pancakes.

 

23. Zip World Fforest, Betws-y-Coed

This Park is packed with adventure. Apart from the lush green woodland and the wildlife, the main attraction is the Fforest Coaster, which is a toboggan on rails that zips through the forest. Other adventures are Treetop nets, Zip Safari, Tree Hoppers and Skyrides. This is the place for you if you have an adrenaline rush.

 

24. Bodnant Garden, Tal-y-Cafn

This garden which is spread across an area of 80 acres is famous for its Laburnum Arch. The Champion trees of this garden are known for their historical merit, height and age. The garden also has national collection of Rhododendron forrestii, Magnolia, Eucryphia and Embothrium species.  This is one garden that boasts of species of plants brought from different parts of the world.

 

25. Alyn Waters Country Park, Gwersyllt

Rever Alyn passes though this park making it lush green and cool. There is trail along the banks of the river. The park also has wooded area. There is plenty of wildlife to make the walks on the many paths interesting and enjoyable.

 

26. Bible Garden, Bangor

This is a very interesting garden. The plants here have been planted in the chronological order in which they are mentioned in the Bible. There are about 150 different plants mentioned in the Bible, that are planted in this garden.

 

27. Castle Gardens, Beaumaris

This walled garden was reclaimed in 2010. There are many verities of plans that bloom through the year. Apart from enjoying the colorful bloom of the flowers you can buy best qulity plants from here and transfer a part of this lovely garden to your backyard.

 

28. Oriel Plas Gly y Weddw, Llanbedrog – Another garden that looks out to Snowdonia is accompanied by another manor. This manor hosts widow Lady Elizabeth Love Jones Parry’s art collection. The lovely manor and property are a must to walk around.

 

29. The dingle nature reserve , Llangefni

Nestled into the woods on the river Cefni in Llangefni in the centre of anglesey is the Dingle nature reserve. Its a wonderful board walks flank the river all the way to the famous salmon leap. There are ornate wood crafted sculptures all along the banks. A lovely walk among the nature of the river banks.

 

30. Plas Tan Y Bwlch, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

Nestled into Snowdonia national park are wonderful gardens at Las Tan Y Bwlch, It boasts a Japanese garden, a fern nursery and a wildlife garden, all situated around a 18th century mansion.

 

31. Port Merion village

Designed by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925, Portmerion was built in imitation of a rustic Italian village, to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it. On the shores of the Snowdonia national park

 

32. Plas Brondanw Gardens, Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd

A twentieth century garden which was owned and and designed also by the Italy-loving Arts and Crafts architect, Clough Williams-Ellis, between 1902 and 1978. It boasts a topiary, ornamented traces and yew hedging.

 

33. Bodrhyddan Hall, Denbighshire

 

Twelve acres of flowing gardens and walks among woodlands await you at Bodrhyddan Hall. There is a variety of different settings to keep most garden enthusiast occupied and pleasant surprised for the day.

 

34. Conwy water gardens

Conwy Water Gardens is set in the Conwy valley within the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. There are 3 fully stocked coarse fishing lakes, with Otters, Capybaras and lots of ducks!

 

35. Gwrych castle, Conwy

Built by the Normans in the 12C, It was seized by the Welsh prince Rhys ap Gruffydd of Deheubarth in around 1170 who then rebuilt the timber castle in stone.

 

36. Plas yn Rhiw, Pwllheli Gwynedd

Owned and run by the national trust, in the grounds of a 16 century house and gardens. Created in the 1930s was this blend of botany and history together encapsulated on the Llyn.

 

Some useful Links :

 

28 garden centres to visit in north Wales 

Gardens of north Wales website – very cool little site!

Gardening events on in 2018 in north Wales

Cheshire life article on north Wales gardens

Trip advisor top 10 gardens to visit in north Wales 

Festival of gardens north Wales 2018

 

Some good reads for you on the topic of gardens 

 

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