Great gardens around Wales

Everybody associates Wales with imperious landscapes, and the gardens and country parks across the country make the most of the incredible natural scenery, whether you’re an animal lover, a picnic connoisseur or adore exotic plants.

  • Colby Woodland Garden

    Colby Woodland Gardens, Pembrokeshire

    It’s hard to believe the grounds at Colby once witnessed the rumble of rising industry, because this peaceful space is now a charming garden of unparalleled tranquillity. Amble through a carpet of bluebells and peep through the shade of a gazebo in this woodland wonder full of dragonflies and butterflies.

  • Flower bed and multicoloured flowers at Treborth Botanic Garden
    Treborth Botanic Garden, Bangor, North Wales by Robert D Thomas

    Conceived by a railway company as a pleasure garden more than 160 years ago, Sir Joseph Paxton’s original design for Treborth was thwarted by funding problems, and the site only re-emerged during the 1960s. Shaped by university experts, its glasshouses now shelter amazing plants from Wales and across the world. 

  • Botanic Garden of Wales
    National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthenshire

    The history of the Garden of Wales is as fascinating as many of its species. Dating back to a mansion built in the 17th century, its current guise – opened in 2000 – spreads walks, pools, science discovery centres, picnic spots, rare plants, bee gardens and more across almost 600 amazing acres.

  • View of Cowbridge Physic Garden

    Cowbridge Physic Garden, Vale of Glamorgan

     by Paula J James

    Set in a historic market town, the enthusiastic volunteers at Cowbridge have created a homage to centuries of physic gardens and healing plants in an oasis from nearby city life. A relatively small garden which has won high praise over the years, this is a down-to-earth hidden treasure.

  • Bodnant Garden

    Bodnant Garden, Conwy, North Wales

    Bodnant is blessed with one of the most impressive collections anywhere in the world, with century-old cuttings, 180-foot arch flowers and towering ancient trees against the backdrop of Snowdonia. Relax in the shrub borders, enjoy the Italianate terrace and admire the central Poem, where generations of one family rest.

  • Aberglasney Gardens

    Aberglasney, Tywi Valley, Carmarthenshire

    Aberglasney is steeped in Medieval history – Henry Tudor even knighted original owner William ap Thomas. More than 400 years on, there is so much to see: a beautiful Cloister Garden and a tunnel of ancient trees are among the highlights. Ghost sightings add to the allure of a spectacular setting.

  • Dyffryn Gardens

    Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan

    The captivating Edwardian gardens at Dyffryn are part of a Grade I-listed landmark dotted with beautiful garden rooms, revolving seasonal displays of wonderful plants and an Arboretum housing an international cast of trees. You’ve more than 55 acres to admire here, as well as an imaginative year-round events programme.

  • Close up of a waterfall at Singleton Park Botanical Gardens
    Singleton Park Botanical Gardens, Swansea by Eiona. R.

    At the heart of Swansea’s Singleton Park, colour is the calling card of a set of Gardens set within an old walled garden. With a cacti-accommodating Desert House, a Tropical House of rainforest plants and a glasshouse of sugar cane, coffee plants and more, you’ll find yourself soothed and inspired.

  • Clyne Gardens

    Clyne Gardens, Swansea

    Japanese gardens, lakes, a cottage and a chapel are among the eye-catching features at this 19th century idyll, but it’s best known for the diversity of the plants and trees swaying among its 19 hectares. Rhododendrons, Pieris and Enkianthus are the noted inhabitants in an urban haven full of surprises.

  • Veddw Gardens in Monmouthshire

    Veddw House, Devauden, Wye Valley

     by rmtw

    Veddw House was named most original garden in the Best Of British Gardens published by Reader's Digest in 2012. It's the result of 20 years' hard labour by its owners and while contemporary in nature; owes a nod to bygone times and traditions. In fact, according to the writer Germaine Greer, Veddw House Garden is as all gardening should be - conceptual. That's us told, then.

More parks and gardens in Wales