Powis Castle and Garden, Mid Wales

Powis Castle and Garden offers beautiful Italian and French-style orangeries and aviaries, dotted with statues and enhanced during centuries of family use. The castle has an amazing vantage point overlooking the countryside thanks to its position on top of a rock. Originally built for princes, it's fit for wannabe kings and queens today.

The celebrated 26-acre garden at Powis Castle is a joy to behold. Clipped yews, tender plants and rare specimens are everywhere, laid out in classic French and Italian styles. The terraces are the place to find an orangery, and the castle itself was originally built as a medieval fortress.

garden terraces with massive clipped yews and castle.
flower spires.
Dining Room in castle. Portrait of Violet Lane Fox, Countess of Powis by Ellis Roberts to the left.

Powis Castle, the gardens and the State Dining Room, Mid Wales

Plas Newydd House and Gardens, Anglesey

Plas Newydd House and Gardens is situated on Anglesey on the shores of the Menai Strait. It's famous for its association with the artist Rex Whistler, whose work is exhibited here. See the famous mural that he completed.

There is a military museum and a collection of hydrangeas that are irresistibly colourful during the autumn months.

Plas Newydd also boasts a spring garden, Australasian arboretum, shrubs, wildflowers, massed rhododenrons and explosions of colour. There are terrific views across the water to Snowdonia, and it’s one the UK’s last strongholds of the native red squirrel – the estate has a population of around 100 of these delightful creatures.

C18th Neo-classical with cantilevered stairs and a wrought iron, and partly gilt bronze, balustrade at Plas Newydd.
Visitors looking at the Rex Whistler mural un the Dining Room at Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens, Anglesey, Wales.

Plas Newydd, on the Isle of Anglesey, including the Rex Whistler mural

Penrhyn Castle, North Wales

Penrhyn Castle, between Snowdonia and the Menai Strait, was built by Thomas Hopper as the home of the Pennants, a wealthy sugar-trading family during the early 19th century. An enormous neo-Norman castle surrounded by vast expanses of parkland, this is the place to find railway and dolls' museums, Victorian kitchens, beds of queens and all manner of other decadent surprises. 

Shot from above of the interior structure and visitors at Penrhyn Castle with sunlight coming through the window.
Aerial view of the tower at Penrhyn Castle and Menai Strait beyond.
External view of Penrhyn Castle framed by trees in the foreground with people in the distance walking in park.

Penrhyn Castle and Garden, near Bangor: the Grand Hall, views across the Menai Straits and the parkland.


Dinefwr Park, West Wales

Dinefwr Park, near Llandeilo, accommodates deer and a famed herd of white cattle that have been there since 920 in its medieval grounds, viewable from a tearoom and a wooded boardwalk. There are nearly 300 ancient trees in Dinefwr and a path shaped during the 18th century by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Visit Newton House, a mid 17th century site with a Victorian façade and a fountain garden.

View of Newton House in the distance at Dinefwr, with trees in the foreground.
Herd of fallow deer in the woodland setting at Dinefwr.
herd of white cattle with Dinewr in background.

Newton House, fallow deer in the Deer Park and the famed herd of white cattle at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire

Erddig, North East Wales

Elaborate Chinese wallpaper from the 19th century is just one of the eye-catching attractions at Erddig, near Wrexham. There is a unique collection of servant portraits too. The house has over 1,000 acres of land and the impressive outbuildings range from a bakehouse and stables to a sawmill and smithy. Treat yourself to a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or saunter through the walled gardens.

The large walled garden at the captivating Erddig house and estate has been restored to its original formal design of the 18th century, complete with trained fruit trees. There are also impressive water features, a Victorian parterre, yew walk and a National Collection of ivies.

Wooden staircase and room with wooden panels at Erddig.
A table set for grand dining with portraits on the wall and a pillar in the background at Erddig House.
An aeriel view of the 18th century Parterre garden with a partial view of Erddig House.

Erddig: the main staircase, dining room and parterre garden

Tredegar House, South Wales

Tredegar House offers a journey back to the days of Charles II 300 years ago, with unparalleled state rooms within a 90-acre park. The earliest parts of the Newport complex date back to the start of the 16th century, and the servants’ quarters entice you to imagine what life might have been like working in a glamorous house all that time ago.

Ancient trees, beautiful lakes and three exquisite mansion gardens – orchard, cedar and orangery - surround Tredegar House. This 17th century architectural wonder of Newport has 90 acres (36ha) of grounds and parkland to lose yourself in. The Morgan family – who would become Lords Tredegar – owned this country house for more than 500 years.

Front of mansion with orce mustard walls
Dining room with wooden panels and paintings on wall, chandelier and wooden table and chairs
Bed chamber with period furniture and paintings on the walls

Tredegar House: exterior view, the Brown Room and The Chamber next to the Best Chamber

Chirk Castle, North East Wales

Owners the Myddelton family still live at Chirk Castle, near Wrexham, 400 years after their ancestors moved in. Portraits, tapestries and furniture rival a shrub garden, terrace, lime tree avenue, tower and dungeon here, with the parks making space for ancient trees and elaborate gates.

Mature trees and elaborate gates seem to be everywhere at Chirk, originally crafted by local smiths, the Davies brothers, almost 300 years ago. A formal garden is home to clipped yews, roses and climbers on the wall of the castle. A shrub garden, a classical pavilion and a lime tree avenue also feature.

The Drawing Room at Chirk Castle showing the writing table, chimneypiece, chandelier and settee.
herd of white cattle with Dinewr in background.

Chirk Castle, North East Wales

Llanerchaeron, Mid Wales

Llanerchaeron is an elegant, almost understated, Georgian mansion beside the River Aeron in Ceredigion. Llanerchaeron was built in 1790 by John Nash, who included Buckingham Palace and Brighton Pavilion on his impressive CV. The house now functions as a working organic farm, with Welsh black cattle, rare Welsh pigs and Llanwenog sheep, with the estate’s meat/veg/fruit are available in the shop. 

Walled garden with roses at Llanerchaeron.
Exterior view of the Georgian villa at Llanerchaeron.

Llanerchaeron: walled garden and the Georgian Mansion

Dyffryn Gardens, South Wales

The captivating Edwardian gardens at Dyffryn in the Vale of Glamorgan, are part of a Grade I-listed landmark dotted with beautiful garden rooms, revolving seasonal displays of wonderful plants and an arboretum with an international cast of trees. You’ve more than 55 acres (22ha) to admire here, as well as an imaginative year-round events programme.

Drawing room inside Dyffryn House with red walls, ornate ceiling and a statue in the foreground.
People looking at the garden with Dyffryn house behind.
Pompeian Garden at Dyffrn Gardens with colonnades and lawns surrounding the central fountain.

Dyffryn House and Gardens: The Red Drawing Room, elegant gardens outside the house and the Pompeian Garden

Bodysgallen Hall, North Wales

Bodysgallen Hall is a 17th century house and gardens two miles from Llandudno, with spectacular views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle. The grade I listed grand country house is now a hotel, so access to its magnificent gardens including rare parterre of box hedges are normally reserved for hotel guests, or those taking afternoon tea. But you can book a tour with the head gardener, followed by lunch in the baronial hall.

blossom in foreground with country house in background
parterre garden viewed from slightly above
Drawing room at Bodysgallen Hall Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa,Conwy.

Bodysgallen Hall, near Llandudno

Plas yn Rhiw, North Wales

When the Keating sisters bought Plas yn Rhiw in the 1930s, the garden was so besieged by brambles that they had to climb in through a window. They set about creating a magical garden in the Llŷn Peninsula, situated on a hillside overlooking Porth Neigwl (Hells Mouth). The National Trust has continued their work, restoring the gardens, planting hundreds of fruit trees, and extending the estate into woodland.

Garden in foreground with pink flowers and hedges with Plas yn Rhiw house in background.

Garden in front of the house at Plas yn Rhiw, Llŷn Peninsula

Bodnant Garden, North Wales

A botanical dream, Bodnant houses seeds and cuttings assembled on intrepid expeditions more than a century ago, accompanied by lawns, ponds, terraces, valleys and streams within one incredible 80-acre (32ha) garden. Enormous arch flowers, growing almost 200 feet (60m), are among the spectacular seasonal flourishes here, not to mention the 200-year-old trees – all set against the backdrop of Snowdonia.


Very tall trees viewed from above, with person walking
Walled gardens with flowers and plants and people walking at Bodnant Garden.

Bodnant Garden, near Colwyn Bay

Colby Woodland Gardens, West Wales

It’s hard to believe now, but in the 1700s Colby was part of the Pembrokeshire coal belt. Now the informal gardens count rhododendrons, bluebells, butterflies and ducks among its natives. Meadows, a summerhouse and a beach are all nearby, as well as a walled garden and a waterfall walk. It’s a great place for kids, too, with rope swings, stepping stones and geocaching on offer.

Colby Woodland Garden showing a statue surrounded by rhododendrons.
The walled garden at Colby Woodland Garden with a white summerhouse in background.

Colby Woodland Gardens, Amroth

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